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Everest -- An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return to Base Camp. It also shows many of the challenges the group faced, including avalanches, lack of oxygen, treacherous ice walls, and a deadly blizzard.


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Writers (WGA):
Tim Cahill (written by) &
Stephen Judson (written by)
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6 March 1998 (USA) See more »
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An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Liam Neeson ... Himself / Narrator (voice)
Lhakpa Dorji ... Summit Team, sherpa
Dorje Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Ed Viesturs ... Summit Team Leader, USA
Muktu Lhakpa Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Thilen Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Jangbu Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Araceli Segarra ... Summit Team, Spain
Wong Chu Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Robert Schauer ... Summit Team, Austria
Jamling Tenzing Norgay ... Summit Team, Nepal
David Breashears ... Summit Team, USA
Chyangba Tamang ... Base Camp Head Cook
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tracy Pfau ... Mountain Climber
Roger Bilham ... Geologist (uncredited)
Paula Viesturs ... Base Camp Manager (uncredited)
Beck Weathers ... Climber (uncredited)

Directed by
David Breashears 
Stephen Judson 
Greg MacGillivray 
Writing credits
Tim Cahill (written by) &
Stephen Judson (written by)

Produced by
Stephen Judson .... producer
Alec Lorimore .... producer
Greg MacGillivray .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel May 
Steve Wood 
Cinematography by
David Breashears 
Film Editing by
Stephen Judson 
Production Management
Kathy Almon .... production manager
Sound Department
Pembrooke Andrews .... assistant dialogue editor
Harry Cohen .... sound editor
Bob Costanza .... sound effects editor
Paul Curtis .... adr editor
Paul Curtis .... sound editor
David Farmer .... sound effects editor
Marshall Garlington .... sound
Laura Kamper .... sound effects editor (as Laura Pratt)
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Jonathan Karp .... sound effects editor
Shawn Kennelly .... foley recordist
Jason King .... dialogue editor
Jyoti Rana .... sound
Ann Scibelli .... sound editor
Ken Teaney .... sound
David Abrahamsen .... mag recordist (uncredited)
Juan Peralta .... sound re-recording assistant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Nigel Broad .... senior animator
Lisa Slates Connors .... digital artist
Stevan Del George .... senior digital compositor: Atomix
Alan G. Markowitz .... visual effects supervisor: Imagica USA
Peter Muyzers .... digital compositor: Trix
Todd Semmes .... head rigger
Den Serras .... senior technical artist: Stereo D
Daniel White .... visual effects producer
Mark A. Decker .... animator: Xaos (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... IMAX optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Blum .... assistant camera
David Breashears .... camera operator
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Greg MacGillivray .... additional camera operator
Brad Ohlund .... additional camera operator
Robert Schauer .... assistant camera: Everest
Editorial Department
Myles Connolly .... associate editor
Matthew Muller .... post-production coordinator
Chris Thomas .... hd colorist
Robert Walker .... first assistant editor
Music Department
William Boston .... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Alan Deremo .... musician
Other crew
Cynthia Beall .... science advisor (as Dr. Cynthia Beall)
Roger Bilham .... science advisor (as Dr. Roger Bilham)
Broughton Coburn .... cultural and historical advisors
Elizabeth Cohen .... expedition production manager
Janna Emmel .... production personnel
Teresa Ferreira .... production coordinator
James Fisher .... cultural and historical advisors (as Dr. James Fisher)
Debbie Fogel .... production personnel
Kip Hodges .... science advisor (as Dr. Kip Hodges)
Charles Houston .... science advisor (as Dr. Charles Houston)
Linda Marcopulos .... production personnel
Robert Mehnert .... aerial unit director
Audrey Salkeld .... cultural and historical advisors
Christopher Scotese .... science advisor (as Dr. Christopher Scotese)
Lakpa Sherpa .... cultural and historical advisors
Jack Tankard .... production personnel
Paula Viesturs .... base camp manager
Bradford Washburn .... science advisor (as Dr. Bradford Washburn)
Neil Thomas Buttermore .... production assistant (uncredited)
Craig Dyer .... helicopter pilot: aerial unit (uncredited)

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Did You Know?

Jamling Tenzing Norgay is the son of Tenzing Norgay, who, with Sir Edmund Hillary, made the first ascent of Everest in 1953.See more »
Paula Viesturs:The difference between me and Ed is... when we go for a 5-hour bike ride, I call it a workout. He calls it a warm-up.See more »
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40 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
It's not the whole story, but that wasn't its job., 30 November 2004
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

A lot of times I browse through other reviews when contemplating what I want to say about a movie, and never have I been more disturbed than by reading people's reviews of this film. One IMDb reviewer placed a post on the page for Everest (2005) in which he attacked Jon Krakauer, author of the spectacular novel Into Thin Air, not only of selfishly misrepresenting the actions of people on the mountain, but also of sleeping away in his tent while people were stuck outside freezing. Bruce Kirkland, writing for Jam! Movies, stupidly claims that Araceli Sgarra was in the movie simply as sex appeal and, even worse, that 'members of at least one climbing team just crawled back in their tents and ignored the crisis.'

