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Three skiers stranded on a chairlift are forced to make life-or-death choices, which prove more perilous than staying put and freezing to death.

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Adam Green

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Adam Green
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Emma Bell ... Parker O'Neil
Shawn Ashmore ... Joe Lynch
Kevin Zegers ... Dan Walker
Ed Ackerman ... Jason
Rileah Vanderbilt ... Shannon
Kane Hodder ... Cody
Adam Johnson ... Rifkin
Chris York Chris York ... Ryan
Peder Melhuse Peder Melhuse ... Driver
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Storyline

At Mount Holliston, snowboarders Dan Walker, his girlfriend Parker O'Neil and his best friend Joe Lynch don't have enough money to buy lift tickets. Parker bribes Jason, a lift-worker, with one hundred dollars. When the system is nearing closure, they force Jason to let them have one last pass. However, Jason needs to resolve a problem and his colleague misunderstands his instructions and stops the lift. The trio of skier and snowboarders gets stranded on the chairlift near the top of the mountain. When they see that the lights of the ski resort had been turned off, they need to make a choice: leave the chairlift or freeze to death. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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With 30 million skiers and snowboarders in the US and over 5000 chairlifts in operation, its only a matter of time before someone gets left behind. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (Kazakhstan) See more »

Also Known As:

Muerte en la montaña See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,395, 7 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$243,390, 22 November 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To get the shots of the chairlift moving with the actors and actresses speaking on it, Writer and Director Adam Green and Director of Photography Will Barratt shot everything themselves, as the film's hired camera crew was too nervous to dangle at those heights. See more »

Goofs

Before the second time Joe climbs up to get to the overhead cable, the sky is clear and sunny. In the next shot, as he starts climbing, the sky is overcast and it's snowing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe Lynch: I don't see her.
Dan Walker: The shift changes. Just give it a couple of minutes.
Parker O'Neil: Are you sure about this?
Dan Walker: Yeah yeah, works all the time. Besides, this lady loves Lynch. Loves him.
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References NFL Monday Night Football (1970) See more »

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Green Arrow
Written by Eric Waxwood and Larry Mansdorf
Performed by Auto Interiors
Courtesy of Rykodisc
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Brutal, but Terrific
10 September 2012 | by ernesto66See all my reviews

Yes, brutal, like a lost Stephen King short story from the seventies, one of those with a small cast of characters that keeps getting smaller. You cross your fingers and just hope the ones you're rooting for survive to the end.

And terrific. The cast totally sells a script that could have either gone over the top into "Cliffhanger" territory or become sentimental, and ditto for the sparse direction. Nothing is wasted, everything works, and you are on the edge of your seat the whole time despite the almost non-existent plot. The script is a textbook example of taking a compelling hook and playing it out to its conclusion no matter the cost.

The perfect film to watch in the dead of winter, with all the lights on and - most importantly - a fire in the fireplace. Even then... you still may not be all that glad your character made it to the last page.


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