Film / Everest

Everest is a 1998 theatrically released IMAX documentary, directed by David Breashears, Stephen Judson and Greg MacGillivray. Narrated by Liam Neeson. It depicted the real life faced by mountain climbers when climbing the eponymous Mount Everest, on the borders of Nepal and the People's Republic of China.

Besides the expected depictions of mountain climbing and avalanches, the film crew was on ground for the May 10, 1996, Everest disaster. Eight people were killed during summit attempts and others were trapped in a blizzard. Since the film managed to record at least part of the events, it became historically significant on its own.

In 2015 a film with the same name dramatizing the same events came out.

This film features examples of:

  • Documentary: For obvious reasons.
  • Multinational Team: The climbers of the IMAX expedition include Brits, Americans, Nepalese, a German, a Catalan/Spanish woman, and a woman from Japan. The tie-in book lampshades this by describing how a customs official was surprised by the stack of different-looking passports they handed him.
  • The Place
  • Scaling the Summit: The entire purpose of coming to Everest.
  • Snowed-In: The problem faced by the unfortunate climbers.