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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:

8 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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Trivia

Brad Pitt was paid $8 million for appearing in the film. 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

Heinrich Harrer: There was a time that I would have wished you dead but your shame shall be your torture and your torture will be your life! I wish it to be long.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References Jack the Ripper (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Gya-Lu Nam-Thar
Performed by the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA)
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User Reviews

 
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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