Synopsis: On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds.
Director(s): Baltasar Kormákur
Production: Universal Pictures
  7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

Can you just listen up?


We got 2,000 feet,

600 vertical meters

to Camp Four.

It's roped all the way,

so I know you can make it.

Once we get to the yellow band,

we're gonna regroup,

put on the masks,

turn on the gas.

Make sense?

325 dollars a bottle.

For oxygen?

That's daylight robbery!

Yeah, well, he's cornered the market,

he's got it.

He reckons there's gonna be 20

teams at Base Camp this season.

Twenty teams?

I mean, with all

the Sherpas and porters,

it's gonna be

a squeeze up there.

Well, that's a scrum on

the ropes, right there.

What is this?

It's Helen's.

It's a little decoration

for the mess tent.

You can wear them in your hair.

I'll have that.

Thank you.

Okay, I got some news.

We got Krakauer.

You stole him

from Scott Fischer?

No, he made up his own mind.

Good job, Rob!

How much is he paying you, Rob?

Well, he's only

paying for his airfare

but we get 5,000

words in the magazine

and our picture on

the front cover. Huh?

That makes it all worthwhile.

Right there.

Well, if you get him to the top.


If? How can you

say that to me?

There you go.

You all right?

Thanks, Guy.

Cheers, mate.



You all right?

Oh, yeah, how are you?

Me? I'm good.

Oh, look at you!

I know, I'm big.

Here you go.

You good?

Yeah, you know,

I'm just gonna miss you.

Come on.

- Let's go, Guy.

- Mmm-hmm.

Just go careful, all right?


Please, my love.

Come on.

Please don't worry.

It's just the doing

nothing back here

that's making me worry.

You're not doing nothing.

No, but...


It's the waiting for you.

For him.




Just be back for

the birth, Rob Hall.

You try and stop me.

This is a final call

for Air New Zealand

Flight 7419 to Kathmandu.

Okay, I love you.

Go, or I'll cry.



That all you got?

Yeah, that's it.

I think we're over here.

Hey, what outfit you guys with?

Uh, Adventure Consultants.

Ah, good. Me too.


I'm Beck.

Beck Weathers.

Doug Hansen.

Jon Krakauer.

How you doing?


Are you, uh...

Krakauer from Outside magazine?



What are you doing?

Writing or climbing or what?

Little bit of both.


Well, I'll let you know

how the summit goes, okay?

No need.

I'll be there.

Ah, we'll see.

What do you do when

you're not climbing, Doug?

What, for work?


Uh, different things.

Carpenter, mailman.

Carpenter, mailman?


Seriously, you deliver the mail?

Yeah, I deliver the mail.

Mailman on Everest?

Hope so.

I like that.

Mailman on Everest.

There we go.

- Beck.

- Yeah?

You know he made it to the South

Summit on Everest last year?

Who, Doug did?


That's pretty

high for a mailman.

Yep. Longs Peak, McKinley.

I never made it up to

the top of McKinley myself.

I know.

Well, how do you know that?

'89, right?


You've done your research.

That's what we do.

You, my friends, are following

in some very famous footsteps.

A history made

famous by George Everest,

George Mallory, Tenzing Norgay,

Edmund Hillary.

And Rob Hall!

Legends all of them!

That's right.

For those of you who

dare face their dreams,

Adventure Consultants

offers something

beyond the power of

words to describe.

And why don't we describe it

in the brochure?

Because it's mostly just pain.

- Yes.

- Ain't that the truth?

And the odd,

if you don't mind, Mike,

and the odd missing toe.

There we go.

To put it simply,

guys, human beings

simply aren't built to function

at the cruising

altitude of a 747.

Okay, once we get above here,

above the South Col

our bodies will be

literally dying.

And I mean literally dying.

It's not called the Death Zone for nothing,


So the game is,

can we get you up to the top

and down to the bottom

before that happens?

- You sure can.

- Oh!

Beck Weathers,

ladies and gentlemen.

You might have noticed

a bit of the Lone Star State?

100% Texan right here, people.

100% Texan.

You've met Mike Groom.

I'd like to introduce

you to Andy Harris.

- Harold.

- Our other guide out of Queenstown.

Taranaki, actually,

originally. Kia ora.

Helen and the rest of the team are

already on the way up to Base Camp.

They're setting it up

for when we get there.

Today's March 30, people.

I plan on going for

the summit May 10.

It's been a lucky day for me

and Adventure Consultants

and the weather's usually

pretty stable around then.

So that means,

we have 40 days to train

your bodies and your minds

to go for it.

Now, I know there's a lot of

mountaineering experience in this room.

You wouldn't be here without it.

Stu, K2, Broad Peak.

John Taske.

1,192 meters of

Mount Kosciuszko.

And... I mean,

Yasuko Namba.

Six of the Seven Summits and the

only woman.

There you go.

Let's make it seven.

Thank you.

But Everest, though, is another beast,

another beast altogether.

That's why you're here,

isn't that right, Dougie?

Oh, yeah. Yeah.

So, listen. Tonight, that's it from me.

Eat, drink, be merry.

Tomorrow, we trek.

We good?

You ready for this?


All right, folks, hang on.


That's it, here we go, Colonel.

All right, everybody, earbuds.

Take your seats,

buckle in, everyone.

Thanks, Mike.

Do or die.

Here we go.


Can you believe it?

Bravo 270 en route,

request Bravo 410.

Keep 'em all in a nice group.

Hey, guys, take it easy.

- Yes, I'm ready.

- Ready.

We're kicking it off, let's go.

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William Nicholson

William Benedict Nicholson, OBE, FRSL is a British screenwriter, playwright, and novelist who has been nominated twice for an Oscar. more…

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