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Postby vidclimber » Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:03 am

What are some of your favorite Mountaineering Movies? I have not seen very many, just K2, Cliff hanger, Vertical limit, and Touching the Void (which I like the best so far).
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Postby norco17 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:04 am

the sharp end
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Montaineering Movies

Postby Cy Kaicener » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:00 am

The one I enjoyed the most was THE MOUNTAIN with Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner
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Postby SpiderSavage » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:14 am

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:
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Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:58 am

Out of the Shadow and into the Sun
http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/92511
One of the earliest films of the Eiger nordwand

El Capitan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Capitan_(film)
A haunting film about an ascent of the nose
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Postby The Chief » Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:17 am

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Postby Pablohoney » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:14 am

Eiger Sanction by all means...

Just watched a movie called Everest (2007) about the '82 Canadian expedition to everest with cameos from Jason Priestley and William Shatner...top notch......for a climbing movie with Jason Prisetley and William Shatner...not to miss.
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Postby jspeigl » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:26 am

A while back there was this thread about a German movie Nordwand. Has anybody seen it yet in the US?
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Postby Luciano136 » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:05 pm

Add 'Higher Ambitions' to the list.
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Postby vancouver islander » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:42 pm

Pablohoney wrote:Just watched a movie called Everest (2007) about the '82 Canadian expedition to everest with cameos from Jason Priestley and William Shatner...top notch......for a climbing movie with Jason Prisetley and William Shatner...not to miss.


This is perhaps the most embarrasingly awful movie about climbing ever made. I particularly enjoyed the sequence of the single yak carrying everyone's equipment up to base camp. It was loaded, if I remember, with 2 boxes. Now that's what I call light and fast. The rest was similar low-budget stuff since most of the money was spent in bringing Shatner in for his cameo in the pub in Kathmandu and anything left over went on paying his bar bill there.
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Postby Jimmie » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:46 pm

Since I haven't seen the Eiger Sanction yet:

"E'Lollipop" - a kids movie from South Africa. It's filmed in Lesotho (Drakensberg range). Not a climbing movie, more an outdoors movie taking place in the mountains of my childhood. I guess it contributed to my interest in travelling to "mystical" mountain ranges far off the tourist track and also interacting on equal terms with the locals. Haven't seen it since I was 8-9 years old.

Seven Years was ok, but then I have this thing for mystical mountain ranges in Buddhist countries. :)

The others, K2, Cliffhanger etc, are ok if one wants a good laugh.
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Postby vancouver islander » Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:52 pm

For an authentic movie about mountainering that doesn't involve superman-like antics a la "K2" that just gives the public the wrong idea of our sport, try "Five Days One Summer"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083947/.

OK there's a bit of soppy romance in there but the climbing sequences are real and the producers made a superb effort to reproduce pre WW2 equipment and techniques as accurately as possible. Well worth a watch.
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Postby HandjamMasterC » Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:13 pm

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


Nordwand ( North Wall ) is an excellent movie - not only as a mountaineering / climbing movie, it's an excellent well made movie - period. I own it on Blu Ray - it looks and sounds fantastic in our home theater. Highly recommended!!!! Available at Amazon UK.

One that rarely (if ever) gets mentioned :

The White Tower (1950).

Glenn Ford
Claude Rains
Sir Cedric Hardwick (Sethi, The 10 Commandments)
Lloyd Bridges
Alida Valli


The book is wonderful too.
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