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Seven Years in Tibet -- Heinrich Harrer is an Austrian mountaineer in search of fame and glory. His 1939 adventure takes him to Tibet where the Dalai Lama teaches him selflessness.
Seven Years in Tibet -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Heinrich Harrer (book)
Becky Johnston (screenplay)
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10 October 1997 (USA) See more »
At the end of the world his real journey began.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brad Pitt ... Heinrich Harrer

David Thewlis ... Peter Aufschnaiter

BD Wong ... Ngawang Jigme

Mako ... Kungo Tsarong

Danny Denzongpa ... Regent

Victor Wong ... Chinese 'Amban'

Ingeborga Dapkunaite ... Ingrid Harrer
Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk ... Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old
Lhakpa Tsamchoe ... Pema Lhaki
Jetsun Pema ... Great Mother
Ama Ashe Dongtse ... Tashi
Sonam Wangchuk ... Dalai Lama, 8 Years Old
Dorjee Tsering ... Dalai Lama, 4 Years Old

Ric Young ... General Chang Jing Wu
Ngawang Chojor ... Lord Chamberlain (as Ven. Ngawang Chojor)

Duncan Fraser ... British Officer
Benedick Blythe ... Nazi Official
Tom Raudaschl ... Lutz Chicken
Wolfgang Tonninger ... Hans Lobenhoffer
Samdup Dhargyal ... The Garpon
Chemchok ... Garpon's Agent
Tenzin Jangchub ... Declaration Monk Official (as Ven. Tenzin Jangschub)
Angphurba Sherpa ... Tibetan General (as Major Angphurba Sherpa)
Tsering Wangdue ... Burly Guide
Yama Ngudup Cheshatsang ... Burly Guide
Kalsang Dhundop Lungtok ... Vendor Ice-Skates
Sonam Bidhartsang ... Jacket Vendor
Lama Champa Tsondu ... Watch Vendor
Geshe Lobsang Nyma ... Ling Rinpoche
Geshe Yeshi Tsultrim ... Trijang Rinpoche
Lama Champa Chandu ... Dalai Lama's Room Attendant
Pemba Norbu Sherpa ... Young Sherpa
Karma Apo-Tsang ... Messenger to Great Mother
Ngawang Tenzingyatso ... Jokhang Monk Official (as Ven. Ngawang Tenzin Gyatso)
Choeden Tsering ... Military Instructor
Lama Jampa Lekshe ... Monk Head of Security
Lama Thupten Nugdup ... Head of Security's Aide
Daniel Tedeschi ... Marchese
Gerardo Ebert ... Horst Immerhof
Sebastian Zevalia ... Younger Rolf Harrer
Philipp Kriechbaum ... Older Rolf Harrer
Lobsang Gendun Rinpoche ... Tibetan
Tenzin Gyaltsen Rinpoche ... Tibetan
Sharpa Tulku Rinpoche ... Tibetan
Zongra Tulku Rinpoche ... Tibetan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor A. Haddox ... Priest at Graz Train Station (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Annaud 
Writing credits
Heinrich Harrer (book)

Becky Johnston (screenplay)

