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The Alps

Released Mar 30, 2007 44m Documentary List
100% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 74% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
This documentary follows mountain climber John Harlin III as he attempts to scale the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, one of the most dangerous climbs in the world. Harlin feels compelled to complete the journey because his father died making the same trip. As Harlin plots his trip, he tries to instill in his daughter the same sense of awe towards nature that his father gave him. Once Harlin begins to climb, his family watches his ascent from a distance through a telescope. Read More Read Less

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Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle An eye-popping tribute to the European range that's heaved heavenward since bulging from the Earth eons ago during continental drift. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 5, 2007 Full Review Michael Janusonis Orlando Weekly By focusing on one man, [the flimmakers have] made The Alps a very personal experience. Because of that, the audience can project a personality for the mountain as well, and it's a menacing one. Dec 30, 2017 Full Review Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile A giant screen to tell an intimate yet soaring story Jun 1, 2009 Full Review Louise Keller Urban Cinefile With the majesty of the mountains coupled with an emotional impact as dense as tightly packed snow, The Alps is an awesome experience. Jun 1, 2009 Full Review Jeff Vice Deseret News (Salt Lake City) Even though the film was shot -- and is being shown -- in the 2-D format and not in IMAX's sometimes gimmicky 3-D one, The Alps is still not for those who have a fear of heights. Rated: 3/4 Jun 5, 2008 Full Review Ross Anthony Hollywood Report Card Wonderful cinematography, great music by Queen, pace suffers a bit near the end. Rated: 3/4 Oct 18, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Horrible, uninformative for a documentery and very uninteresting Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member You might've seen the Alps, but not quite like this!! This IMAX documentary - set in the less celebrated, Italian side of Alps - takes you up close with the treacherous ascent to the jagged peaks. While the vistas are absolutely breathtaking...you also find yourself gasping for breath, imagining the vertigo-inducing experience of being up there. Watch it in a dome theatre to change your perspective of adventure, natural beauty and life.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member I love the swiss alps! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Great visuals (per usual from this studio), well-designed animation, and a poignant story. What else do you expect from the greatest IMAX studio of this time? Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Tremendous visuals, a compelling story, and a rocking soundtrack. It only played at the IMAX theater for a short time, but the DVD comes out in January! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member You'll want to catch this visually-stunning film in IMAX, which is the format it was filmed for. Story is interesting, too. We saw its Canadian premier (being a travel writer never hurts), and the lead guy was there. Wow. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis This documentary follows mountain climber John Harlin III as he attempts to scale the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, one of the most dangerous climbs in the world. Harlin feels compelled to complete the journey because his father died making the same trip. As Harlin plots his trip, he tries to instill in his daughter the same sense of awe towards nature that his father gave him. Once Harlin begins to climb, his family watches his ascent from a distance through a telescope.
Director
Stephen Judson
Producer
Greg MacGillivray, Mark Krenzien
Screenwriter
Stephen Judson, Stephen Venables
Distributor
MacGillivray Freeman Films
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 30, 2007, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 14, 2008
Runtime
44m
Aspect Ratio
IMAX (1.43:1)