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Cerro Torre: Schrei aus Stein (1991)

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 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 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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Germany | France | Canada | Italy | Argentina

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 October 1991 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Scream of Stone See more »

Filming Locations:

Cerro Torre, Argentinia See more »

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Budget:

DEM 6,340,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Stereo)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Herzog revealed once that Klaus Kinski was originally going to play the leading character in the film; a role which subsequently went to Vittorio Mezzogiorno instead. 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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Eiger Sanction without spies.
3 November 1999 | by batzi8m1See all my reviews

Brad Dourif (Billy in Cukoo's Nest, Hazel in Wise Blood and the voice of Chucky) is hilarious as Fingerless, the other characters are the usual pathetic humanoids struggling with their dreams and weaknesses. The mountain is the obstacle to life's fulfillment, people are dammed to pursue their dreams to their own destruction and only the old woman in the house at the base of the mountain knows what life is all about. Call it documentary fiction with a cameo by Donald Sutherland as the climber's agent. My favorite scene has "Alpinists" on a fake German TV show debating the climbers using some of Herzog's usual crew of character actors to give that Alpine authenticity.

Boy am I glad Herzog finally found a vehicle to display his positive side.


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