Starring: Benno Fürmann, Johanna
Wokalek, Florian Lukas, Simon
Schwarz, Georg Friedrich, and
Audience: Older children to adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 121 minutes
Distributor: Music Box Films
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Boris Schoenfelder, Danny
Krausz, Rudolph Santschi, and
Writer: Philipp Stölzl, Christoph
Silber, Rupert Henning, and
Address Comments To:William Schopf, Principal
Music Box Films
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Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 492-9364
The movie’s opening sets the stage, showing the Nazi Party urging German Alpinists to be the first to climb the unconquered north face of the Eiger. The north face is so dangerous and has claimed so many lives that people call it The Ogre rather than the Eiger.
Two German climbers, Toni and Andi, run into Luise, the early love of Toni. Luise is a budding young reporter in Berlin. Looking to impress her older boss, Luise helps convince them, especially a reluctant Toni, to make the climb.
While groups of mountain climbers from other countries sleep, Tony and Andi start off in the dead of night, followed by two Austrian climbers. All goes well at first, but then a vicious snowstorm causes the climbers to lose their advantage over the mountain. A race against time and nature ensues.
NORTH FACE is a moral tale of courage in the face of great physical challenges. The mountain climbing sequences are stunning, especially as the tension mounts.
In the end, Luise’s headline-hunting boss reveals his callousness. In his mind, only a successful climb or tragic failure and death, not a valiant rescue, will make for better headlines. Luise eventually puts him in his place, however, as she tries to help her friends. There is also a scene where the Lord’s Prayer is read over a fallen comrade. The movie has a few obscenities, however, so caution for younger children is required.
NORTH FACE is a moral tale of courage in the face of great physical challenges. The mountain climbing sequences are stunning, especially as the tension mounts. As Luise tries to help her stranded friends, she eventually must put her callous boss in his place. NORTH FACE contains a scene where the Lord’s Prayer is read over a fallen comrade. It has a few obscenities, however, so caution for younger children is required.