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Vertical Limit (2000)

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

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Royce Garrett
Augie Davis ...
Aziz
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Colonel Amir Salim
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin ...
Sergeant Asim
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Rod Brown ...
Ali Hasan
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Ed Viesturs ...
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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

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The Mountain Will Decide. See more »


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

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8 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Límite vertical  »

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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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Trivia

K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest, at 8,611 meters (28,251 ft) above sea level. See more »

Goofs

Nitroglycerine is not green in colour, in fact it's a heavy, colourless, oily liquid. It is sensitive in its liquid form, but when it freezes at 13°C or below, it becomes much more stable. However, when it unfreezes again, the unfreezing process makes it very unstable and it may well explode. The events in the film where the hut explodes and where Malcolm and Kareem are killed can both be explained by the nitro in the bottles unfreezing. See more »

Quotes

Skip: Don't mind her. She's French-Canadian. Some days she's Canadian. Can be quite pleasant. Today she's obviously French.
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Connections

References Titanic (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Patient Heart
Written by Annie Roboff, Bekka Bramlett and Billy Burnette
Performed by Bekka & Billy
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Comments from a real climber
4 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

Having climbed in the Andes, Tian Shan, St. Elias and other

mountain ranges across the planet, I was often asked what I

thought of this movie, and it's accuracy.

This is, without doubt, the least accurate film on climbing I have

ever seen. This movie is simply absurd. I consider it about as

"accurate" as, say, Spy Kids is to global espionage.

In addition to the gaffs pointed out, I wanted to state what was

most amusing to me: Inside the crevasse, the climbers ice tools

bounce off the crevasse walls like they're made out of solid steel

(and 'ping' just like it). But when Chris O'Donnall does his full

sprint (at altitude!) and huge leap across a cavernous abyss, he

drives his ice tools into the other side - made of solid rock - and

sticks like Spiderman. The film is filled with many other absurd

implausabilities that insult the sport it manipulates in the guise of

entertainment.

Aside from that, as so many others have noted, the movie is

simple minded action. If you don't mind laughing at much of it, and

don't for a moment think it represents realistic climbing, leave your

brain at the door and you might have some fun. But most people

will just find it absurd rubbish.


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