7.2/10
188
7 user 2 critic

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.

Director:

Writer:

(commentary)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary's monumental and historical ascent of Mt. Everest in 1953 - an event that stunned the world and defined a nation.

Director: Leanne Pooley
Stars: Chad Moffitt, Sonam Sherpa, John Wraight
Everest (1998)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return... See full summary »

Directors: David Breashears, Stephen Judson, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Liam Neeson, Lhakpa Dorji, Dorje Sherpa
Martin Luther (1953)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Biopic of German priest Martin Luther covering his life between 1505-1530 A.D. and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Niall MacGinnis, John Ruddock, Pierre Lefevre
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.

Director: Anthony Geffen
Stars: Conrad Anker, Susan Robertson, Robert Macfarlane
The Cruel Sea (1953)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A lavish documentary film of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953.

Stars: Laurence Olivier, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip
The Beckoning Silence (TV Movie 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After a near-death mountain climbing accident, Joe Simpson's injuries were so severe he was told he'd never climb again. His recovery left him to confront the question: why, after coming so... See full summary »

Director: Louise Osmond
Stars: Roger Schäli, Simon Anthamatten, Andreas Abegglen
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Supreme Adventure of Our Time! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 December 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La conquête de l'Everest  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

When the "Daily Mail" newspaper is shown, Edmund Hillary's name is shown as Edward. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Historic Gem on Everest
7 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

I did not know this documentary existed until I found it at Kathmandu airport as I left Nepal recently. What fascinated me was the amazing changes that I noted, particularly on the West Buttress and some other places in the 56 years since this was filmed. It also amazed me how long it took them to find a way thru the Ice Fall. I was born a couple of weeks prior to Hillary's summit and I summited Everest myself on May 23, 2009 within a few days, give or take 56 years from the first summit. In fact, our climb was documented by Discovery Channel and will be aired in November, 2009. The experience is difficult to explain, but when I saw this video with the highest quality cinematography, all using presumably large, heavy cameras and 16 MM film or larger, it is truly amazing to watch. The music is typical of the 50s but that adds to its historic nature. The documentary is wonderfully accurate, is not overly dramatic as many of today's efforts are (such as Discovery's Everest series) so its really a pleasant review of an awesome achievement over 56 years ago.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page