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Vertical Limit

Vertical Limit

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Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Chris O'Donnell, Bill Paxton, Robin Tunney


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Family differences and personal grudges add drama to an already tense situation as the lives of a team of mountain climbers hang in the balance in this action drama. Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell) and his sister Annie (Robin Tunney) are the children of Royce Garrett (Stuart Wilson), an avid outdoorsman and climbing enthusiast who died when an accident left all three


Family differences and personal grudges add drama to an already tense situation as the lives of a team of mountain climbers hang in the balance in this action drama. Peter Garrett (Chris O'Donnell) and his sister Annie (Robin Tunney) are the children of Royce Garrett (Stuart Wilson), an avid outdoorsman and climbing enthusiast who died when an accident left all three hanging from a single rope; Royce ordered Peter to cut him loose to save the lives of his kids, even though he knew it would mean his death. Years later, Peter has given up climbing and become a respected nature photographer, while Annie, who holds Peter responsible for her father's death, is a famous world-class mountain climber who is hired by Elliot Vaughn (Bill Paxton), a self-made billionaire, to help him scale K2, a mountain in the Himalayas that's the second-highest peak in the world. In the midst of the climb, dangerous weather strikes, and Elliot, Annie, and their crew find themselves trapped in a cavern that's been sealed tight by an avalanche. Peter, who is near K2 working on an assignment, quickly organizes a crew of expert climbers to save Annie and the other mountaineers, who must work under a tight deadline before the trapped climbers run out of air. Peter's partners in the rescue include beautiful medic Monique (Izabella Scorupco), radical climbers Cyril (Steve Le Marquand) and Malcolm (Ben Mendelsohn), disciplined Pakistani crewman Kareem (Alexander Siddig), and Montgomery (Scott Glenn), an eccentric outdoorsman who has a score to settle with Elliot. While backgrounds were shot on location in Pakistan, most of the climbing sequences in Vertical Limit were actually filmed on mountain ranges in New Zealand.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
When you’re climbing the world’s most dangerous mountain, attempting to reach the Vertical Limit, those goosebumps you feel aren’t just due to the cold. That’s the lesson learned by thrill-seeking tycoon Bill Paxton, who hires young but experienced climber Robin Tunney to guide his party to the nearly unreachable, snow-packed summit of "K2." Paxton’s recklessness first endangers and eventually strands the group, forcing Tunney’s brother, Chris O’Donnell, and grizzled mountain man Scott Glenn to attempt a perilous rescue. The characters in this picturesque, gripping adventure are easily recognizable types, but director Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro) elicits nuanced performances which make them seem relatively fresh. Glenn rates kudos for his clever underplaying of the taciturn veteran whose participation in the rescue mission conceals a secret agenda, and Paxton shows range as the initially personable industrialist who gradually succumbs to base instincts after being trapped in an icy crevasse. Breathtaking locations, nimble camerawork, and daredevil stuntwork combine to make Vertical Limit an enormously satisfying action flick. The DVD features commentaries by Campbell and co-producer Lloyd Philips, along with an HBO First Look featurette, production notes, and a look at similar search-and-rescue operations.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Following the great visual successes of GoldenEye (1995) and The Mask of Zorro (1998), director Martin Campbell continues honing his reputation as a creator of smart thrillers with this exciting, fast-paced action-drama set in the Himalayas. If the script at times strains credulity with stock supporting characters such as those played by Bill Paxton and Scott Glenn, it also maintains a taut, suspenseful framework for Campbell's ingeniously mounted action scenes. The screenplay by Terry Hayes and Robert King also keeps the tension high by zipping along at a brisk clip, never allowing the audience too much time to consider how outrageous the entire enterprise truly is, which is the mark of a superb "B" picture. The cast, led by Chris O'Donnell and Robin Tunney, is uniformly fine, with Alexander Siddig a particular standout in a small role as a rescuer bent on saving his cousin. However, the real star of Vertical Limit is its director, as Campbell once again displays a high degree of capability with sprawling action material, putting previous mountain-climbing flicks such as Cliffhanger (1993) to shame.
Washington Post
Possibly the most suspense-charged mountain-climbing movie ever made. Desson Howe

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Special Features

Commentary by director Martin Campbell and producer Lloyd Phillips; As easy as falling off a cliff; Avalanche!; Peak performers; The death zone; Vertigo magic; HBO special "Surviving the Limt"; The elixer of life

