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Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

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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:

$15,900,000 (Non-US) (28 November 1997)

Gross:

$37,901,509 (USA) (6 February 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because of their roles in the movie, David Thewlis and Brad Pitt are banned from ever entering China. 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

Peter Aufschnaiter: You should have told me how bad that wound was. I should take a look at it. I can sew it up.
Heinrich Harrer: It's not your problem.
Peter Aufschnaiter: Actually it is my problem. It's my life.
Heinrich Harrer: What?
Peter Aufschnaiter: When you conceal serious injury and put my life at risk I consider that my problem.
Heinrich Harrer: No, you put your life at risk. I saved it so shut up!
Peter Aufschnaiter: Please, it's not your place.
Heinrich Harrer: Shut up!
Peter Aufschnaiter: Next time you lie about an injury, Heinrich, you're off the team.
Heinrich Harrer: Try it.
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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 Une américaine à Paris (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Yar-lung Tin-sang
Performed by Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)
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Cinematography is absolutely brilliant
23 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has some of the best cinematography I have ever seen. The movie does a great job of showing the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa as well as the rural villages of Tibet. Not to mention the breath taking views of the Himalayas.

Yes, Brad Pitt's accent wasn't exactly his best but it's forgivable when watching the movie. His acting was superb, portraying Heinrich's transition, which is what the movie is all about.

The movie did lack qualities of the book, the ending was totally wrong and somewhat disappointing. And the whole Nazi part in Austria was completely unnecessary.

Besides a few minor details, the movie is well worth the 2 1/2 hours especially if you are interested in the Chinese seizure of Tibet and the Tibetan culture and people.

(Free Tibet!)


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