In 1985, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, young and skilled climbers, set out to climb the west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes, a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. Disaster strikes when Joe falls a short distance and breaks several bones in his leg. With no hope of rescue, the men decided to attempt the descent together with Yates lowering Simpson 300 feet at a time in a slow, painful process that could have potentially been deadly for both. When Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, and certain they were about to be jointly pulled to their deaths, Yates makes the decision to cut the rope and let his friend fall. An unforgettable experience directed by Kevin Macdonald (Oscar-winner One Day In September).

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Ratings and Reviews

94% TOMATOMETER

  • Average 8.1/10
  • Fresh 130
  • Rotten 9

Critics Consensus: Gripping even though the outcome is known.

16+ COMMON SENSE

Excruciatingly tense story of a terrible accident.

Cast & Crew

Cast
Joe Simpson
Simon Yates
Director
Kevin MacDonald
Producers
John Smithson
Screenwriter
Joe Simpson

Information

Studio
IFC Films
Genre
Documentary
Released
Copyright
© FilmFour Limited and Film Council MMIII

Languages

Primary
English (United Kingdom) (Stereo)
Additional
English (United States)

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