4 user 17 critic

Cerro Torre: A Snowball's Chance in Hell (2013)

Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, David Lama, the worlds youngest climbing world champion, sets out to climb an unfathomable route on Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world.


Thomas Dirnhofer (as Thomy Dirnhofer)

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

4 wins. See more awards »


Learn more

More Like This 

Messner (2012)
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Feature documentary about mountaineering icon Reinhold Messner and how he became what he is. This film is as much about his personality as it is about his extraordinary exploits - the psycho-gram of a controversial mountaineer.

Director: Andreas Nickel
Stars: Reinhold Messner, Maxime Belleville, Maurice Cretton
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite valley, climbers carved out a counterculture lifestyle of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service.

Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Peter Sarsgaard, Alex Honnold, Yvon Chouinard
Meru (2015)
Documentary | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Three elite climbers struggle to find their way through obsession and loss as they attempt to climb Mount Meru, one of the most coveted prizes in the high stakes game of Himalayan big wall climbing.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Stars: Conrad Anker, Grace Chin, Jimmy Chin
Documentary | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Simon Yates, Joe Simpson, Brendan Mackey
Reel Rock 13 (2018)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

REEL ROCK 13 delivers jaw-dropping action, soulful journeys and rollicking humor in a brand new collection of the year's best climbing films. Hop on a wild ride to the frigid Antarctic, get... See full summary »

Directors: Zachary Barr, Taylor Keating, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Conrad Anker, Claire Buhrfeind, Jimmy Chin
First Ascent (Video 2006)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

"First Ascent" is unlike any mountain climbing film you've ever seen. Join Swiss climber Didier Berthod as he attempts the impossible - to become the first man ever to climb the insanely ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Mortimer, Nick Rosen
Stars: Didier Berthod, David Lama, Timmy O'Neill
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two famous competitive climbers make a bet on who can climb Cerro Torre, one of the most dangerous mountains in Argentina and the world, first. As the day of the climb approaches, their increasing competitiveness becomes destructive.

Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Vittorio Mezzogiorno, Stefan Glowacz, Mathilda May
The Dawn Wall (2017)
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Directors: Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Stars: John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson
Documentary | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Fred Beckey is the legendary American "Dirtbag" mountaineer whose name is spoken in hushed tones around campfires. This rebel climber's pioneering ascents and lifestyle form an iconic legacy that continues to inspire generations.

Director: Dave O'Leske
Stars: Fred Beckey, Conrad Anker, Helmy Beckey


Credited cast:
David Lama ... Himself
Peter Ortner ... Himself
Jim Bridwell ... Himself
Toni Ponholzer ... Himself
Markus Pucher ... Himself
Thomas Dirnhofer ... Himself
Lincoln Else Lincoln Else ... Himself
Martin Boysen Martin Boysen ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Burrell ... Narrator (English)
Stefan Glowacz ... Himself
Reinhold Messner Reinhold Messner ... Himself (voice)


CERRO TORRE is a documentary about mountaineering, friendship and transformation. It's a coming of age story that also takes a close look at the state of rock climbing and alpinism, as well as their many philosophies and ethical approaches. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Unrated | See all certifications »



Austria | UK | USA | Argentina


English | Spanish | German | Italian

Release Date:

13 March 2014 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Cerro Torre See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€97 (Austria), 21 March 2014, Limited Release
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Red Bull Media House See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


See full technical specs »

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A clumsy and overdramatic film with beautiful footage
13 October 2017 | by unbetwixtSee all my reviews

For all the magnificence of Patagonia, the finished product is all-over-the-place, with poor editing and pacing, and a penchant for being unnecessarily dramatic to the point of being eye-rolling.

It's already a bad sign early on with the film's excessive use of tedious CG credits, and its odd editing style continues throughout, intercutting talking heads, sporadic narration, dramatised newspaper headlines and likely-scripted scenes in a clumsy manner. The only saving grace here is the simply spectacular scenery, which should really have been left to speak for itself without all the fluff.

Whether or not you're interested in mountaineering, this is one to steer clear of. I can think of any number of similar films to see instead of this, each which has been put together in a far more competent and impactful manner - Meru, Touching The Void, The Wildest Dream, Everest: Beyond The Limit, The Summit etc.

(To address another review, YES, the movie does say where Cerro Torre and Patagonia is - it's literally in the first few minutes!)

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 4 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed