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Scream of Stone (1991)

Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein (original title)
Two famous competitive climbers make a bet on who can climb Cerro Torre, one of the most dangerous mountains in Argentina and the world, first. As the day of the climb approaches, their increasing competitiveness becomes destructive.

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Werner Herzog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ... Roccia Innerkofler
Stefan Glowacz ... Martin Sedlmayr
Mathilda May ... Katharina
Al Waxman ... Stephen
Gunilla Karlzen Gunilla Karlzen ... Carla
Chavela Vargas ... Indianerin
Georg Marischka Georg Marischka ... Werbeagent
Volker Prechtel ... Himalaja-Bezwinger
Hans Kammerlander Hans Kammerlander ... Bergsteiger
Lautaro Murúa ... Estanciero
Brad Dourif ... Fingerless
Donald Sutherland ... Ivan
Amelie Fried Amelie Fried ... TV-Moderatorin
Werner Herzog ... TV-Regisseur
Wolfgang Müller
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Storyline

A meeting of two world famous climbers, one an experienced mountaineer (Roccia), the other a sport climber (Martin), results in a bet on which of the two is the best climber. Roccia states that Martin wouldn't survive on a 'real' climbing expedition, although he is the indoor 'world champion'. Then they both plan to climb the 'Cerro Torre' in the Patagonia region of South America, near the Argentinian/Chilean border, one of the world's most difficult mountains, especially considering the extreme weather conditions in the area. The journalist Ivan, using the rivalry for media exploitation, is joining them and reporting. The rivalry among the two men results eventually in the death of a common friend. Martin claims to have been at the top of 'Cerro Torre', but can't proof it. Then Martin 'steals' Roccia's girlfriend (Katrina), who feels lonely and under appreciated by Roccia. After some time the two men meet again at 'Cerro Torre' and the rivalry results in a 'climb against time' in ... Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Trivia

This film had it's world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in 1991, with Werner Herzog in attendance. He explained, during his introduction to the film, that they hadn't had time yet to add subtitles for the couple of scenes with Spanish dialog. During these scenes, Herzog himself, shouted out from the theater audience, the English translation of the lines spoken in Spanish. See more »

Goofs

During Roccia's climb of Cerro Torre, in the scene immediately following the blizzard, several crew members can be seen in the reflection of his goggles. See more »

Quotes

Ivan: Terrific. Terrific. He's going to run up the mountain.
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Soundtracks

Fog Tropes
Performed by Ingram Marshall
(from the recording "Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem")
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Triumphant and captivating Herzog film
28 December 1999 | by che-29See all my reviews

This is probably one of Herzog's least known films in States,but it's definitely worth seeking out.As always his visuals are stunning.Especially in the Climbing sequences.There is this really great shot of the younger climber hanging on the edge of the cliff ,and the way Herzog holds this shot and let's us absorb it .He always has things like that in his movies,that's one of the things that makes a Werner herzog much more than just another movie.A note to Herzog fans,you'll find all of his trademarks in this movie if you look close enough.


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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 October 1991 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Scream of Stone See more »

Filming Locations:

Cerro Torre, Argentina See more »

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Budget:

DEM6,340,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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