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R| 1 hr. 47 min.

Plot Summary
In 1985, two young climbers, Joe Simpson (Brendan Mackey) and Simon Yates (Nicholas Aaron), set out to be the first to reach the summit of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. They succeed, and the two embark on the treacherous descent down the mountain -- only to meet with disaster when Simpson breaks his leg in a fall, leaving Yates to lower him the rest of the way with ropes. When a storm threatens both their lives, Yates must decide whether to cut the rope and risk Simpson's likely death.

Cast: Brendan Mackey , Nicholas Aaron , Richard Hawking ,

Director: Kevin Macdonald

Genres: Adventure, Drama

Distributor: IFC Films

Touching the Void (2003)

Release Date: January 23rd, 2004|1 hr. 47 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Real acting replaces re-enacting, and amazing cinematography pits the limits of human will against the unruliness of nature. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    An absolutely thrilling recreation, in documentary style, of a now-legendary story. show more

  • 88
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Touching the Void is, indeed, about living, but not the exhilarating kind. It's about survival -- raw, real, by force of will. show more

  • August 17, 2010 Healeypfm
    Report This User

    It seemed as if you were watching film of the climb and Simpson miraculous descent of the mountain after his fall. The climbing part is stunning in its difficulty and realness. Fantastic movie.

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