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Everest (1998) What the large-format IMAX screen was made for: a breathtaking climb to the top of Mount Everest that reveals the world's highest mountain in all… R Unrated Documentary Liam Neeson Beck Weathers
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Everest (1998)

MPAA Rating: R, Unrated

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Details Rateds: R, Unrated; Genre: Documentary; With: Liam Neeson and Beck Weathers

What the large-format IMAX screen was made for: a breathtaking climb to the top of Mount Everest that reveals the world's highest mountain in all of its awesome, perilous grandeur. Intrepid mountaineer/cinematographer David Breashears followed a handsome, expert team, which included Jamling Tenzing Norgay, whose father made the first successful ascent with Sir Edmund Hillary, and charismatic young Araceli Segarra, the first Spanish woman to hit the peak. Had Everest, a dazzling, sparely narrated 2-D film been merely about them (and about the extraordinary logistics of shooting under such daunting conditions), it would have been drama enough. But the team's successful ascent, in May 1996, coincided with the mountain's freshest tragedy -- a doomed assault that (as Jon Krakauer reported so movingly in Into Thin Air) left eight dead. Thrown into the crisis (the crew assisted in the rescue of one near-dead climber), haunted by worry and sadness, the IMAX expedition took on added emotional depth. By awful chance, Everest retains an echo of grief that gives its beauty added resonance. A

Originally posted Mar 13, 1998 Published in issue #422 Mar 13, 1998 Order article reprints