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Everest (1998)

An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Liam Neeson ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Lhakpa Dorji Lhakpa Dorji ... Summit Team, sherpa
Dorje Sherpa Dorje Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Ed Viesturs Ed Viesturs ... Summit Team Leader, USA
Muktu Lhakpa Sherpa Muktu Lhakpa Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Thilen Sherpa Thilen Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Jangbu Sherpa Jangbu Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Araceli Segarra Araceli Segarra ... Summit Team, Spain
Wong Chu Sherpa Wong Chu Sherpa ... Summit Team, sherpa
Robert Schauer Robert Schauer ... Summit Team, Austria
Jamling Tenzing Norgay Jamling Tenzing Norgay ... Summit Team, Nepal
David Breashears David Breashears ... Summit Team, USA
Chyangba Tamang Chyangba Tamang ... Base Camp Head Cook
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tracy Pfau ... Mountain Climber
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Storyline

An international team of climbers ascends Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film depicts their lengthy preparations for the climb, their trek to the summit, and their successful return to Base Camp. It also shows many of the challenges the group faced, including avalanches, lack of oxygen, treacherous ice walls, and a deadly blizzard. Written by Eric Sorensen

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Towering above everything you have seen before.

Genres:

Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official Site | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Everest - A remény csúcsa See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$364,244, 8 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,178,599

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,990,128
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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Trivia

A huge blizzard hit Mt. Everest during filming. Eight people died, and nearly two dozen were trapped on the mountain. The blizzard and its aftermath are the basis for Into Thin Air: Death on Everest (1997). Expedition members interrupted filming to aid the stricken climbers. See more »

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Paula Viesturs: The difference between me and Ed is... when we go for a 5-hour bike ride, I call it a workout. He calls it a warm-up.
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All Things Must Pass
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Good movie, good mix
19 May 2006 | by BeejEastSee all my reviews

I thought this was an amazing movie, whether viewed on IMAX or at home.

People who have said they are interested in seeing the story of the Sherpas or how the movie was made should check out the special features on the DVD, Broughton Coburn's book "Everest," or Jamling Norgay's book "Touching My Father's Soul"; they are all about the climb, Norgay especially devotes time and pages to the Sherpas, considering he is also ethnically a Sherpa, who someone mistakenly said were Tibetan; in fact they are Nepalese.

This was an interesting movie in its own right. I don't understand why some reviewers did not enjoy the back stories and time devoted to the climbers' emotions and personal lives...would you rather watch a movie about people you didn't empathise with, care about, or even know? I do not think so. Developing the characters of the lead climbers was very important to the movie, I felt.

Also, insulting Ed Viesturs is just incomprehensible to me. He is the prominent North American mountaineer of our times, and since the movie was made has ascended all 14 8000 meter peaks without the use of oxygen, a climbing skill he has acquired over many years and excels at. He doesn't do so because he 'likes the challenge' as one reviewer says, but merely because he feels it is a better way of climbing. It should be noted that whenever Viesturs guides mountains he uses oxygen so he can 'be there' for his clients. Viesturs did not have to coerce his wife into coming to Base Camp; she'd been on the mountain before and I believe enjoyed the atmosphere and the climbers. She was worried, of course, about Ed, but since he really had no one to worry about but himself, and I don't think anyone can dispute that Edmund Viesturs can take care of himself, she trusted him to return safely. (There would have been a considerably lower death rate on the mountain if only experienced climbers looking after themselves had climbed that season.) Ed Viesturs WAS a hero of the movie, although he is extremely humble about it, he did considerably assist in the rescue of Makalu Gau and Beck Weathers, as well as coordinating rescue attempts from Camp II, and I have no doubts that had Viesturs been at Camp IV on May 10/11, he would have climbed up and searched for missing climbers himself (most likely using oxygen). If you are not a professional climber yourself, I do not think you have the right to insult the personal practices of a mountaineer like Viesturs, especially when his choices (such as using or not using oxygen) affect, in the long run, only himself, as he was not guiding the peak or responsible for any other climbers at the time.

I loved the movie; every time I see it I get chills at the stunning Breashears images of the mountain.

I definitely recommend seeing this movie. It represents both the darker, dangerous side of mountaineering and the light, triumphant side.


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