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Vertical Limit (2000)

A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.

Director:

Martin Campbell

Writers:

Robert King (story), Robert King (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... Peter Garrett
Robin Tunney ... Annie Garrett
Stuart Wilson ... Royce Garrett
Augie Davis ... Aziz
Temuera Morrison ... Major Rasul
Roshan Seth ... Colonel Amir Salim
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin Alejandro Valdes-Rochin ... Sergeant Asim
Nicholas Lea ... Tom McLaren
Rod Brown Rod Brown ... Ali Hasan
Scott Glenn ... Montgomery Wick
Steve Le Marquand ... Cyril Bench
Ben Mendelsohn ... Malcolm Bench
Izabella Scorupco ... Monique Aubertine
Bill Paxton ... Elliot Vaughn
Ed Viesturs Ed Viesturs ... Himself
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Storyline

A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Mountain Will Decide. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense life/death situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

8 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Límite vertical See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,507,845, 10 December 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$69,243,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,663,859
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The well-known climber Ed Viesturs plays himself in the movie. He also worked as a trainer for the actors. See more »

Goofs

Butane will not vaporise at mountain heights and at that temperature. See more »

Quotes

Peter: You're gonna kill him.
Montgomery Wick: My wife died of edema. Stripped the skin from her throat, her lungs filled with water. She drowned in her own bodily fluids. Yeah, I'm gonna kill him.
Peter: I can't let you do it.
Montgomery Wick: Peter, do you know where you are? Above 24,000, you're at the vertical limit, you're already dying. Look at you. You can hardly stand. If you think you can stop me, go ahead.
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Connections

Referenced in Ice Age (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

MacArthur Park
Written by Jimmy Webb
Performed by Chris O'Donnell and Stuart Wilson
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Typical Hollywood action film: no respect for reality.
30 January 2001 | by malthusSee all my reviews

This movie is a so-typical Hollywood action-flick you almost can't believe it. It seems like the producers looked up this bunch of cool gadgets mountain climbers use (many of which are sharp or have pointy ends) and tried to portray some of the most irresponsible climbing you could think of.

Sure, it's hell if your sis is stuck in an avalanche on K-2 but, as some climber already pointed out in basecamp, you don't go risking another six people to 'possibly' get two down. Besides, there are better ways to do this than by strapping a can of nitroglycerine to your back.(small note: dynamite is essentially chalk soaked in nitro which stabilizes it. Guess they hadn't thought of that?)

Furthermore, you never climb beneath another group's ropes (lest they fall and drag you with them...), you do not sprint across a ridge wearing glacier-irons, you do not sit on a 5cm ledge without a safety rope attached, you do jump out of a helicopter trying to fall down unless you intend to end up spaghetti.

In short, this movie severely damages the image of the real mountain climbers, who consider safety and precaution a way of life and not something to disregard to look cool.


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