Produced by
Jean-Jacques Annaud .... producer
Michael Besman .... executive producer
Richard B. Goodwin .... executive producer (as Richard Goodwin)
Catherine Moulin .... producer: Himalaya
David Nichols .... executive producer
Iain Smith .... producer
Diane Summers .... executive producer: Himalaya
Alisa Tager .... associate producer
John H. Williams .... producer
Original Music by
John Williams 
Cinematography by
Robert Fraisse (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Noëlle Boisson 
Casting by
Priscilla John 
Francine Maisler 
Production Design by
Hoang Thanh At  (as At Hoang)
Art Direction by
Claude Paré (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Jim Erickson 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
Makeup Department
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist: Mr. Pitt, Argentina (as Jean Black)
Christine Blundell .... makeup artist: Mr. Thewlis, Argentina
Desideria Corridoni .... hair stylist: Argentina
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... key hair stylist: Argentina
Paul Engelen .... key makeup artist: Argentina
Thom MacIntyre .... hair stylist: Canada (as Tom McIntyre)
Stefano Nigro .... hair stylist: Argentina
Barry Richardson .... hair stylist: Argentina
Meg Speirs .... makeup artist: Argentina
Alberto Moccia .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Eleanor Chaudhuri .... production manager: Argentina
Doro Geyer .... production manager: Austria
Trevor Ingman .... unit manager: Argentina
Philip Kohler .... production manager: Argentina
Brent O'Connor .... production manager
Edmon Roch .... production manager
Michael Saxton .... post-production supervisor
Araceli Segarra .... production manager: High Himalayas, Himalaya
Barbara Factorovich .... assistant unit production manager (uncredited)
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Juan Pablo Laplace .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Brebner .... first assistant director: Canada
Olivier Brejoux .... first assistant director: Himalaya
Mark Egerton .... first assistant director
Mark Egerton .... second unit director
Javier Garrido .... second assistant director: Argentina
Tenzin Chodak Gyalpo .... tibetan assistant director: Argentina
Peter Heslop .... second assistant director: Argentina
Nawang Khechog .... tibetan assistant director: Argentina
Justin Muller .... first assistant director: second unit
Allen Smith .... second unit director: Argentina and Canada
Martin Sosa .... first assistant director: Argentina
Sonam Tashi .... assistant director: Argentina
Hernan Zayas .... second assistant director: second unit
Martin Hodara .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Gordon Brunner .... property assistant: Argentina
James H. Chow .... property master (as Jim Chow)
Francois-Pierre Deberre .... scenic painter supervisor: Argentina (as Francois Pierre Deberre)
Gordon Izod .... supervising plasterer: Argentina
Reginald Keywood .... assistant construction coordinator: Argentina (as Reg Keywood)
Ignacio McBurney .... property assistant: Argentina
Graciela Oderigo .... assistant art director: Argentina (as Graciela 'Coca' Oderigo)
John Park .... supervising carpenter: Argentina
John Paterson .... construction coordinator: Argentina
Dave Philpott .... supervising carpenter: Argentina (as David Philpott)
Pierre Queffelean .... supervising art director: Argentina
Pippa Rawlinson .... draughtsman
Maxime Rebière .... storyboard artist
George Richardson .... supervising art director: Argentina
Wayne Shepherd .... lead man
Clementine Terramorsi .... art department researcher: Argentina
Paul Wescott .... supervising painter: Argentina
Victor J. Zolfo .... assistant set decorator: Argentina (as Victor Zolfo)
Scott Calderwood .... leadman (uncredited)
Anthony Caron-Delion .... set designer (uncredited)
Patricio M. Farrell .... props buyer (uncredited)
Gavin Gordon .... supervising carpenter: Argentina (uncredited)
Catherine Leighton .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Frank Matthews .... supervising plasterer (uncredited)
Paul Mulder .... property master: second unit (uncredited)
Nicolas Scabini .... draftsman (uncredited)
Chris Sneddon .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Mario Tomas-Niedworok .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philip Alton .... dialogue editor
Tim Cavagin .... sound re-recording mixer
Colin Codner .... boom operator: Argentina
Tim Hands .... additional sound editor
Peter Holt .... foley editor
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
James Kusan .... boom operator: Canada
Mark Lafbery .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrés Mayo .... boom operator: second unit
Christine Newall .... assistant foley editor
Richard Patton .... sound mixer: Canada (as Rick Patton)
Peter Pennell .... supervising sound editor
Grahame Peters .... additional sound editor
Julian Rodd .... additional sound editor
Victoria Stevens .... assistant dialogue editor
Ken Weston .... sound mixer: Argentina
Tim Worth .... sound mixer: second unit
Darren Brisker .... sound mixer: Canada (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Alan Snelling .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dan Cervin .... special effects technician: Argentina
André Dominguez .... special effects technician: Argentina
Corbin Fox .... special effects technician: Argentina
Dean Lockwood .... special effects
Reg Milne .... special effects technician: Argentina (as Reginald Milne)
Chris Clarke .... model maker (uncredited)
Dave Dunaway .... effects rigger (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Laurent Ben-Mimoun .... digital matte painter
Dimitri Delacovias .... digital matte painter
Antony Hunt .... visual effects producer
Andrew Jeffery .... digital film controller
Roger Lofting .... visual effects producer
Phillippe Montagny .... digital effects supervisor
Trevor Young .... film recording
Simon Carr .... digital effects artist: Magic Camera (uncredited)
Alan Church .... digital effects supervisor: Film Factory (uncredited)
Max Dennison .... digital matte artist (uncredited)
Andy Fowler .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
José Granell .... director of miniature effects (uncredited)
Sarah Marchant .... Inferno compositing artist (uncredited)
Daniel Pettipher .... digital artist: The Magic Camera Company (uncredited)
Sandra Roach .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Angie Wills .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Marc Cass .... stunts
Ray De-Haan .... stunts (as Ray de Haan)
David Forman .... stunts
Nick Gillard .... stunt coordinator
Vincent Keane .... stunts
Jamie Payton .... stunts
Andreas Petrides .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rick Allen .... key grip: Canada
Peter Allwork .... camera operator: Wescam, Austria
David Appleby .... key grip: Argentina
David Appleby .... still photographer: Argentina
Eddie Arguelles .... video assist operator: second unit
Sylvain Bardoux .... key grip: Himalaya
Klemens Becker .... Steadicam operator
Klemens Becker .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert Binnall .... focus puller: Argentina
David Breashears .... unit camera: High Himalayan
François Daignault .... Steadicam operator: second unit
François Daignault .... assistant camera
