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Free Solo (2018)

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Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alex Honnold ... Himself
Tommy Caldwell Tommy Caldwell ... Himself
Jimmy Chin ... Himself
Cheyne Lempe Cheyne Lempe ... Himself
Mikey Schaefer Mikey Schaefer ... Himself
Sanni McCandless Sanni McCandless ... Herself
Dierdre Wolownick Dierdre Wolownick ... Herself
Peter Croft Peter Croft ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Synnott Mark Synnott ... Himself - Climbing Journalist
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Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

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rock climbing | climbing | See All (2) »

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Live Beyond Fear

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Documentary | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Free Solo See more »

Filming Locations:

Yosemite, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$290,205, 30 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,362,350, 17 March 2019
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Alex Honnold has done the triple crown of climbing in Yosemite. El Cap, Half Dome and the Mt. Watkins. See more »

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Alex's brain scan in the film is referred to as an "MRI." This imaging modality is commonly used on athletes who need to have the extent of tissue damage visualized by a radiologist. Alex was studied with "fMRI" or functional MRI, which follows localized blood flow in the range of seconds which increases with increased neural activity. The interpretation presented in the film suggests Alex had a decreased response to fearful stimuli (pictures of sinking ships, knives, etc.) since there doesn't appear to be increased activity in the amygdala as compared to other subjects considered to be "normal." See more »

Quotes

Alex Honnold: I think it's the best thing in life to be able to take the one thing you love the most and have it, like, work out that you can make a living that way.
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Hyde & Pine
Performed by The Stone Foxes
Written by Aaron Mort, Avi Vinocur, Shannon Koehler, Spence Koehler
Published by Embassy Music Corporation (BMI), Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
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Achieving The Impossible
26 September 2018 | by roblesar99See all my reviews

A rousing, crowd-pleasing documentary that showcases the extraordinary capacity of the human body to push itself to the extreme - or in the words of free solo climber Alex Honnold, "to reach perfection" - Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi's FREE SOLO makes for one of the most tense viewing experiences I've had in a theater this year. We already know how this documentary will end (any other sort of ending and this would have never been released), but Chin and Vaserhelyi nonetheless manage to convey a palpable sense of fear and tension throughout, as Honnold repeatedly practices climbs in preparation for his free solo climb of Yosemite's famed El Capitan, a 3,000 foot wall of sheer granite. Honnold makes for a fascinating subject as the climber at the heart of the story. Unlike literally 99% of other climbers, however, Honnold specializes in free soloing - climbing without using ropes or any other sort of protection. What Honnold does is insane, and the film repeatedly stresses the fact that one wrong move would result in his death. But Honnold's passion for free soloing is his lifeblood, and despite the inherent (and obvious) dangers of his profession, it's the one thing that keeps him going. I can't imagine what would ever possess Honnold (and others like him) to do what they do, but what I can say is that FREE SOLO captures his feats in breathtaking glory that left the audience in the theater cheering at the end.

Points off for the Tim McGraw song during the end credits, though.


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