“Beyond the Edge” | Story of the 1953 First Ever Summit of Mount Everest

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In the beginning of the year 1953 the score on Mount Everest was 13 deaths, 0 summits.  It was still very unknown if the summit of Mount Everest could be achieved.

New Zealand bee-keeper Edmund Hillary and very experienced Sherpa Tenzig Norgay changed all that on May 29th, 1953.  Against all odds and against ridiculous climactic conditions, they safe reached the summit of 29,028-foot Mount Everest.

This movie is a re-dramatization of the Edmund and Tenzig’s first ascent of Everest.  It premiers on October 24th, 2013 in New Zealand.

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In 1953, the ascent of Everest remained the last of Earth’s great challenges. Standing at over 29,000ft, the world’s highest mountain posed a fearsome challenge and had already claimed thirteen lives in previous expeditions.

Faced with treacherous winds, sub-zero temperatures and battling altitude sickness, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay finally achieved the impossible and became the first men to stand atop Everest. It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era.

Sir Edmund Hillary’s incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time; the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth.

Both a classic triumph of the underdog story and a gripping, cinematic experience, BEYOND THE EDGE is a tale of human endurance, tenacity and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

For the first time ever, and with the support of the Hillary family, Sir Edmund’s story will be brought to life on the big screen, ‘relived’ using both original colour footage and photographs and dramatised recreations of the assault in stunning 3D. – Beyond the Edge

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