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The Conquest of Everest (1953)

Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak.


George Lowe


Louis MacNeice (commentary)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Meredith Edwards ... Narrator (voice)
John Hunt ... Self (Army Officer)
George Band ... Self (Student)
Tom Bourdillon ... Self (Research Scientist)
Charles Evans ... Self (Surgeon)
Alfred Gregory ... Self (Travel Agent)
Edmund Hillary ... Self (Bee Keeper)
George Lowe ... Self (Schoolmaster)
Wilfred Noyce ... Self (Schoolmaster)
Griffith Pugh ... Self (Physiologist)
Thomas Stobart ... Self (Film Technician) (as Tom Stobart)
Tenzing Norgay ... Self (Sherpa Sirdar) (as Tensing Norkay Sherpa)
Michael Ward ... Self (Doctor)
Michael Westmacott ... Self (Statistician)
Charles Wylie ... Self (Army Officer) (as Charlie Wylie)


Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak.

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A most worthy telling of a remarkable feat
27 May 2003 | by d1494See all my reviews

This is indeed a remarkable story very well told with drama and emotion as well as great respect for the risks taken by all involved. In light of the 1996 disaster on the summit, with the mountain cluttered by unqualified rich people who seem only to be interested in self-glorification, this is a feat that all humanity can take pride in. The script and the music add a great deal to the story and the photography is terrific. It makes me wonder about the nearly lifeless documentary filmed by David Breshears in late May of 1996. Instead of concentrating on the mountain and the terrific feat of getting the equipment up to the increasingly high and potentially fatal altitudes, instead of concentrating on the terrible tragedy ( 8 people losing their lives needlessly) unfolding right in front of them, with Breshears and the whole team acting in a truly unselfish fashion, instead of this, they concentrated on the weak story of a female climber who in no way rated the spotlight. The Conquest of Everest not only shows the terrible sacrifices made to reach the summit, but it teaches the viewers that the mountain must only be attempted by those qualified by years of effort. Anything less is a travesty. This film is a must-see.

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Release Date:

7 December 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La conquête de l'Everest See more »

Filming Locations:

Himalaya Mountains, Nepal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Countryman Films, Group 3 See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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