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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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rescue | k2 | death | urination | suffocation | See more »

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This December. Fear will Fall. Courage will Rise. 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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Limite Vertical  »

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,903,014 (UK) (19 January 2001)

Gross:

ESP 1,114,069,706 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The well-known climber Ed Viesturs plays himself in the movie. He also worked as a trainer for the actors. See more »

Goofs

As the helicopter is dropping off the rescue team at the high altitude ice & rock ledge on K2, the low air pressure causes the chopper to make very violent and unsteady movements. As Monique is standing on the ledge after jumping off, the aircraft pitches forward and the overhead chopper blades start moving dangerously close to her, and she lays down watching the blades coming closer and closer to her in a straight and steady path. She then crawls back against the rock wall and the blades again come ever closer and rip her jacket, which causes her to scream, but the blades always stay in a very straight and steady path over at least a 10 second period. All the other shots of the chopper show the aircraft pitching forward and backward and from side to side in a very violent manner during the entire sequence, so the blades would never remain that straight and steady. See more »

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Tom McLaren: We wouldn't be down here if it wasn't for you
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References Cliffhanger (1993) See more »

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Take It To The Limit
Written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Randy Meisner
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Great Sound & Stunts, So-So Story
9 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I saw this shortly after it came out on DVD, it got high marks just for the spectacular sound alone. It had some of the best rear-speaker sound I had ever heard. It was a showpiece for DVD players at the time.

The movie is interesting with it's main fault being a common one: overdone action at the end. Along the way, however, it has many almost jaw-dropping scenes and some spectacular mountain scenery which looks great on the sharp DVD transfer. The stunt work in here is also incredible. Martin Campbell, the same director who did The Mask Of Zorro and Goldeneye, is good at producing eye-popping action scenes.

The dialog at times is juvenile, but it could have been worse. The profanity was lower than expected, too. How accurate is it concerning mountain-climbing? Probably like most films: totally inaccurate, at least that's what a mountain- climbing expert told me, and I believe him.

All in all, however, a far better film than I expected.....strictly for the entertainment.


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