François Daignault .... second assistant camera: second unit
Carlos De San José .... grip: second unit
Pascale Ferradini .... assistant camera: Himalaya
Pablo Gómez .... video assist: Argentina
Malcolm Huse .... second grip: Argentina
Vincent Jeannot .... camera operator: Himalaya
Martin Kenzie .... camera operator
Alan McPherson .... gaffer: second unit (as Alan Macpherson)
Sascha Mieke .... Steadicam focus puller: Argentina
Sascha Mieke .... camera operator: "b" camera, Argentina
Robert Palmer .... clapper loader: Argentina
Rob Parisien .... video assist: Canada
Michael Praun .... clapper loader: Argentina
Araceli Segarra .... assistant camera: High Himalayas, Himalaya
Jocelyn Simard .... first assistant camera: second unit
Allen Smith .... camera operator: second unit, Argentina and Canada
Jeff Upton .... gaffer: Canada
Miguel 'Pipi' Zarcovich .... grip: Argentina
Peter Bloor .... gaffer (uncredited)
David Breashears .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mark Evans .... electrician (uncredited)
Anabella Goldberger .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bill Kaye .... additional still photographer (uncredited)
John Le Roy .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Vincent McConnachie .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Ray Meehan .... best boy (uncredited)
Larry Portmann .... clapper loader: "a" camera, Vancouver (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Kathy Driscoll .... casting associate: Argentina (as Kathy Driscoll-Mohler)
Roy Easdale .... extras casting: Argentina
Lucky Englander .... casting: Austria
Fritz Fleischhacker .... casting: Austria
Liz Legum .... extras casting coordinator: Argentina
Patricia Pao .... casting: Hong Kong (as Pat Pao)
Lucinda Syson .... casting associate: Argentina
Orla Maxwell .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gastone Grassi .... costume cutter: Argentina
Kate Healey .... costumer: Canada
Carla Hetland .... wardrobe manager: Argentina
Paolo Scalabrino .... costume supervisor: Argentina
Claudio Manzi .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Maurizio Torti .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Marisa Urruti .... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Giles Gardner .... second assistant editor
Christine Marier .... first assistant editor
Giulia Maura .... post-production coordinator
Tasha Pym .... second assistant editor
Fabrice Rouaud .... assistant editor: avid
Jeanne Valentine Viannay .... post-production secretary
Steve Farman .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Location Management
Leo Baumgartner .... location manager: Austria
Caito Martins .... location manager: Argentina
Rakesh Mehra .... assistant location manager: Argentina
Robin Mounsey .... location manager
Music Department
Sally Boldt .... music editor
Budd Carr .... executive in charge of music
Jeff Charbonneau .... music editor
Robin Clarke .... source music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Phuntsok Namgyal Dhumkhang .... advisor: Tibetan music/art, Argentina
Jonathan Enraght-Moony .... assistant music editor
Yo-Yo Ma .... musician: cello solos
Jill Meyers .... music clearances
Shawn Murphy .... score mixer
John Neufeld .... orchestrator
Kenneth Wannberg .... supervising music editor (as Ken Wannberg)
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov .... concertmaster (uncredited)
Bruce Dukov .... violin (uncredited)
Shawn Murphy .... music recordist (uncredited)
John Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
John Williams .... music producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ricardo Avelluto .... picture car coordinator: Argentina
Diego Conejero .... transportation coordinator: Argentina
Arthur Dunne .... transportation manager: Argentina
John Kavanagh .... transportation captain: Argentina
Blue Angus .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
Victor A. Haddox .... production driver (uncredited)
Paul Irvine .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
Other crew
Ana Aizenberg .... production associate: Argentina
Mercedes Alfonsín .... buyer: Argentina
Laurence Duval Annaud .... advisor
Laurence Duval Annaud .... script supervisor
Stacy Arnold .... office assistant: Los Angeles and Argentina
Pete Athans .... production assistant: High Himalayas, Himalaya
G.D. Bakshi .... catering supervisor: Argentina
Celia Bannerman .... acting coach
Jasmine Barry .... production office coordinator: Canada
Veronique Bataille .... assistant: Mr. Annaud, Paris/Argentina
Steve Beeson .... production accountant: Argentina
Bi Benton .... production office coordinator: Argentina
Barbara Berkery .... dialogue coach: Argentina
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer: Argentina
Philippe Boutillier .... sculpture supervisor: Argentina
David Breashears .... unit director: High Himalayan
Brigitte Cardinal .... sculptor: Argentina
Elias Eljiadue Castilla .... robes dyer: Argentina
Tenzin Chogyal .... advisor: Tibetan religion, Argentina (as Ven. Tenzin Chogyal)
Dale Clarke .... armorer: Argentina
Geneviève Thomas Colvin .... assistant: Mr. Carr
Horacio Cuervo .... unit doctor: Argentina (as Dr. Horacio Cuervo)
Susan d'Arcy .... unit publicist: Argentina
Paul Dallanegra .... security consultant: Argentina
Jack W. Haddox .... production auditor (as Jack Haddox)
Tarn Harper .... post-production accountant
Ngawang Jimpa .... advisor: Tibetan history, Argentina (as Professor Ngawang Jimpa)
David Lindsey .... security consultant: Argentina
Iain Lowe .... supervising rigger: Argentina
Domenico Mancino .... accessories specialist: Argentina
Catherine Moulin .... producer: Himalaya
Robin Mounsey .... security officer
G.D. Murthi .... production accountant: Argentina
Anne Nevin .... production office coordinator: Argentina
Frédéric North .... helicopter pilot: Austria (as Fred North)
Mike O'Farrell .... catering coordinator: Argentina
Linda Pearce .... assistant production office coordinator: Canada
Marina Peralta Ramos .... production office coordinator: Argentina
Rakra Tethong Rinpoche .... advisor: Tibetan tradition, Argentina
John Robertson .... supervising rigger: Argentina
Brigitte Schmouker .... script supervisor: second unit
Tenzin Tethong .... advisor: Tibet
Eric Valli .... unit director: Himalayan
Chris Vickery .... unit nurse: Himalaya
Juan Aguirre .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Patricia Aguirre .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Dama Claire .... production consultant (uncredited)
Carolina Cortes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Bennett Fidlow .... additional legal services (uncredited)
Augusto Grassi .... jeweler (uncredited)
Augusto Grassi .... leather work master (uncredited)
Lejla Hadzimuratovic .... assistant to associate producer (uncredited)
Ryan R. Johnson .... assistant to head of production (uncredited)
Ajai Kapur .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Alejandro Levi .... celebrity personal assistant (uncredited)
Maeve Mannion .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Sandra Matossi .... production accountant: Canada (uncredited)
Richard Morrison .... title designer (uncredited)
Kim Smith .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for some violent sequences
136 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

