The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest
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In 1999, renowned American mountaineer Conrad Anker made a discovery that reverberated around the globe. High in Mount Everest's "death zone," he found the body of George Mallory - 75 years after the British explorer mysteriously vanished during his attempt to become the first man to summit the world's tallest peak.
Mallory had risked everything as he set out, dressed in gabardine and hobnailed boots, in pursuit of his dream of reaching the top of Everest - which in 1924 was the last great adventure left to man. He was last spotted alive just 800 feet below the summit. Then the clouds rolled in and Mallory vanished into legend.
After discovering Mallory's body, Conrad Anker's life became intertwined with Mallory's story. Remarkably, Mallory's body was found with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of his wife, Ruth, which Mallory had promised to place on the summit. Haunted by Mallory's story, Conrad longed to return to Everest to lay Mallory's ghost to rest.
BONUS FEATURES INCLUDE Behind the Scenes Raw Interviews, International Trailers, Original Notes from Mallory's Expedition Team Member, Noel Odell, and more.
"An Everest Thrill Ride!" --Reuters
"The movie excels in its nuanced depiction of Mallory through interviews, archival footage and letters... a fascinating insight into Mallory's character and fateful choices. Spectacular mountaintop panoramas... heart-palpitation-inducing vistas at 29,000 feet, imposing walls of ice and potentially deadly climbs." --The Washington Post
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The North and South Poles had been conquered of recent, but this "third pole" remained defiantly aloof and yet beckoning and apparently invincible, its peak surrounded by a "death zone." Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine were last seen only 800 feet below the summit when they disappeared in the clouds.
Cut to 1999, Mt. Everest 75 years later. Renowned American climber Conrad Anker makes a discovery that becomes a global news event: he finds the body of George Mallory.
This astonishing and dangerous to make documentary, directed by Anthony Geffen, weaves Anker's story with Mallory's. Breathtaking images high on Everest and at the summit show Anker and his partner as they attempt to recreate Mallory's climb using the same clothing, equipment and route. Rare historical footage of Mallory's actual expedition is beautifully integrated with the jaw-dropping new footage.
The story is greatly enhanced with words from Mallory's letters and those of his wife Ruth as read by Liam Neeson and his late wife Natasha Richardson. Other fine voices are from Ralph Feinnes, Hugh Dancy and Alan Rickman.
Mallory planned to leave a photo of his wife at the summit and the only thing missing from his personal effects when his frozen body was found in the "death zone" was a photo of Ruth. Anker's left a copy of her portrait on the peak.Read more ›
Looking at Mallory's frozen corpse, still reposing on those frozen slopes, brought me closer to him than did any of my earlier research into his life. And watching the modern day climb, to the top of the world, gave stark evidence of the difficulties that Mallory, and others of his day, faced.
Did he reach the top? The question may never be answered. For me, the absence of the photograph is compelling proof that he did.
I like to believe that he reached the summit.
Using archival footage and photographs, letters between Mallory and his wife Ruth, and interviews with Mallory's granddaughter and Irvine's great niece, the film traces Mallory's life and his role in the British Everest expeditions of 1921 and 1922, as well as the fatal 1924 expedition. Combined with this is the story of Anker's 2007 attempt to repeat Mallory's final climb. As Mallory had selected the athletic, but inexperienced Irvine as his climbing partner, Anker chose the similarly athletic but inexperienced Leo Houlding to accompany him. Of course, Anker enjoyed many advantages that history denied to Mallory. Nonetheless, during his attempt to climb the Second Step (one of three large rock outcroppings) along Mount Everest's Northeast Ridge, Anker slipped. Thus, in a film about how Mallory and Irvine fell to their deaths, we come chillingly close to seeing Anker and Houlding fall to their deaths.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great film. Good review of Mallory attempt to climb Everest. Impressive recreation of the 2nd Hillary step without fixed ropes and ladders.Published 21 days ago by philip p metzger
Fantastic and exciting to see Mallory's body found after all these years.Published 1 month ago by Linda Duttweiler
The movie was very informative but a little slow moving. If you're looking for excitement, this is not for you.Published 3 months ago by D. Libby
This was billed as a drama based on a true story. The first 40 minutes, (all I could watch) was a documentary with no sign of Liam Neeson. I should have asked for a refund!Published 4 months ago by Chris McCorkindale