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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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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | Japan | USA | Canada

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey DeMunn was nominated for the 1983 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "K2" as 'Taylor'. See more »

Goofs

British Columbia is spelled wrong throughout the credits ("British Colombia"). See more »

Quotes

Taylor Brooks: I didn't make the world the way it is, Harold. I'm just trying to get through it, as fast and as clean as possible.
Harold: [after staring straight at him for 5 seconds] We ALL make the world the way it is.
Taylor Brooks: Yeah, well, we know who made this.
[Taylor tosses his unfinished bowl of oatmeal into the pot and exits the tent]
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Alternate Versions

The British version has a different score. Hans Zimmer composed the music for the film's UK release. See more »


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Takane's Death
by Hans Zimmer
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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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