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Vertical Limit (2000)

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

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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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This December. Fear will Fall. Courage will Rise. See more »


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

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,903,014 (UK) (19 January 2001)

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ESP 1,114,069,706 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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The Bench brothers were based on the Burgess twins, Alan & Adrian, who are two climbers from Yorkshire, England, UK. See more »

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The depiction of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) is grossly innacurate. HAPE is usually a result of altitude sickness and can most commonly be prevented (or at least have a measure of prevention provided) by slow acclimatization to the higher altitude. It is not a guaranteed condition to every climber at a high altitude. Moreover, the consumption of water has little bearing on the onset of HAPE. And even if drinking water was a cause of HAPE, it is never made clear why the trapped climbers must melt the snow first, instead of just chewing it, or letting it melt in their mouths. Additionally, given Annie's and Tom's high-degree of experience, and previous statements regarding their proposed high level of safety, they would most certainly have insisted on climbing K2 with the aid of oxygen, the use of which also staves off HAPE. See more »

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Monique: Cyril! Cyril, are you there? Cyril! Damn it, you answer me!
Cyril Bench: Nag, nag, nag. They always bloody nag.
Monique: You're sick.
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Only One Woman
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
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Gag - this movie stinks. Go watch "K2" instead
29 May 2001 | by (Orlando) – See all my reviews

I suppose some action junkies may find something likeable in this movie. For the rest of us, and for those who want a choice mountain climbing movie with plenty of good scenery and plot twists - go watch "K2" instead of this movie.

Nothing can save Vertical Limit from itself. Not the star cast. Not the scenery. Not the action.

The plot is sophomoric and very predictable, the acting is marginal, many of the scenes are obvious fakes, and the action sequences are less than one would hope for.

Its obvious that the producer had one thing in mind - explosions on a mountain - and forgot to add a believable plot or credible acting. Save your $. There are plenty of action movies to choose from which are better than this film. And if you want climbing - 'K2' kicks this film's booty.


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