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Postby don » Wed Oct 14, 2009 6:44 am

I really enjoyed a movie titled "The Climb" . It's a Canadian film (1986) which features Bruce Greenwood as Herman Buhl in his climb of Nanga Parbat in 1953.

http://brucegreenwoodfans.com/mov-tv/climb/index.html
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Postby mconnell » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:52 pm

SpiderSavage wrote:My fav: The Eiger Sanction, Clint Eastwood, 1975
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072926/

When I was a kid I was impressed by the climbing scene in James Bond: For Your Eyes Only. For years I thought prussicking should be done with shoe-lace sized cords. :oops:


I've climbed with a guide that used cords about that size (4mm) for prussiks. Grips really well on iced-up skinny ropes.
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Postby Pablohoney » Thu Oct 15, 2009 4:12 am

Had to go find this with all the talk here lately, again William Shatner+Climbing=Great


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlxzpWjM5Q8
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Postby rmick25 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:51 am

White Hell of Pitz Palu. Silent movie from the 20's. Classic! One of the first mountain movies.
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Postby HandjamMasterC » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:24 pm

The Mountain is a real classic. No producer has been able to match quality of the story line or technical accuracy of The Mountain.


You are kidding, right? I love the scene where Spencer Tracy pulls Robert Wagner right up to him while Wagner is hanging on a rope. The only thing more " technically accurate " is Andre The Giant pulling himself and 3 other people straight up on a rope ( in Princess Bride )!! :lol:
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Postby Andinistaloco » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:34 pm

HandjamMasterC wrote:
The Mountain is a real classic. No producer has been able to match quality of the story line or technical accuracy of The Mountain.


You are kidding, right? I love the scene where Spencer Tracy pulls Robert Wagner right up to him while Wagner is hanging on a rope. The only thing more " technically accurate " is Andre The Giant pulling himself and 3 other people straight up on a rope ( in Princess Bride )!! :lol:


Ha!

Another good one was Eastwood giving George Kennedy a body belay from the top of the Totem Pole. :shock:
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Postby woodsxc » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:34 pm

HandjamMasterC wrote:
The Mountain is a real classic. No producer has been able to match quality of the story line or technical accuracy of The Mountain.


You are kidding, right? I love the scene where Spencer Tracy pulls Robert Wagner right up to him while Wagner is hanging on a rope. The only thing more " technically accurate " is Andre The Giant pulling himself and 3 other people straight up on a rope ( in Princess Bride )!! :lol:


Gotta love Princess Bride.

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Postby hansw » Thu Oct 15, 2009 6:55 pm

Speaking of the Eiger there are two films by Leo Dickinson from early 1980:

”Out of the Shadow into the Sun”. 50 min.

”Filming the Impossible”. 38 min. He also wrote a book with the same name.
This one includes a gripping scene where Cliff Phillips is losing his foothold and starts tumbeling down the second icefield.
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Postby neoday » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:48 pm

if you haven't seen Higher Ambitions yet- you need to. No Hollywood antics but a great story and almost all climbing. One of my top if not top favorite movies.
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Postby Luciano136 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:49 pm

neoday wrote:if you haven't seen Higher Ambitions yet- you need to. No Hollywood antics but a great story and almost all climbing. One of my top if not top favorite movies.


+ a million! My favorite together with Touching the Void.
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Postby richebay » Fri Oct 16, 2009 6:24 pm

My favorite would have to be Werner Herzogs "In the Dark Glow of the Mountains" about Messners traverse of the Gasherburn massif in alpine style. If you're a fan of film, you know Herzog is one of the greats and he really does this amazing feat justice with this documentary. I believe it is available on Netflix too.
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Postby Flatlander2climb » Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:39 am

mvs wrote:There were no explosions or jumps across cliffs with ice tools. The accident scene was pretty realistic and believable.

K2 is actually a darn good movie, and I don't like seeing it lumped in with "Vertical Limit," a truly horrible film. Yes, it has a 1980s "cheese" factor, but the Eiger Sanction has a similar dollop of 1970s cheese.




haha yes Vertical Limit. I remember seeing that a few years ago before I got into climbing at all. I just watched a clip of it on youtube the other day and just in the one minute I saw I was fairly surprised that Ed Viesturs would agree to be in a movie that was so ridiculous. No criticism to him, but it kind of made me laugh knowing how serious he is about what he does.
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Postby RickF » Mon May 03, 2010 9:25 pm

jspeigl wrote:A while back there was this thread about a German movie Nordwand. Has anybody seen it yet in the US?


Nordwand is playing at some of the old revival theaters around Southern California. I saw it last Friday night at the Bayview Theater in Seal Beach. Even with the sub-titles and embellishing history with some cheesy love story, its a great climbing movie. It does a good job of showing how alpine climbing was done in 1936.
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Postby dskoon » Mon May 03, 2010 9:29 pm

RickF wrote:
jspeigl wrote:A while back there was this thread about a German movie Nordwand. Has anybody seen it yet in the US?


Nordwand is playing at some of the old revival theaters around Southern California. I saw it last Friday night at the Bayview Theater in Seal Beach. Even with the sub-titles and embellishing history with some cheesy love story, its a great climbing movie. It does a good job of showing how alpine climbing was done in 1936.


Agreed! Good flick.
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Postby yaknjorgl » Mon May 03, 2010 10:52 pm

there's a great black and white of climbing EL CAP - maybe the 5 or 6 ascent - surreal helicopter footage of the king swing - a fall in the dark without headlamps and a great scene of a guy reaching a ledge and looking over, his buddy says "hey man why you getting so close not roped up" and the guy literally leaps for the rope he untied from
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