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Writer (WGA):
Robert J. Avrech (written by)
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Release Date:
9 November 1997 (USA) See more »
Extreme Adventure. Extreme Danger.
An adaptation of Jon Krakauer's best selling book, "Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Robert Markowitz 
Writing credits
Robert J. Avrech (written by)

Produced by
David Minkowski .... co-producer
Rosalie Muskatt .... producer
Hans Proppe .... producer
Bernard Sofronski .... executive producer
Matthew Stillman .... co-producer
Deborah Edell Underwood .... associate producer
Rachel Verno .... co-producer
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
Cinematography by
Neil Roach (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Beatty 
Production Design by
Christiaan Wagener 
Art Direction by
Jindrich Kocí  (as Jindra Koci)
Set Decoration by
Astrid Sieben 
Costume Design by
Barbara Lane 
Makeup Department
Jirí Farkas .... key hair stylist (as Jiri Farkas)
Meg Speirs .... key makeup artist
Eva Ungrová-Malíková .... hair stylist (as Eva Ungrová)
Eva Ungrová-Malíková .... makeup artist (as Eva Ungrová)
Production Management
Michal Skop .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Lawrence Ludwig .... first assistant director (as Carl Ludwig)
Jana Ludwigova .... second assistant director
Mirek Lux .... assistant director
Emily Stillman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jiri Juda .... property master
Jan O'Connell .... art department coordinator: art department
Michael Lichtenegger .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Suzanne Angel .... adr editor
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Petr Forejt .... boom operator
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Jones .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Lyle .... supervising sound editor
Jay Patterson .... production sound
Dennis Sager .... sound engineer
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
David C. Eichhorn .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Karl-Heinz Bochnig .... special effects coordinator (as Karl Heinz Bochnig)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Chalupa .... key grip
Martin Grosup .... camera operator
Avraham Leibman .... gaffer (as Abraham Leibman)
Franz Schrems .... director of photography: second unit
Jan Carda .... focus puller (uncredited)
Casting Department
Judith Holstra .... casting: U.S.
Jeremy Zimmermann .... casting: U.K.
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stana Slosserova .... set costumer
Sarka Zvolenska .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Z. Jean Woods .... assistant editor
Ed Twiford .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Don Sanders .... music editor
Other crew
Leo Baumgartner .... climbing technical advisor
Kathi Danielson .... production accountant
Denny Flinn .... assistant to executive producer
Monika Hanzlikova .... assistant: Mr. Markowitz
Ron Hart .... production assistant
Andy House .... production executive
Todd M. Lachniet .... production coordinator (as Todd Lachniet)
Lida Ordnungova .... production coordinator
Pavlina Prikrylova .... assistant production coordinator
Francesco Stazzonelli .... location manager
Carol Stewart .... script supervisor
Christian Stoltz .... production assistant
Jiri Tichacek .... assistant accountant (uncredited)

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Climbing guide Anatoli Boukreev's last name should be pronounced "BOUK-ar-YEY-yev." Jon Krakauer (in voiceover) and Scott Fischer pronounce it "BOUK-reave."See more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Nathaniel Parker as Rob Hall is the reason to watch this film, 2 June 2003
Author: countryway_48864 from United States

After reading many comments about this film I see that most of those who saw the film thought it a tacky and not very well-done attempt at cashing in on a real tragedy. I agree in part.

First of all, I watched Into Thin Air with Jon's book on my lap. The resemblances were, for the most part, stunning. Nat Parker looks so much like Rob Hall they could have been brothers. Horton isn't as tall or as handsome as Fischer, but fairly close. I wished they'd had Horton wear Scott's trade-mark pony-tail. And so it goes.

Many people objected to the non-Everest setting. For that you must consult the Miramax documentary filmed at the time of the tragedy. I have that film as well.

Too me the Into Thin Air group did a good job of simulating the conditions on Everest and the quiet heroism of both Hall and Scott at the end.

The real reason to watch Into Thin Air is to watch Nat Parker as Hall. He has superb control and is beautifully understated. He always makes you believe that he could guide you up anything and take you back down again, safely. He conversation with his wife is one of the most remarkable scenes I've ever watched. Intimate, warm and sadly filled with hope that is all bravura on Hall-Parker's part and all faith in her husband's ability to survive on Mrs. Hall's end. This scene had me in tears, just as the real voice of the real Rob Hall recorded in the Miramax documentary made me cry.

Not a great film by any means, but still worth watching.

This is a cautionary tale. Don't take silk sheets, coffee makers and computers to Mt. Everest, unless you are willing and able to carry them yourself.

The exploitation of the Sherpa's by professional climbing teams is well known. Tenzing Norgay cautioned his son, Jam-Ling NOT to become a beast of burden when he climbed Everest for himself.

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