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Vertical Limit (2000)

A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The Mountain Will Decide. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense life/death situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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8 December 2000 (USA)  »

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Límite vertical  »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,507,845 (USA) (8 December 2000)

Gross:

$68,473,360 (USA) (2 March 2001)
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Trivia

Montgomery Wick's name is an obvious reference to Thomas Montgomerie and Jim Wickwire. Montgomerie discovered K2, and Jim Wickwire was the first American to climb K2. Wickwire also lost several toes on the mountain, similar to the character Montgomery Wick. See more »

Goofs

The range of the two-way radios the climbers were using was greatly exaggerated by the film. The small UHF stub antennas on the radios would not have a very great range, certainly not enough to be heard from within a cave to a base camp (presumably) several kilometers away, and particularly not without line of sight. See more »

Quotes

Major Rasul: You should try the tea, indian of course. We maybe at war with them but theres no sense in over-reacting, their tea's the best.
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Connections

Referenced in Bad Girls: Episode #6.4 (2004) See more »

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Take It To The Limit
Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner
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Too unconvincing to enjoy.
2 July 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

It's not the painfully thin story line, predictable plot or shallow stereotypical characters featured in this movie. It's not even the constant stream of amazingly improbable events, which give you the feeling the director hopelessly underestimated the reasoning abilities of his audience.

What left me disappointed and even a bit annoyed after seeing "Vertical Limit" is the absolute and total failure of this movie to capture any of the real thrill, excitement and hardship involved in scaling the world's second highest mountain.

Books like Jon Krakauers' "Into thin Air" and movies like David Breashears' "Everest" prove that you don't need helicopter rotor blades threatening to dismember climbers or unstable nitroglycerine that explodes if exposed to sunlight to create an exciting story. When Martin Campbell decided to deny the audience any sense of the real technical, physical and emotional challenges of climbing K2, and therefore had to resort to action-movie style heroes, villains and explosions, he left behind a movie too unconvincing, for me to enjoy.


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