Normally this wouldn't be such a big deal. So a bunch of boneheads completely missed the point and clearly have no idea about what really happened on the mountain, and are just writing reviews pretending like they have some right to criticize events and actions that they don't understand, right? Wrong. First of all, Mr. Kirkland displays a prodigious capacity for ignorance, apparently having managed to sit through this entire film and still not realize that no climber on earth could make it to the top of Everest without massive climbing skills. So much for that ridiculous little 'sex appeal' theory. The first Spanish woman ever to reach the summit of Everest, and this moron can do nothing but call her sex appeal. Please.

Second, there is nothing worse than people making accusations when they clearly have not read Krakauer's book. The IMAX expedition simply coincided with the tragic events that unfolded on Mt. Everest in May of 1996, it is not a documentary of those events. This is why the movie does not go into detail about what happens besides Liam Neeson describing them briefly in the voice-over, and is also why we now have so many people posting scathing reviews about a tragedy that they know nothing about. I would love to see the expression on one of these people's faces if they were asked why May 1996 was the deadliest month in the history of Everest, and yet given the statistics, actually had less deaths than the average year.

The people that 'just crawled back in their tents and ignored the crisis,' a group of people which included Jon Krakauer himself, did so for three reasons. First, because they were literally freezing to death. Frostbite had long since begun to set in, they were in the middle of a high-altitude storm, and the wind-chill was such that it would make short work of warm-blooded humans stuck in it. Second, because they were so exhausted that they could barely move. Please remember that these people, at that altitude, could only take a few steps before having to lean over their ice-axes, panting for breath in the dangerously thin air. It does not require a cognitive workout to realize that for people who can hardly stand up to attempt a rescue effort would do nothing but add themselves to the death toll. Third, and most importantly, they didn't even know that there was a tragedy unfolding outside. It is more than a little difficult, Mr. Kirkland, to 'ignore' events that you don't even know are occurring.

In Into Thin Air, tragedy does not begin to unfold until almost 300 pages into the book, the IMAX movie passes that point in less than 15 minutes. The point was not to document the tragedies that unfolded, but to give viewers an unparalleled look at Mt. Everest itself, a monumental task at which it is hugely successful. I just wish there was more stock footage and less re-enactments, because there were scenes immediately recognizable from the book that were clearly not shot on location or during the actual events, like the conversation with the stranded Rob Hall.

I have no illusions. I'll probably never even set foot in Nepal, and would never make it to the top of Mt. Everest even I did. Director David Breashears not only went to the top, but brought along an IMAX camera so the rest of us could see it, too. In a startling act of heroism, when he and his team learned of the tragic events occurring at higher altitudes, as they were on their way up, they immediately abandoned their $5.5 million IMAX project to participate in the rescue effort, providing their more than 300 pounds of oxygen canisters to whoever needed them. It was not until the rescue effort had saved as many lives as they could that the IMAX team regrouped to decide whether they should still try to salvage their film project.

While I was not able to see Everest at an IMAX theater, I was still impressed with it on the small screen, probably because I had read Into Thin Air literally the day before I watched this film, and was able appreciate what these people went through on their expeditions. There are a lot of reviewers on the IMDb who say the movie is pointless to watch on a small screen, but it is only pointless if your imagination is so small that a smaller presentation is not enough for you to understand the sheer magnitude of the event. I could have done without the Jurassic Park music throughout the film, because it only tries to add to the greatness of the mountain, the expeditions, and the people involved, when no augmentation was necessary. It is not because the screen is small that the music seems trite, but because it's not necessary. Everest's soundtrack could have been nothing but wind across the microphone and it would have been more than sufficient.

Since I had read the book so soon before I watched the movie, I had an unfair expectation to see more coverage of the events that I had read about, because Jon Krakauer goes into stunning detail, covering every aspect of the expedition. It was not until I read some reviews of Everest, particularly on the IMDb, when I really appreciated the quality of the film and was startled by the idiocy of the people writing about it. The film is marketed by its connection with Into Thin Air, but unfortunately its association with that book only detracts from the movie because of its separation from it. Associating it with the book gives the impression that it will cover some of the same events, which it does with unfortunate brevity, and worst of all, the association of the film with Krakauer's book gives some viewers the impression that they know what happened on the mountain just because they have seen this film. No one who has not read Into Thin Air has any right whatsoever to criticize anything that happened on Mt. Everest in May 1996.

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