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An adventurous 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

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Cast

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

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Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Moab, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$264,851, 7 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,335,230

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,738,797
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Trivia

Jena Malone auditioned for a role. See more »

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During the flashback to the game where Aron's girlfriend walks out on him, an ad for the Motorola phone, Droid, can be seen although there was no such thing at the time. See more »

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[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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Nocturne no.2 in E-flat
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A simple plot based on a true story that kept me on the edge of my seat!
8 January 2011 | by AdrenalinDragonSee all my reviews

You know, when I first heard about this movie. I didn't really know what to expect, as all I knew was it was based on a true story about a guy getting stuck in a canyon due to a boulder. I decided to give it a shot and well, I was amazed by this movie. Danny Boyle continues to give us impressive cinematography and incredible performances in his movie, thanks to James Franco, who plays as Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who gets stuck under the boulder if you didn't already know.

I'm not going to go into any big spoilers, but it was amazing to see how the movie builds up to the main plot. After getting stuck under a boulder for 5 days, you're probably thinking "How is this movie going to stay entertaining?". Well, we witness some attempts of Aron trying to get out of the boulder, as well as using the equipment he brought with him with his backpack to try and survive. He also tries to keep himself awake so that he can live long enough to not die. When all normal attempts to escape fail, as a last resort, he does something very terrifying to get out. When this scene happened, I had to turn away in parts due to how extreme it was!

With good uses of hallucinations and flashbacks to keep the story flowing, Danny Boyle has managed to make this movie as realistic as possible. Great music, great filming, and stunning performance. 127 Hours is a fantastic movie about a real-life incident that may be too disturbing to watch for some people, but I'd consider it a must see on all grounds. Definitely worthy of getting nominated for Best Picture at least surely?


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