Okay, here's an obscure one: Scream of Stone directed by Werner Herzog. It's a fictional story about climbing Cerro Torre, I believe. I've only seen the end, but it's SERIOUS.Also, he did a great doc on Messner called "The Dark Glow of the Mountains". Not a lot of actual climbing, but still awesome.
As far as non-hollywood goes.. I loved progression and Committed Volume 2. Clearly the best climbing scene ever filmed in hollywood is the Tom Cruise free solo in Mission Impossible. Flawless technique, especially when he ends up with his back against the cliff in an iron cross position, dont you hate when that happens?
I liked the one where the climbers were carrying dynamite (which came in handy) on a Himalayan expedition. It begins in Utah (I think), with the brother and sister cutting their father off the end of their rope. Maybe someone else remembers the name.
Vertical Limit: I think it was actually nitro glycerin (ytf you would want nitro on a mountain is beyond me) and they were attempting to summit k2. Most inaccurate mountaineering/climbing film since Cliffhanger.
I like Touching the Void. Haha, also, I think someone said Eiger Sanction. That one's definitely worth checking out. Also, the movie, "K2" from 1991 is pretty good/goofy but not as dumb as Vertical Limit.
Not sure if it was mentioned yet, but "North Face" has some old school climbing with great angles set on the Eiger pre-WWII. It's on netflix. North Face
Yeah, it's on the page that the OP linked.. It is a great one though. Good cinematography and interesting to see old school mountaineering with the old static twine ropes and people learning black smithery just to forge their own lost arrows, pitons, crampons etc... Purty cool stuff.
Alien vs Predator has some great climbing scenes in it. The opening where she is soloing a huge ice climb is entertaining. Maybe we could open it up to movies that have climbing in them. My two favorite are: James Bond For your eyes only. Introduction to the Friend... Failure to Launch Probably the funniest "fall" scene I have seen.
+1 for Touching the Void & North Face. Also, if you're into bouldering/sport at all, BigUp Productions has a lot of hq stuff, mostly with Sharma. Great scenery though, whether you're into that kind of climbing or not.
Agreed. North Face and Touching the void are amazing. The acting in vertical limit makes me laugh. Plus, after the fall it really gets boring. Cliffhanger...rules. Bolt guns, free soloing overhangs 1000 feet up (rescue team?) and the worlds most terribly made climbing gear, breaking... epic.
By Chris Owen Administrator From La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake Oct 8, 2012
Joe Huggins wrote:
An old friend was on the film crew for Vertical Limit-spent like 6 or 7 months in New Zealand. When he got back he was laughing about how badly it was going to suck. The best story he had was about the day Bill Paxton (the villain)was told by the producer to be on the mountain, in costume, even he wasn't in any scenes that day. So Paxton is just walking around ripping on the guy at full volume-"you stupid fat fuck! You're paying me to do nothing!" Anyway-How about The Mountain with Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner or Banner in the Sky(Disney version of the James Ramsey Ullman book?
I would like to second Chris' "Five Days One Summer" and Joe's final two suggestions of "The Mountain" and "Banner in the Sky". I would also like to add "American Experience: Ansel Adams" for its ambience.
I know it's really a documentary but that movie had such an incredible effect on me as a child watching it on PBS. It was my first introduction to climbing and I thought those guys and what they were doing was so badass and insane. It was like watching astronauts or something.
I wish someone would make a climbing film that's akin the the surfing film Step into Liquid. A bit of history and cruising through all aspects and styles of the sport, with the best climbers being those who are having the most fun.