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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Alex Honnold ... Self
Tommy Caldwell ... Self
Jimmy Chin ... Self
Cheyne Lempe ... Self
Mikey Schaefer ... Self
Sanni McCandless ... Self
Dierdre Wolownick ... Self
Peter Croft ... Self
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Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

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Live Beyond Fear


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

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The film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, won 7 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Directing for a Documentary/Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within an Unscripted Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for a Nonfiction Program. 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 »

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Alex Honnold: So I could just, like, not do certain things, but then you have, like, weird simmering resentment because it's things that you love most in life have now been squashed.
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Soundtracks

Hyde & Pine
Written by Aaron Mort, Avi Vinocur, Shannon Koehler, Spence Koehler
Performed by The Stone Foxes
Published by Embassy Music Corporation (BMI), Music Sales Corporation (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Embassy Music Corporation
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Powerful Inspiration
18 October 2018 | by doron-87394See all my reviews

No, I'm not inspired to free climb El Capitan or any slope. I'm an 84 year old retired businessman still trying to figure out how to best live my life, and I left the theater last night in awe of Alex Honnald's achievement -- climbing an almost vertical granite wall in a little over three hours when, in any second, the slightest mistake would result in death.

Watching Alex do it -- watching the joy in his face when he got beyond some of the most difficult challenges as well as on the top,\; watching the intense focus and concentration as he sought safe holds; watching what I read as his quiet determination and confidence when he approached the wall for his solo climb -- these images will be with me for the balance of my life.

They will return to me when I need focus and concentration in the moment to achieve something. They will return to me when I need to build confidence and determination to achieve a goal. They will return to me as I examine and release thoughts of fear that I conjure up (but I'm not blessed, as Alex is, with an amygdala that does not respond to fear inducing visions).

Thank you, Alex, for the powerful inspiration.


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English

Release Date:

13 December 2018 (New Zealand) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Yosemite, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$294,288, 30 September 2018

Gross USA:

$17,541,090

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,318,861
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1.85 : 1
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