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North Face (2008)
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Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's ... See full summary »

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Luise Fellner
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Andi Hinterstoisser
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Henry Arau
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Emil Landauer
Branko Samarovski ...
Albert von Allmen
Petra Morzé ...
Elisabeth Landauer
Hanspeter Müller ...
Hans Schlunegger (as Hanspeter Müller-Drossart)
Peter Zumstein ...
Adolf Rubi
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Christian Rubi
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Grossmutter Kurz
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Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's Alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Swiss massif - the Eiger - two reluctant German climbers begin their daring ascent. Written by Irishlass240 (smmorr240@al.com)

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23 October 2008 (Germany)  »

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$23,050 (USA) (29 January 2010)

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$710,993 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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Trivia

As Luise Fellner and her boss, Herr Arau, arrive at the Eiger, the local guides are standing in front of the hotel advertising their services to the tourists. One of the guides notices a pair of climbers in the crowd. "Look who's coming," he says, "Bartolo Sandri and Mario Menti." A fellow guide mutters: "Another couple of fools. Come in a train and leave in a coffin." These two Italian climbers fell to their deaths from the north face June 21, 1938. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, when Luisa watches the news in the cinema theater, the voice-over gets the first-names of the alpinists who died on the Eiger wrong. It says Max Mehringer and Karl Sedlmayr, but it's the opposite: KARL Mehringer and MAX Sedlmayr. This may have been intended to show the unreliability of the report. See more »

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[in German, quoting English subtitles]
Luise Fellner: [voiceover] When you're at the bottom - Toni once told me - at the foot of the wall, and you look up, you ask yourself: How can anyone climb that? Why would anyone even want to? But hours later when you're at the top looking down, you've forgotten everything. Except the one person you promised you would come back to.
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Written and Composed by Ulrich Tukur
Performed by Ulrich Tukur
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Hinterstoisser and Kurz would be mad about that film!
1 February 2010 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

I fully agree with lukasbrunner's review below.

Such a great story, such a mountain….really deserved something better.

As for historical accuracy? Rainer and Angerer were neither "bad Nazis", nor hostile to Hinterstoisser and Kurz: Actually they had decided to join forces before they started the climb.

The Nazis never pushed those guys into attempting the North face, nor supported them: If they had government support ,they wouldn't have to stay in tents, and travel to Switzerland…by bicycle!

Actually,Hinterstoisser and Kurz's commanding officer tried to stop them, but they chose to pretend they had never received the cable forbidding them to climb.

If you want to see what really happened, and who these people really were, watch Joe Simpson's "The beckoning silence" …


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