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Vertical Limit

5.2
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Original title
Vertical Limit
Year
Running time
126 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Robet King, Terry Hayes
Music
James Newton Howard
Cinematography
David Tattersall
Cast
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Producer
Columbia Pictures
Genre
Adventure | Mountain Climbing. Nature. Survival Film
Synopsis / Plot
An edge-of-your seat, emotionally-charged action-adventure story, VERTICAL LIMIT is a high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell), 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 (Robin Tunney), and her summit team (Bill Paxton and Nicholas Lea) in a race against time.

Years before, brother and sister were devastated by a horrific climbing accident. Peter made a split-second decision to cut their father's rope to save his sister and himself. In the aftermath, Peter isolated himself as a nature photographer; Annie chased her father's dream to climb the world's highest peaks.

Now, she 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 (Scott Glenn), to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her.
Awards
2000: Nominated for BAFTA Awards: Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
2000: Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards: Best Visual Effects
2000: Satellite Awards: Nominated Best Visual Effects
Critics' reviews
  • "One of the most thrilling - and authentic - mountain-climbing films in recent memory"
  • "Story and character development gets buried in an avalanche of illogical behavior and preposterous catastrophes"
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