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Tagline: The most dangerous place on earth.
Keira as: Jan Hall
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Duration: 121 minutes
Written by: William Nicholson, Simon Beaufoy
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Other cast: Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Robin Wright, Jake Gyllenhaal
Release date: September 25, 2015
Production budget: $55m
Total worldwide gross: $203.4m
Filming locations: South Base Camp, Mount Everest, Nepal and Val Senales, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind. Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.

Production Info
  • On April 18, 2014, an avalanche on Everest killed 16 people. Most of the dead were Sherpas preparing for the upcoming climbing season. Filming had to be postponed.
  • When Rob Hall’s team is asked why they are climbing Everest, everybody answers “because it’s there,” a motto of mountain climbers worldwide. In a 1924 interview, George Mallory, asked why he would risk his life to become the first person to summit Everest, famously answered “because it’s there.” Mallory disappeared during a summit attempt in June 1924. His body was found in May 1999, 245 meters from the summit.
  • Vijay Lama, the helicopter pilot, is one of the most experienced pilots in Nepal.
  • Mount Everest was named by Andrew Waugh, British Surveyor General, in 1865. Sir George Everest, its namesake, identified it in the 1820s as the highest point in the world above sea level. The original Tibetan name, Chomolungma, means “Goddess Mother of the World”. It’s 29,029 feet (8,848 meters) high.
  • Into Thin Air author Jon Krakauer came out against the film, particularly a scene in which his character refuses to help Anatoli Boukreev’s team with search and rescue. Krakauer told the Los Angeles Times, “I never had that conversation. Anatoli came to several tents, and not even Sherpas could go out … no one came to my tent and asked.” Director Baltasar Kormákur defended the film in a response, stating the scene “was to illustrate how helpless people were and why they might not have been able to go out and rescue people.”
  • In real life, Beck Weathers’ nose was so badly injured by frostbite that it had to be surgically reconstructed.
  • The film was released in 2015, only the second year since 1974 that nobody successfully reached the summit. In 2014, the Sherpas refused to climb due to the disaster that killed 16 Sherpas.
  • Guy Cotter, a consultant on the film, now runs Adventure Consultants, Rob Hall’s old job.
  • This story and some stylized scenes were borrowed from the IMAX film Everest, which was released in 1998.
  • Survivor Lou Kasischke, a consultant on the movie, published his account of the Everest tragedy in his book, After the Wind.
  • Tenzing-Hillary Airport appears briefly, as Lukla Airport. Many consider it the world’s most dangerous airport due to its steeply inclined runways and treacherous surrounding terrain.
  • Everest is referred to as part of a group called “the 8,000”, 14 mountains which rise at least 8,000 meters above sea level: Everest (Nepal: 8,848 m/29,029 ft), K2 (between Pakistan and China, 8,611 m/28,251 ft), Kangchenjunga (Nepal, 8,586 m/28,169 ft), Lhotse (Nepal, 8,516 m/27,940 ft), Makalu (Nepal, 8,485 m/27,838 ft), Cho Oyu (Nepal, 8,201 m/26,906 ft), Dhaulagiri I (Nepal, 8,167 m/26,795 ft), Manaslu (Nepal, 8,163 m/26,781 ft), Nanga Parbat (Pakistan, 8,126 m/26,660 ft), Annapurna I (Nepal, 8,091 m/26,545 ft), Gasherbrum I (Pakistan, 8,080 m/26,444 ft), Broad Peak (Pakistan, 8,051 m/26,414 ft), Gasherbrum II (Pakistan, 8,035 m/26,362 ft), and Shishapangma (Nepal, 8,027 m/26,335 ft).
  • Pemba Sherpa was part of the Adventure Consultants Guided Expedition as a Base Camp Sherpa. Rob Hall led this expedition.
  • In one scene, the team crosses Larja Dhoban, the suspension bridge above the Dudh Koshi river just before the steep climb up to Namche. Larja Dhoban is the sixth of seven suspension bridges for hikers and climbers to cross from the starting point in Lukla (where the Tenzing-Hillary Airport is located) to the Everest Base Camp.
  • On June 4, 2015, the first trailer for the film was released online, with an appeal for relief for the April 2015 Nepal earthquake through Oxfam America in the coda.
  • The film takes place from March to May 1996.
  • Universal had initially set a release date of February 27, 2015. On March 21, it was moved to September 18, 2015.
  • Character Quotes
  • Jan: Just go careful, all right? It’s…
    Rob: Please, my love. Come on. Please don’t worry.
    Jan: It’s just the doing nothing back here that’s making me worry.
    Rob: You’re not doing nothing.
    Jan: No, but…
    Rob: What?
    Jan: It’s the waiting for you.
  • Rob: So, it’s a girl.
    Jan: Yeah.
    Rob: And did you go to the doctor, did you get a scan done? Did you see her?
    Jan: Yeah, sure did.
    Rob: And? Come on. What did she look like?
    Jan: Oh, you know. Blonde hair, nice smile, perfect height-to-weight ratio, she’s gonna be a great climber. (Laughs) She’s there, Rob. Already.
    Rob: Wow.
    Jan: A little me, a little you.
  • Jan: Helen?
    Helen: Yeah. Yeah, he’s still there. He’s just below the South Summit. He’s got oxygen, but it’s iced up. We don’t know whether he’s been able to free it.
    Jan: (Crying) Is anybody with him?
    Helen: No. No.
    Jan: You have to get him down before dark. He won’t survive another night.
    Helen: We know. But the storm’s come back, real bad. We can’t get anyone up to him tonight. We tried.
    Jan: He might as well be on the moon.
  • Rob: Hi, sweetheart. How are you?
    Jan: I’m thinking about you. You sound good. Are you warm, my love?
    Rob: I might have a little frostbite.
    Jan: I’m looking forward to making it all better. I can’t wait for you to come home.
    Rob: How’s Sarah?
    Jan: (Sobbing) Sarah?
    Rob: Yeah.
    Jan: Yeah, Sarah’s good.
    Rob: Will you call her that for me?
    Jan: Yes, I will.
    Rob: I don’t think I’m gonna get to meet her. I’m so sorry.
    Jan: Don’t say that. If anyone can make it, you can. Remember?
  • Critical Response

    Anthony Lane, The New Yorker:

    Knightley and Emily Watson, who plays the coördinator at base camp, are given substantial scenes on the telephone, during which their expressions betray a dread of mortally bad news, plus the intense concentration required to maintain a New Zealand accent.