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Vertical Limit (2000)

A climber must rescue his sister on top of K2, one of the world's biggest mountains.

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Martin Campbell

Writers:

Robert King (story), Robert King (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris O'Donnell ... Peter Garrett
Robin Tunney ... Annie Garrett
Stuart Wilson ... Royce Garrett
Augie Davis ... Aziz
Temuera Morrison ... Major Rasul
Roshan Seth ... Colonel Amir Salim
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin Alejandro Valdes-Rochin ... Sergeant Asim
Nicholas Lea ... Tom McLaren
Rod Brown Rod Brown ... Ali Hasan
Scott Glenn ... Montgomery Wick
Steve Le Marquand ... Cyril Bench
Ben Mendelsohn ... Malcolm Bench
Izabella Scorupco ... Monique Aubertine
Bill Paxton ... Elliot Vaughn
Ed Viesturs Ed Viesturs ... Himself
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Storyline

A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense life/death situations and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Urdu

Release Date:

8 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Límite vertical See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,507,845, 10 December 2000

Gross USA:

$69,243,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$215,663,859
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Four years earlier in 1996, the character, Ed Viesteur - i.e. himself - had, in real life, rescued a storm stranded wealthy American amateur Everest climber: further above - considered too far - another climber (Rob Hall) with also another amateur payer, perished. See more »

Goofs

Peter walks into a tent where Monique tells him where to find Skip. The stubble he has when talking to Monique is totally gone when he finds Skip, immediately afterward. See more »

Quotes

Annie Garrett: Peter, are you there? Peter?
Peter: Annie? Annie, is that you? Annie. Annie, what is it?
Annie Garrett: Where are you?
Peter: Five hours away.
Annie Garrett: I want you to go back. Don't risk it. There's no reason. I won't be here and neither will Tom.
Peter: How long?
Annie Garrett: An hour. Two at the most. Peter? Peter!
Peter: I'm here Annie.
Annie Garrett: I've been thinking. I've been thinking a lot about Dad. We shouldn't have gotten him a grave. We should have come up here together with his ashes. He said this is where he was the happiest. He was a climber. I think every ...
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Connections

References Cliffhanger (1993) See more »

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Only One Woman
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
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Makes you think of climber's dilemmas
7 May 2015 | by ggudmundSee all my reviews

I won't tell you what the spoilers are, but this movie makes you think about the ethical dilemmas advanced climbers face. Especially above the "Vertical Limit" where your own life is pretty much dying above that limit as you approach the summit.

In an article by The Guardian entitled "Mount Everest: the ethical dilemma facing climbers" the author discussed whether climbers should stop to help casualties.

Also, check out article in BBC News "The ethics of climbing Everest" in 2006.

Another interesting article May 1 2015, especially considering recent Avalanches in Nepal. "Mount Everest climbers in dilemma as climbing season draws closer in Nepal"

So you should ask yourself would you do what Vaughan did with the medical kit?

If you family member were trapped on top of K2 or Mount Everest, would you go rescue them?

If you were at base camp what would be your motivations to climb to the top to rescue someone?

And if you were a AF Pararescueman, would you not absolutely love this movie? Hoorah!


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