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EVEREST (1998)

Filmed in Utah, New Hampshire, Colorado, Baja California and Nepal, Everest answers the question posed by the magazine "Nineteenth Century" during the 1870s, "Can Mount Everest Be Climbed?" In a brief historical footnote, we learn that New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa mountaineer Tenzing Norgay reached the summit May 29, 1953. Like the breaking of the four-minute mile by an Australian runner decades ago, this breakthrough led to several successful expeditions between then and now, though the feat is hardly a piece of cake. Though seven hundred people have reached the top, one hundred fifty died trying.

"There are no fake stunts here, no Hollywood make believe, no mythical heroes with fake Austrian accents. It's all so spectacularly real, a shimmering, boldly executed and truly awe-inspiring masterpiece of both cinematic depth and human passion. Apart from the overpowering visual intensity of the whole experience, Everest is also a poignant, affecting, real-life human drama. Not only will audiences be mesmerised by the Himalayas, blown away by the audacity of the climb, and terrified by the mountainous disasters, they'll be moved to tears by the indomitable strength of the human spirit. This is an emotional rollercoaster that no mainstream film could ever hope to topple, an overwhelming and exhilarating journey that isn't easy to forget. From the remarkable camerawork, through to the hauntingly evocative music and Liam Neeson's effective narration, Everest is cinema at its best. Try not to miss one of the genuine film events of the year."
Paul Fischer

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NARRATOR: Liam Neeson

PRODUCERS: MacGillivray Freeman Films/Arcturus Motion Pictures

DIRECTORS: Greg MacGillivray, David Breashears, Ed Viesturs

WRITERS: Tim Cahill, Stephen Judson

MOUNTAINEERS: Ed Viesturs, Araceli Segarra, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, Sumiyo Tsuzuki, Paula Viesturs,


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 18, 1998 (Sydney only; other states to follow)

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