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The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest

bigImage Eighty-five years after George Mallory's final attempt to summit Mount Everest, THE WILDEST DREAM explores Mallory's obsession with becoming the first person to reach the highest place on Earth. Told through the explorer's poignant and evocative letters to his wife, Ruth, previously unseen photos and film archive from 1924 (restored from the original nitrate especially for the film), dramatization and a modern-day expedition retracing the original route taken in 1924, Mallory's incredible adventure lives again. The expedition was led by renowned mountaineer Conrad Anker, whose life became inextricably linked with Mallory's after he found Mallory's body on Everest in 1999. Using replica 1920s-era clothing and equipment, Anker sets out to solve the great mystery of whether Mallory succeeded in summiting Everest before he died -- he was last seen just 800 feet from the summit before the clouds closed in and he disappeared into legend. The most heartbreaking clue: All of Mallory's belongings were found intact on his body, except the photograph of his beloved Ruth, which he promised to leave at the top of the world if he succeeded.

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National Geographic Entertainment presents "The Wildest Dream," an Altitude Films production with Atlantic Productions. Directed by Anthony Geffen. Produced by Anthony Geffen and Claudia Perkings. Executive Producer: Mike Medavoy. Editor: Peter Miller. Edit Producer/Writer: Mark Halliley. Directors of Photography: Ken Sauls and Chris Openshaw. Composer: Joel Douek. Music recorded with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Narrated by Lian Neeson. Featuring the voices of Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Hugh Dancy, and Alan Rickman.

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BMZ Reviews:

Following the Footsteps of Mallory and Irving By Ross Anthony

The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest By Ann Coates

Outside Reviews:

"'The Wildest Dream'" By Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

"Outdoor film review: "The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest"" By Jared Hargrave, Utah Outside

"The Wildest Dream: The Conquest of Everest" By Andrew Barker, Variety

"'The Wildest Dream' follows George Mallory's footsteps on Everest" By Steve Salles, Standard-Examiner

"The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest" By Anna Smith, Empire

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Rating: Excellent
Posted by: avatarsjc
Before this movie, I thought Sir Edmund Hillary was the first to reach the top of Everest. But in 1924, George Mallory was seen a few hundred feet below the peak, then clouds obscured the view. They said he couldn't have made it to the top because ... Read More >>

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