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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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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)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The actors performed many of their own stunts. See more »


In all of the scenes with the trapped climbers, not once is their breath visible. Cold weather does not always make breath visible, particularly on film. See more »


Tom McLaren: Are you going to kill me now?
Elliot Vaugh: Yes.
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Comments from a real climber
4 September 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having climbed in the Andes, Tian Shan, St. Elias and other

mountain ranges across the planet, I was often asked what I

thought of this movie, and it's accuracy.

This is, without doubt, the least accurate film on climbing I have

ever seen. This movie is simply absurd. I consider it about as

"accurate" as, say, Spy Kids is to global espionage.

In addition to the gaffs pointed out, I wanted to state what was

most amusing to me: Inside the crevasse, the climbers ice tools

bounce off the crevasse walls like they're made out of solid steel

(and 'ping' just like it). But when Chris O'Donnall does his full

sprint (at altitude!) and huge leap across a cavernous abyss, he

drives his ice tools into the other side - made of solid rock - and

sticks like Spiderman. The film is filled with many other absurd

implausabilities that insult the sport it manipulates in the guise of


Aside from that, as so many others have noted, the movie is

simple minded action. If you don't mind laughing at much of it, and

don't for a moment think it represents realistic climbing, leave your

brain at the door and you might have some fun. But most people

will just find it absurd rubbish.

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