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Everest (1998)

Unrated | | Documentary, Short | 6 March 1998 (USA)
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.

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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:

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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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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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Here Comes the Sun
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A mixed bag
19 November 2002 | by ericjg623See all my reviews

Some of the camera work in this IMAX feature is absolutely stunning. And the mere fact that the crew was able to lug a bulky, heavy IMAX camera and film to the summit of Everest is a testament to sheer guts and determination. Unfortunately, the end result is somewhat of a mixed bag. There are moments of great emotional intensity (most notably, the miraculous Beck Weathers rescue), but, like a few others here, I got the feeling that much of the potential of the IMAX format simply went to waste. IMAX is, after all, an overwhelmingly visual medium, so why waste so much time on trying to create a Hollywood style `story' out of it? I mean, if I had gone to all the effort of getting that camera to the top, I'd have damned well given the audience some spectacular panoramic shots of the view from the summit instead of wasting valuable footage on two climbers hugging each other (a scene that would have worked just fine if shot on plain old videotape). In summation, this film has some truly amazing moments, but as a whole, it seems the creators failed to use the IMAX format to the maximum potential.

PS: The DVD version contains lots of good supplementary material, in fact, the `making of the film'


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