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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2018 (UK) See more »

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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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1.85 : 1
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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

Dierdre Wolownick: [On how Alex's climbing affects her as a parent] I think when he's free soloing is when he feels the most alive, the most everything. How could you even think about taking that away from somebody?
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Death-defying feat will leave you stunned
20 October 2018 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Free Solo" (2018 release; 96 min.) is a bio-pick about Alex Honnold and his historic 2017 climb of Yosemite's El Capitan. As the movie open, we see Alex in the later stage of that climb, and the images immediately will cause you to gasp. We then go back to "Spring 2016", when Alex is doing a book tour and comments about why he does what he does. "Chances of falling off are low, but the consequences are high", he wryly observes. Ater a few minutes recapping Alex's upbringing, it isn't long before the movie centers on El Capitan, "the center of the rock-climbing universe"... At this point we are 10 min. into the movie, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest documentary from (real life couple) Jimmy Chan and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, who previously brought us the equally excellent "Meru", one of my favorite movies of 2014. Here they document the extraordinary feat accomplished by Alex Hannold of conquering the 3,200 ft. El Capitan. While the movie does well putting everything into the proper context, in particular Alex's budding relationship with his new girlfriend, what makes this so remarkable is that we, the audience at large (whom I suspect are not experts in rock climbing, let alone free solo climbing) are shown how technical and challenging it is to climb up El Capitan, let alone doing it free solo. Alex does many trial runs to grasp and master the most difficult parts of the climb. The last half hour brings us the actual free solo climb (on June 3, 2017), and even though we know the outcome (Alex lives!), it is still stupefying and almost impossible to watch (I admit I covered my eyes on a number of occasions). There are simply no words for it.

"Free Solo" opened in late September in limited release, and immediately caused a sensation. The movie finally opened at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and I couldn't wait to see it. The Friday evening screening where I saw this at was PACKED to the rafters in the largest room of the 6 screen theater, something I haven't seen in YEARS. The movie is going to be a box office smash in the art-house theater circuit, and sure to be nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar. Whether you have any interest in rock climbing or not, if you want to see one of the greatest human achievements in sports or you are a thrill-seeker, I'd readily suggest you check this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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