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K2 (1991)

A U.S. climbing team, funded by millionaire Clairborne is determined to conquer K2.

Director:

Franc Roddam

Writers:

Patrick Meyers (screenplay), Scott Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Biehn ... Taylor
Matt Craven ... Harold
Annie Grindlay Annie Grindlay ... Lisa
Elena Wohl ... Tracey (as Elena Stiteler)
Blu Mankuma ... Man on Wheelchair
Charles Oberman Charles Oberman ... Tony
Julia Nickson ... Cindy (as Julia Nickson-Soul)
Christopher M. Brown Christopher M. Brown ... Carl (as Christopher Brown)
Leslie Carlson ... Dexter
David Cubitt ... Peter
Luca Bercovici ... Dallas
Edward Spatt Edward Spatt ... Mike
Andrew Spatt Andrew Spatt ... Todd
Hiroshi Fujioka ... Takane
Patricia Charbonneau ... Jacki
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Storyline

Taylor and Harold are good friends and avid climbers. While climbing one day, they meet a man who it seems might be attempting to climb K2, the world's second-highest peak. Always pushy, Taylor bugs the man for a spot on the team, claiming that he and Harold are good enough. They may be very good, but K2 is a very tough mountain. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Taglines:

Between the earth and the sky lies the sheer face of adventure.

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The New York production of "K2" opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York on March 30, 1983 and ran for 85 performances. Patrick Meyers wrote both the stage play and the screen play for this movie version. See more »

Goofs

When the team are around 20,000 feet and complaining about the lack of oxygen, one of the characters says: "Welcome to the death zone." In fact, the death zone refers to the altitude at which there is insufficient oxygen properly to sustain life and this is generally accepted to be above 8,000m or around 26,000 feet. See more »

Quotes

Harold: What about, uh, Dallas? What's his name? What's his problem?
Taylor Brooks: Dallas Woolf. We went to Law School together. He was good in the classroom... I was better in the courtroom. There's no contest in the bedroom!
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Alternate Versions

The British version features scenes not present in the US version, including scenes showing Taylor at his job. See more »


Soundtracks

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
by Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer
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On the Top of the World
4 October 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The attorney Taylor Brooks (Michael Biehn) and the professor and family man Harold "H" Jameson (Matt Craven) are best friends and climbers. Harold is married with Cindy (Julia Nickson-Soul) and they have a baby son, and Taylor is a selfish womanizer. One day, they save the life of the famous climber Phillip Claiborne (Raymond J. Barry) and most of his team after an avalanche during a climbing. On the funeral of the two climbers that had died, Taylor asks Claiborne to take Harold and him to complete his team on his next expedition, when Claiborne expects to climb the K2, the second highest mountain on Earth. Soon they travel to Pakistan and they have trouble first when the porters unexpectedly decide to return and then when Claiborne becomes sick with the altitude. Claiborne calls of the climbing, but Taylor and Harold are decided to reach the top of the world at any cost.

"K2" is an underrated dramatic adventure and a tale of perseverance and friendship with impressive landscapes. The cinematography and camera work of this movie are breathtaking and would suffice to make worthwhile watching it. But the story is also beautiful and the fight of Taylor to rescue his only friend is heartbreaking. The soundtrack is also wonderful and is not credited in the movie. The first time I saw this movie was on VHS and today I have just seen it again on DVD. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "K2 – A Montanha da Morte" ("K2 – The Death Mountain")


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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

K2: The Ultimate High See more »

Filming Locations:

Pakistan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$930,655, 3 May 1992

Gross USA:

$3,106,559

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,106,559
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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