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Upon release, the film was condemned by the government of the People's Republic of China who claimed that the Communist Chinese military officers depicted were intentionally shown as being impolite and arrogant. They also objected to the positive depiction of the Dalai Lama.See more »
Factual errors: (at around 1h 20 mins) A scene depicts communist China stomping into the Holy Land. Unfortunately, the identification of "China" was wrong in the film. (1) The flag shown was for ROC (the short-lived Republic of China, founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, defeated by the communists), which was not the communist China's flag. Communist China's flag is all red with a few yellow stars. The flag shown in the movie is red-white-blue. (2) The Chinese government names, shown more than twice in the movie, said "Republic of China (4 characters)", whereas it should have been "People's Republic of China (7 characters)".See more »
[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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Where/what is Nanga Parbat?
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34 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Too long but still worth it, 27 February 1999
Author: Sean Gallagher ( from Brooklyn, NY

The main problem with this film, and indeed with many films set in the outdoors, is that it's too long. Maybe it's because I'm a product of the city and the suburbs, but to me, most movies set in the outdoors that don't use the scenery to advance the plot or set the mood, but rather just want to gaze at it, bore me quickly. It's like, "Yes, it's beautiful, let's move on." Also, though I like Brad Pitt, he doesn't always do the job with his Austrian accent; even when he gets it down, you're always thinking, "That's Brad Pitt doing an Austrian accent," rather than, "That's Heinrich Harrer." And that whole subplot about Harrer missing the son he's never seen doesn't work.

Still, there is much to like in this film. In many of these "white men in strange country" movies, the emphasis is on what the white man teaches the people in the other country, and that's somewhat condescending; here, it's on what the people in the other country teach Harrer, yet his story isn't made more important than the story of the Tibet people. Also, though his accent doesn't convince, Pitt is convincing as Harrer in the physical sense; he looks like a former skier and like the blond, blue-eyed ideal of the Nazis. And finally, he's convincing in taking us through Harrer's transformation.

Two more things; one, someone in their comments wondered how the Dalai Lama knew so much about Western culture. According to the book, Harrer found the Dalai Lama to be quite curious about the world around him, so he studied what he could. Also, the film meets head-on the controversy about Harrer being a former Nazi; it doesn't soft-pedal his past at all, which makes his transformation that much more convincing.

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