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 adventure lives again. The expedition was led by renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, whose life became inextricably linked with Mallory s after he found Mallory s body on Everest in 1999. Using replica 1920s-era clothing and equipment, Anker sets out to solve the great mystery of whether Mallory succeeded in summiting Everest before he died he was last seen just 800 feet from the summit before the clouds closed in and he disappeared into legend. The most heartbreaking clue: All of Mallory s belongings were found intact on his body, except the photograph of his beloved Ruth, which he promised to leave at the top of the world if he succeeded. -- (C) National Geographic
PG (for thematic elements involving hardships of climbing, and some historical smoking images)
Documentary , Special Interest
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Liam Neeson
as Narrator
Natasha Richardson
as Voice of Ruth Mallory
Ralph Fiennes
as George Mallory
Ruth Mallory
as Natasha Richardson
Alan Rickman
as Noel Odell
Hugh Dancy
as Sandy Irvine
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Critic Reviews for The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (14)

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Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Boston Globe
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An unabashedly romanticized docudrama.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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In tandem with this bang-up adventure runs Mallory's fascinating life story.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
Chicago Reader
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Anker's story is remarkable.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's all a bit hokey, though the mountaineering footage is often spectacular.

Full Review… | August 13, 2010
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

August 6, 2010
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest


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!

Paul Atkinson
Paul Atkinson

Interesting, but overwrought...with terribly melodramatic music. Also, the modern day guy isn't very likable.

Hank Morgan
Hank Morgan

"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

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