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Vertical Limit (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  8 December 2000 (USA)
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A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.



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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Límite vertical  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 1,114,069,706 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Ben Daniels was offered a role but turned it down. See more »


When Wick and Peter are climbing up a rock wall, Wick checks his watch, which he's wearing directly around his wrist. To avoid having to reveal any unnecessary skin and get frostbite, experienced climbers wear their watches on the outside of the jacket's sleeve. See more »


Monique: Cyril! Cyril, are you there? Cyril! Damn it, you answer me!
Cyril Bench: Nag, nag, nag. They always bloody nag.
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Entertaining Mountain Climbing Film
4 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Usually I do not care very much for mountain climbing films as they usually have a very similar plot. This film had plenty of action with Helicopters flying all over the place and horrible snow storms and also entrapment in caves deep under tons of snow and ice. The film starts out with a father, son and daughter adventuring up a steep mountain during a very sunny day and having a wonderful time with each other. Their father was a very experienced climber and all of a sudden a tragic situation happens and a horrible life or death decision had to be made within seconds. There is lots of scary scenes and plenty of explosions and more action than you can handle.

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