North Face

North Face

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Director: Philipp Stölzl

Cast: Benno Fürmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalek

     
 

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A handful of men set aside their differences to conquer one of Europe's tallest mountains in this period drama inspired by a true story. In 1936, Nazi Germany is looking to shore up its reputation in the eyes of the world, and after a pair of German climbers dies in an effort to climb the North face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, the state is looking to find another…  See more details below

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A handful of men set aside their differences to conquer one of Europe's tallest mountains in this period drama inspired by a true story. In 1936, Nazi Germany is looking to shore up its reputation in the eyes of the world, and after a pair of German climbers dies in an effort to climb the North face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, the state is looking to find another group who can succeed where the earlier team failed. Henry Arau (Ulrich Tukur), the publisher of one of Berlin's biggest newspapers, is a loyal son of the Third Reich, and when his editorial secretary, Luise Fellner (Johanna Wokalek), tells him she knows some climbers who would be willing to take on the Eiger, Tukur gives her a free hand to assemble a team and make this dream a reality. Close friends Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andi Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas) are serving in the German army when Fellner (who once dated Kurz) tries to persuade them to climb the Eiger. While Hinterstoisser is willing to take the risk in the name of patriotism, Kurz is cynical about the Third Reich and says he'll put his life on the line only for his own reasons and not to please Germany's leaders. Kurz and Hinterstoisser finally begin the climb in mid-summer, only to discover that a pair of Austrians, Willy Angerer (Simon Schwarz) and Edi Rainer (Georg Friedrich), are now challenging them in a race to the top. Nordwand (aka North Face) was an official selection at the 2008 Locarno Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
UPC:
0705105742953
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
NR
Source:
Music Box Films
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
27,463

Special Features

Visual Effects of North Face; Deleted Scenes; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Benno Fürmann Toni Kurz
Florian Lukas Andi Hinterstoisser
Johanna Wokalek Luise Fellner
Ulrich Tukur Henry Arau
Simon Schwarz Willy Angerer
Georg Friedrich Edi Rainer
Erwin Steinhauer Emil Landauer
Petra Morzé Elisabeth Landauer
Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart Hans Schlunegger
Branko Samarovski Albert von Allmen

Technical Credits
Philipp Stölzl Director,Screenwriter
Theo Baltz Co-producer
Kolja Brandt Cinematographer
Sven Budelmann Editor
Alfred Deutsch Production Manager
Heinz Ebner Sound/Sound Designer
Stephan O. Hansch Co-producer
Rupert Henning Screenwriter
Benjamin Herrmann Producer
Gerd Huber Co-producer
Birgit Hutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Christian Kolonovits Score Composer
Thomas Konrad Production Manager
Udo Kramer Production Designer
Kitty Kratschke Makeup
Daniel Krausz Producer
Mischa Krausz Score Composer
Johannes Naber Screenwriter
Connie Sacchi Makeup
Rudolf Santschi Producer
Boris Schonfelder Producer
Christopher Silber Screenwriter
Daniela Skala Makeup
Kurt Stocker Co-producer
Guido Zettier Sound/Sound Designer

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North Face 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SZXT More than 1 year ago
This is one those movies that I'd like to view more than once. It is indeed very intense and it left me full of thought and reflections of many things in life such as love, faith, endurance, passion, and fate. I saw the movie in theater two years ago and it has stayed with me ever since. I decided to own a copy of DVD.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
Far better than movies like Vertical Limit (which was decent), North Face is full of gripping scenes regarding the stunning variety of things that can go wrong during a climbing expedition, including injuries, lack of food/water and resulting lethargy, avalanches, improper tools & equipment, blizzard conditions and brutal cold, etc. I also liked the lead-up to the adventure itself and, while the guys were on the mountain, the occasional return to the girl who enticed them to go and her boss, who cares about the story far more than the men. SPOILER: the final scene on the mountain was riveting - a man so close to being rescued, just a few feet from his friend's grasp, but those few feet might as well have been miles and miles. At the moment I can't think of a better adventure film.
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