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Offline NEAlpineStart

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Great Climbing Films
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:28:41 PM »
More than just Banff film festival films, what are some of the classics? My big three:

K2: The Ultimate High (1992)

While not the best climbing movie this one had an impact on my pre-teen years. Some of the opening scenes of wild pendulums are still clear in my mind:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102178/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKYF3EMpBbg

The buildering scene to score some LA P&^%# was frickin' hilarious.... "cat burgler" LOL

The Eiger Sanction (1975)

3 years before I was born Clint Eastwood doing ALL his own climbing stunts... 5.9 chimney's in jeans & cowboy boots with a bowline around the waist. This movie is a must see. The amount of politically incorrect ass-slapping is eye-brow raising but the climbing scenes are spectacular. The training motivation in particular was a hoot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEc1aEYmiA8

Third Man on the Mountain (1959)

Not a typo. 1959. Frickin' amazing climbing scenes given the time. Just watch the trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRac_oINFeg#t=43

So what are you faves?

Offline pappy

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Re: Great Climbing Films
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2015, 08:38:05 AM »
'Touching the Void': The gold standard

'Eiger Sanction' anything with desert towers and the N. Face of the Eiger has to be primo. As a side (unseen) bonus, Messner and Habeler use some of the rigging to make the first one day ascent.

Things get sparse after that, maybe the Sean Connery film 'Five Days One Summer'.

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Offline DGoguen

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Re: Great Climbing Films
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2015, 10:52:19 AM »
The Mountain (1956)
Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner.
The bloody handed standing belay by Spencer Tracy is pretty entertaining.
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Offline rbirk

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Re: Great Climbing Films
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2015, 12:09:09 PM »
"Third Man on the Mountain" is awesome and one of my all time favorites! Did not expect that from a Disney movie from the 50s, but what a great climbing movie!

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Re: Great Climbing Films
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2015, 01:40:39 PM »
All of the above plus the German/Austrian film Nordwand

Offline kenreville

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Re: Great Climbing Films
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2015, 09:16:51 PM »
Mike Hoover's "Solo". Short but sweet.

Offline RJNoble

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Re: Great Climbing Films
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2015, 07:22:32 AM »
Remember seeing a film that I think was called The White Tower  , is say 1850/1960s.  Remember Glenn Ford being in it and the film being very good .

 Another was 5 Days One Summer .  (1982)
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2015, 07:29:44 AM »
There was a more modern film in last few years from Germany called The North Face ( nord wand ) , all in German with subtitles that was real good. Dealt with the first ascent of major route on the Eiger. Maybe it was the first ascent of north face ? Very well done.