Touching The Void

Touching The Void

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Average of 2017 ratings: 3.8 Stars

2003 M Contains offensive language.

The closer you are to death. The more you realize you are alive.

Joe Simpson and Simon Yates set out to climb the west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. It was 1985 and the men were young, fit, skilled climbers. The west face, remote and treacherous, had not been climbed before. Following a successful three-and-a-half-day ascent, disaster struck. Simpson fell a short distance and broke several bones in his leg. With no hope of rescue, the men decided to attempt descent together with Yates lowering Simpson 300 feet at a time in a slow, painful process that could have potentially been deadly for both. One further misstep led to Yates unknowingly lowering his injured partner over the lip of a crevasse. With the gradient having gone from steep to vertical, he was no longer able to hold on. Certain they were about to be pulled jointly to their deaths, the only choice was to cut the rope. How Simpson survived the fall, and made it back to base camp is a story that will astound and inspire. In Touching the Void, Yates and Simpson return to the Siula Grande for the first time to retell their story.

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106 minutes
21st Century Pictures

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16:9 Widescreen
English Dolby Digital 5.1

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4 by Cliff9

Awesome moving movie on the power of the human spirit and the ability to survive against all odds. All the more remarkable that it was based on a true story. Well worth watching - very motivating and puts your own struggles in perspective.

4 by treefella1

Nothing flashy, just a well told harrowing story which makes compulsive viewing. I ended up both disliking and admiring Joe. P.S. If you don't want your kids to be mountain climbers show them this film!

4 by diskteacher

Two guys climb a mountain. One comes down. The other has died in a tragic fall. End of story. And a good film. But a better film would be if the other guy didn't really die but somehow survived without... Read more

5 by dean.kerry

It's the pure story that gives this documentary its power. But the special features take this dvd to a higher level. The drama of the feature is tempered by the personalities that emerge as the 'behind... Read more

4 by Sophia-Colin

A documentary with the real participants narrating and actors re-constructing the action. It kept my attention all the way through and doesn't have the hollywood hype and dwelling on unnecessary emotional... Read more

4 by jillsim

Enjoyed this movie/documentary. Incredible story of survival I believe the book is even more riveting What people do for fun is unbeleivable .

4 by NessaC

I didn't think I would really enjoy this documentary style movie, but it surprised me. The story is amazing and well told.

3 by Granny Fay

Gripping story well told. Entertaining for those with a love of the outdoors.

5 by mac

A powerful documentary/drama re-enacting a fateful climb in the Andes by two British climbers. An incredible, emotive story - riveting viewing.

4 by Simone8

Gripping documentary style movie about the real life climbing experience of 2 young and fairly inexperienced climbers in their bid to conquer unchartered territories. Even if you're not into climbing... Read more