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Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.



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At Mount Holliston, snowboarders Dan Walker, his girlfriend Parker O'Neil and his best friend Joe Lynch don't have enough money to buy lift tickets. Parker bribes Jason, a lift-worker, with one hundred dollars. When the system is nearing closure, they force Jason to let them have one last pass. However, Jason needs to resolve a problem and his colleague misunderstands his instructions and stops the lift. The trio of skier and snowboarders gets stranded on the chairlift near the top of the mountain. When they see that the lights of the ski resort had been turned off, they need to make a choice: leave the chairlift or freeze to death. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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With 30 million skiers and snowboarders in the US and over 5000 chairlifts in operation, its only a matter of time before someone gets left behind. See more »



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Rated R for some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 March 2010 (Kazakhstan)  »

Also Known As:

Muerte en la montaña  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$131,395 (USA) (5 February 2010)


$243,390 (USA) (22 November 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the chief influences on writer-director Adam Green for the look of the film was Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men (2006). See more »


After Parker pulls her frozen hand off the safety bar, her skin remains stuck to the metal. Later in the film, the skin is no longer present. See more »


[first lines]
Joe Lynch: I don't see her.
Dan Walker: The shift changes. Just give it a couple of minutes.
Parker O'Neil: Are you sure about this?
Dan Walker: Yeah yeah, works all the time. Besides, this lady loves Lynch. Loves him.
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Brutal, but Terrific
10 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, brutal, like a lost Stephen King short story from the seventies, one of those with a small cast of characters that keeps getting smaller. You cross your fingers and just hope the ones you're rooting for survive to the end.

And terrific. The cast totally sells a script that could have either gone over the top into "Cliffhanger" territory or become sentimental, and ditto for the sparse direction. Nothing is wasted, everything works, and you are on the edge of your seat the whole time despite the almost non-existent plot. The script is a textbook example of taking a compelling hook and playing it out to its conclusion no matter the cost.

The perfect film to watch in the dead of winter, with all the lights on and - most importantly - a fire in the fireplace. Even then... you still may not be all that glad your character made it to the last page.

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