The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest (2010)



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Eighty-five years after George Mallory s final attempt to summit Mount Everest, The Wildest Dream explores Mallory s obsession with becoming the first person to reach the highest place on Earth. Told through the explorer s poignant and evocative letters to his wife, Ruth, previously unseen photos and film archive from 1924 (restored from the original nitrate especially for the film), dramatization and a modern-day expedition retracing the original route taken in 1924, Mallory s incredible … More

Rating: PG (for thematic elements involving hardships of climbing, and some historical smoking images)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Mark Halliley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2011
Box Office: $0.9M
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as Narrator

as Voice of Ruth Mallor...

as George Mallory

as Natasha Richardson

as Noel Odell

as Sandy Irvine
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Critic Reviews for The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

An unabashedly romanticized docudrama.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

In tandem with this bang-up adventure runs Mallory's fascinating life story.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Anker's story is remarkable.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

It's all a bit hokey, though the mountaineering footage is often spectacular.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

You may not believe it's possible to bore people to death with a film about risking your life, but The Wildest Dream comes shockingly close.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
New York Times
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The movie excels not in the plentiful shots of Everest's majesty, but in its nuanced depiction of Mallory through interviews, archival footage and letters.

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest

"Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?"
"Because it's there".....haunting and inspiring, i wish he did conquer the Everest in 1924.

Sundeep Bhat
Sundeep Bhat

Super Reviewer

A really interesting story (both past and present) and amazing footage of a place that most of us will never go.

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer


pretty cool movie.. some parts were a little slow.. instead of all the mt everest history i would of rather seen more of the HD fantastic climbing and everest scenery. it had some interesting information on george mallory though. some of the scenes were absolutely amazing, it was an inspiring movie would of been even better without the facts most commonly known.... well worth watching!

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