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Touching the Void (2003)

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The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

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In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached within three days, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevasse and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevasse. This is the story of how he got back down. Written by bob the moo

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rope | crevasse | climbing | bone | partner | See All (87) »

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The closer you are to death, the harder you cling to life. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

£115,332 (UK) (12 December 2003)

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$4,581,222 (USA) (4 June 2004)
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Some of the long distance shots of Simon and Joe climbing the mountain are played not by the lead actors, but by body doubles, who were Simon Yates and Joe Simpson themselves. See more »

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When Joe reaches the bottom of the crevasse (00:59:57) and starts crawling on his stomach towards the sunlight, you can clearly see the blue helmet of another person. See more »

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[first lines]
Joe Simpson: We climb cause it's fun.
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During the first part of the closing credits (before the crawl), the credits are accompanied by black-and-white pictures showing the three men's journey back into civilization; the final picture is of Joe in the hospital. See more »

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Referenced in The 50 Greatest Documentaries (2005) See more »

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Brown Girl in the Ring
Written by Frank Farian
Performed by Boney M.
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Amazing: everyone must see this
18 January 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This film describes the true story of a climbing accident in South America in 1985, using dramatisation with voice-overs and interview excerpts from the three British men who were actually involved. It may sound boring, but I cannot stress this enough: this film is much more tense, and nail-bitingly gripping, than any Hollywood action movie - because you know that everything you're seeing and hearing really did happen to these guys.

The story itself is incredible. It will redefine for you the capabilities of the human mind and body. There is action, sadness, hope, and even brilliant humour in places.

Please go and see this film; you won't regret it.


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