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The well-known climber Ed Viesturs plays himself in the movie. He also worked as a trainer for the actors.
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The actors and actresses performed many of their own stunts.
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While the actual twenty-eight thousand foot K2 is in the Karakoram Range in Pakistan, Mt. Cook in New Zealand served as the backdrop for all scenes involving the famous peak.
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Montgomery Wick's name is an obvious reference to Thomas Montgomerie and Jim Wickwire. Montgomerie discovered K2, and Jim Wickwire was the first American to climb K2. Wickwire also lost several toes on the mountain, similar to the character Montgomery Wick.
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The script was originally meant to be a sequel to Cliffhanger (1993).
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The toeless feet of character "Montgomery Wick" seen at the beginning of the film actually belong to mountaineer Mark Whetu, who lost his toes while spending a night outdoors above twenty-eight thousand feet during a 1994 attempt on Everest.
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The first time Director Martin Campbell has filmed anything in his home country of New Zealand.
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The Bench brothers were based on the Burgess twins, Alan and Adrian, who are two climbers from Yorkshire, England.
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K2 is the second highest mountain in the world, after Mount Everest, at 8,611 meters (28,251 feet) above sea level.
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Director Martin Campbell's third collaboration with Stuart Wilson, with whom he had previously worked on No Escape (1994) and The Mask of Zorro (1998) and Campbell's second collaboration with Izabella Scorupco, with whom he worked on GoldenEye (1995).
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Two characters in the movie, Tom McLaren and Frank Williams, are named after successful Formula One (auto-racing) teams. The latter even has the same name as the team manager.
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Four years earlier in 1996, the character, Ed Viesteur - i.e. himself - had, in real life, rescued a storm stranded wealthy American amateur Everest climber: further above - considered too far - another climber (Rob Hall) with also another amateur payer, perished.
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The three helicopter seen in this movie are: 1. Army helicopter is a Bell UH-1 Twin Huey (2 engines). Maximum service ceiling 17,300 feet. The two Majestic helicopters are 1. Eurocopter EC145 (now known as the Airbus H145). Maximum service ceiling 17,200 feet and 2. Eurocopter EC135 (now known as the Airbus H135). Maximum service ceiling 20,000 feet. The EC135 would have been better suited for the rescue mission.
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This film is a loose remake of The Wages of Fear (1953) and Sorcerer (1977).
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Chris O'Donnell, Ben Mendelsohn and Temuera Morrison have appeared in separate DC comic book movies; O'Donnell portrayed Robin in Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, Mendelsohn portrayed Roland Daggett in The Dark Knight Rises and Morrison portrayed Tom Curry in Aquaman and also Abin Sur in Green Lantern, which was also directed by Martin Campbell.
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Ben Daniels was offered a role, but turned it down.
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Chris O'Donnell, Ben Mendelsohn and Temuera Morrison have appeared in separate DC comic book movies; O'Donnell portrayed Robin in Batman Forever and Batman and Robin, Mendelsohn portrayed Roland Daggett in The Dark Knight Rises and Morrison portrayed Tom Curry in Aquaman and also Abin Sur in Green Lantern.
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