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127 Hours (2010)

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A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.

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Danny Boyle

Writers:

Danny Boyle (screenplay), Simon Beaufoy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 23 wins & 144 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Aron Ralston
Kate Mara ... Kristi
Amber Tamblyn ... Megan
Sean Bott Sean Bott ... Aron's Friend (as Sean A. Bott)
Koleman Stinger Koleman Stinger ... Aron Age 5
Treat Williams ... Aron's Dad
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Brian
Kate Burton ... Aron's Mom
Bailee Michelle Johnson ... Sonja Age 10
Parker Hadley Parker Hadley ... Aron Age 15
Clémence Poésy ... Rana
Fenton Quinn ... Blue John (as Fenton G. Quinn)
Lizzy Caplan ... Sonja
Peter Joshua Hull Peter Joshua Hull ... Boy on Sofa (as P.J. Hull)
Pieter Jan Brugge ... Eric Meijer
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Storyline

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

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There is no force more powerful than the will to live. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language and some disturbing violent content/bloody images | See all certifications »

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To make James Franco's portrayal of Aron Ralston as accurate as possible, the real Ralston told director Danny Boyle to have Franco recite lyrics from the jam band Phish, Ralston's favorite band. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the scene where Aron takes inventory of his supplies after being pinned by the boulder he is hatless. Partway through the scene he inexplicably suddenly has a hat on. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Aron Ralston: Hey. Aron here. Leave a message.
Sonja Ralston: Hey Aron. Sonja here, again. I know that you're probably gonna be away this weekend. But listen, just think about we we're gonna play. Please. 'Cause we have to decide, and we really... We need to practice, okay? Anyway, it will be fun. I promise. And oh, please call mom. Please. 'Cause she worries, which you know already. Okay. Later, A., goodbye.
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Crazy Credits

Captions appear just before the end credits: "Aron's premonition came true. He met his wife Jessica three years later. Their son, Leo, was born in February 2010. Aron continues to be a climber and canyoneer. He always leaves a note to say where he has gone." During these captions, the cinematographer shows us the real Aron and Jessica, who are sitting silently on a couch outdoors, on green grass near a stand of green trees. The couch has colors suggesting the hues of the canyon Aron was trapped in. Aron slowly smiles, and then breaks into a grin. See more »


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Ça Plane Pour Moi
By Lou De Prijck and Yves Lacomblez (as Yves Maurice Lacomblez)
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd. (SABAM/SACEM)
Performed by Plastic Bertrand
(P) 1977 AMC Records SA-NV
Courtesy of AMC Records SA-NV, by arrangement with The Licensing Partnership UK Ltd.
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Intense, stylish and personal
29 November 2020 | by ronakkotianSee all my reviews

Danny Boyle has been consistently giving us amazing films like Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and Steve Jobs. Once again, Boyle succeeds with 127 Hours.

127 Hours is the true story of a man named Aron Ralston who gets trapped under a boulder whilst canyoneering near Utah.

Danny Boyle once again makes a fantastic film that managed to keep me on edge the entire time. What I really loved about 127 Hours was how personal it felt. We're with Ralston for the whole movie and so I felt a connection with him as he went on this expedition. The cinematography was absolutely gorgeous. The shakyness and close ups whilst Ralston was under the boulder created a claustrophobic and intense feeling that left me on edge till the end. Boyle is a stylish director and brought a lot of style to the film with some of the shots and the use of flashbacks and hallucinations. I wish Boyle held back a bit with his style as it would have made the film feel more raw and gritty but at the same time it actually brought me closer into the mind of Aron Ralston. It helped create a personal connection between him and the audience as we got an understanding of his perspective of the situation.

James Franco is truly outstanding here. This film is a one man show and so there is a lot of weight he has to carry but he does really well. I wholeheartedly believed the pain and struggle he was going through especially during the climax which is certainly not for the faint hearted. The editing was sharp, clocking in at 95 minutes, but some of the techniques like the split screen got a bit repetitive after a while.

Despite that, 127 Hours is another triumph for Danny Boyle. The film was engaging and tense throughout and James Franco delivered a knockout performance.


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Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,851, 7 November 2010

Gross USA:

$18,335,230

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,738,797
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