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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: 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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Slow to Climax
15 February 2019 | by solemnphilosopherSee all my reviews

Like others reviewers mention, they could have reduced the time spent on Alex's relationship with his girlfriend. I didn't mind her, but I was just not into that aspect of the story.

Alex's notes were fascinating. Using that as a base, I wish they would have expanded on the terminology and techniques behind rock climbing. I am a layman and I was interested in the little bit that they showed in the film.

I also thought the final climb was a bit too short. I understand that they didn't want to smother Alex with cameras while doing a precarious climb. Nevertheless, I think they could have shown some of the easier parts of the climb to give a sense of the time and endurance required.

In any case, I found Free Solo to be interesting and recommend the documentary.


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