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris O'Donnell Peter Garrett
Bill Paxton Elliot Vaughn
Robin Tunney Annie Garrett
Scott Glenn Montgomery Wick
Izabella Scorupco Monique Aubertine
Temuera Morrison Major Rasul
Stuart Wilson Royce Garrett
Nicholas Lea Tom McLaren
Alexander Siddig Kareem
Robert Taylor Skip Taylor
Roshan Seth Colonel Amir Salem
David Hayman Frank "Chainsaw" Williams
Ben Mendelsohn Malcolm Bench
Steve LeMarquand Cyril Bench
Clinton Beavan WNN Cameraman
Dave Bergman Climbing Doubles
Karl Boomsma Climbing Doubles
Alistar Bronins Ali
Rod Brown Ali Hasan
Graham Charles Climbing Doubles
Campbell Cooley Campbell
Gavin Craig Summit Air Pilots
Jo Davidson Italian Team Member
Augie Davis Aziz
Patricia Deavoll Climbing Doubles
Tiffany DeCastro Crying Woman
Aaron Halstead Climbing Doubles
Sally Spencer Harris Party Goers
Bruce Hasler Climbing Doubles
Bruce Kingan Rasul Flying Double
Robert Mammone Brian Maki
Bryan Moore Climbing Doubles
Leela Patel Mayama Wick
Tamati Rice Party Goers
Leos Stransky Grunge Climbers
Tom Struthers Grunge Climbers
Alejandro Valdes-Rochin Sergeant Asim
Ed Viesters Ed Viesturs
Kat West Climbing Doubles
Nicole Whippy Spanish Climber
Craig Walsh Wrightson Party Goers
Shahid Zafar Prayer Leader
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Martin Campbell Director,Producer
Andrea Adams Animator
Alistair Anderson Special Effects
Lynn Barber Makeup
Nick Bassett Art Director
David Brighton Special Effects
Jon Bunker Production Designer
Gareth Clarke Special Effects
Peter Cleveland Special Effects
Tim Coddington Production Manager
Neil Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Jill Cormack Art Director
David Cronnelly Stunts
Paul Crowe Special Effects
David G. Crownshaw Special Effects
Kathleen Cusack Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Davis Stunts
Brad Dechter Musical Arrangement
Jabin Dickins Special Effects
Pam Dixon Casting
Paul Dunn Special Effects
Sandy East Stunts
Wade Eastwood Stunts
Jamie Edgell Stunts
Ray Ferguson Special Effects
Wayne Flockton Special Effects
Nikki Gooley Makeup
Peter Haran Special Effects
Dave Hardberger Cinematographer
Ryan Hartnett Special Effects
Terry Hayes Screenwriter
Camille Henderson Makeup
Mark Franklin Henson Stunts
Lindsay Herlinger Stunts
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Tim Howell Special Effects
Sherry Hubbard Makeup
Peter Jahnsen Special Effects
Mike Kerby Special Effects
Robert King Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Nancy King Production Manager
Michael Krehl Makeup
Steve Kroschel Camera Operator
Amy Reid Lescoe Associate Producer
Dean Lockwood Special Effects Supervisor
Catherine Madigan Production Manager
John Maine Special Effects
Tony Marsh Stunts
Graciela Mazon Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter McCaffrey Camera Operator
Jason McCameron Special Effects
Joe McCloskey Costumes/Costume Designer
Jo McLaren Stunts
Martin McLaughlin Special Effects
Mark Meddings Special Effects
Marcia Nasatir Executive Producer
Thom Noble Editor
Philip A. Patterson Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Lloyd Phillips Producer
Roger J. Porteous Special Effects
Simon Quinn Special Effects
Mark Robson Special Effects
Kevin Rogan Special Effects
Mark Rogan Special Effects
Diana Rowan Casting
Shuan Rutter Special Effects
Brooke Sandahl Stunts
Stephen Shelley Special Effects
Kim Sinclair Art Director
Gerard Slaven Special Effects
Mark Spevick Animator
Paul Stevenson Special Effects
Sheree Swords Stunts
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Ivan Taylor Special Effects
Hamish Revell Thompson Special Effects
Colin Umpelby Special Effects
Gerry Vasbenter Camera Operator
Anne Marie Walters Special Effects
Steven Warner Special Effects
Peter White Special Effects
Barry Whitrod Special Effects
Andy Wilson Camera Operator
Alan Young Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Vertical Limit
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16


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Vertical Limit 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great movie. It was sad at times, but i really enjoyed it. I woul reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie for those who like action-packed films. Chris O'Donnell and Bill Paxton are awesome in this mountain-rescue film. If you liked ''Cliffhanger'', then this is a must-see for you!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Vertical Limit because it was packed with three things I look for in a movie : comedy, thrills, and surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago