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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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Trivia

Ivan gives Roccia a book by Bruce Chatwin. Chatwin was the author of "The Viceroy of Ouidah" which Werner Herzog adapted into his previous feature film Cobra Verde (1987). 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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Connections

Referenced in Portrait Werner Herzog (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Tristan und Isolde
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed by Birgit Nilsson with Wiener Philharmoniker
Conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch
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So bad it can't be criticized as a movie
2 February 1999 | by ennjaySee all my reviews

It's hard to imagine that a great director (Herzog), a famous film actor (Sutherland) and one of the greatest climbers in the world (Messner) could have gotten mixed up in this mess. What little plot there is doesn't explain itself and the aimless acting rises so above criticism that it's almost interesting. Still . . . the Patagonian backgrounds are a plus, the brief insight into the new, frantic European competition-climbing scene had promise and the shots (many from high altitude helicopters) of the incredible Torres del Paine and Cerro Torre were spectacular. How they did the last ascent scenes on the frozen whipped cream summit of Cerro Torre is something I'd love to read about. Warning: If you don't love the mountains don't even think of going near this movie!


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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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