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Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  10 October 1997 (USA)
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True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

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After the death of 11 climbers, Austrian Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) decides to add glory to his country and to the German pride by climbing Nanga Parbat in British India, and leaves his expectant wife behind. Egoist and a loner, he does not get along with others on his team - but must bend to their wishes after bad weather threatens them. Then WWII breaks out, they are arrested and lodged in Dehra Dun's P.O.W. Camp. He attempts to break out in vain several times, but finally does succeed along with Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), and end up in the holy city of Lhasa - a place banned to foreigners. They are provided food and shelter, and Peter ends up marrying a tailor, Pema Lhaki, while Heinrich befriends the Dalai Lama. He meets regularly to satiate the child's curiosity about the world, including Jack the Ripper and 'yellow hair'; in return he is exposed to teachings of Lord Buddha and even constructs a movie theater, while getting news of the end of the war; his divorce; and ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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At the end of the world his real journey began.


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Rated PG-13 for some violent sequences | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Siete años en el Tíbet  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,066,508 (USA) (10 October 1997)

Gross:

$37,901,509 (USA) (6 February 1998)
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Trivia

Director Jean-Jacques Annaud sent a team to Tibet to secretly film footage. About 20 minutes of it made it into the finished film. This was kept secret even after the film's premiere and not known until summer 1999. See more »

Goofs

Some of the Ghurkas who arrest Harrer in 1939 carry Sten Guns which did not exist for another two years. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Heinrich Harrer: Why must you be this way? Why, why is there always a problem? It's a good question. Do you want to go home? Do you want to turn around?
Ingrid Harrer: Yes.
Heinrich Harrer: Would that make... It's the Himalayas! How long have I been talking about the Himalayas? How long?
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Crazy Credits

As the end credits roll, a view of the mountains of Tibet is seen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Staring at Headlights (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Ku-nga Torbul: Invocation Of The Five Emanations
Performed by Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery
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Excellent
13 April 2006 | by (Nyiregyhaza, Hungary) – See all my reviews

This masterpiece, still makes me curious every time I see it. Brad Pitt does an amazing job portraying an Austrian, even down to his accent. The cinematography is extraordinary, and the direction is quite good. I love watching it every so often, and learning new things that I missed the times before.

The film has a great amount of interesting facts, and takes place in the 1930's through '50's. There are times when it is; magical, spiritual, enlightening, sweet, sad and poignant.

I recommend it to anyone who enjoys interesting and true stories. If nothing else watch Pitt with his masterful portrayal of this real life character, who faces hardships, physically, spiritually and emotionally.


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