Beyond the Edge (2014)



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In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of earth's great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world's highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions. Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Edmund Hillary, a modest bee-keeper and keen mountaineer from Auckland, New Zealand, and the very experienced Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, of Nepal,finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. Hillary and Tenzing carried the hopes and dreams of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the people of the Himalayas and the entire British Empire on their shoulders. As the world slowly recovered from the horrors of World War II their efforts allowed people everywhere to believe a new age was dawning. For the first time, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund's story is brought to life on the big screen, 'relived' using both original footage, photographs and newsreels as well as dramatized reconstructions of the ascent in 3D.(C) IFC Films
Action & Adventure , Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Sports & Fitness
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Chad Moffitt
as Sir Edmund Hillary
Sonam P. Sherpa
as Tenzing Norgay
John Wraight
as John Hunt
Joshua Rutter
as George Lowe
Dan Musgrove
as Tom Bourdillon
Erroll Shand
as Charles Evans
Phurenje Tshering
as Ang Nyima
Calum Grant
as Alfred Gregory
Matthew Metcalfe
as Wilfred Noyce
Dawa Sherpa
as Sherpa 1
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Critic Reviews for Beyond the Edge

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

It's all rendered in 3D, with the archival footage reformatted; you'll feel the Everest chill and gape at the astonishing vistas.

July 10, 2014
Seattle Times
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Recalled in the somewhat breathless History Channel-style voice-overs of the participants and their families, the journey was a triumph of guts, perseverance, endurance, ingenuity and teamwork.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
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This absorbing account of the first recorded summit of the world's highest mountain is a rare documentary for which re-enactments make complete sense.

Full Review… | July 3, 2014
New York Times
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Though impressively shot, the doc is a weak advertisement for 3-D.

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
New York Daily News
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Like a mountaineer grappling on sheet ice, the film's focus on performance can result in a loss of footing.

Full Review… | July 2, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

The recreations are excellent, right down the props, visual effects and costumes, unlike a great deal of History Channel documentaries.

Full Review… | June 23, 2016
The Film Stage

Audience Reviews for Beyond the Edge

An inspirational and often awe inspiring look at the British expedition in 1953 to conquer Mount Everest. Showing the true courage and bravery of those who tried and the sheer relentlessness of Everest itself. A great story of the power of the human spirit and of endurance.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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