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The Dawn Wall

The Dawn Wall is a movie starring John Branch, Tommy Caldwell, and Kevin Jorgeson. In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn...

Other Titles
Durch die Wand, Dawn Wall: Wspinaczka po rekord
Running Time
1 hours 40 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, Sport, Biography
Director
Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
Actors
John Branch, Kevin Jorgeson, Tommy Caldwell
Country
Austria, USA
Year
2017
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

In an unbelievable story of perseverance, free climber Tommy Caldwell and climbing partner Kevin Jorgeson attempt to scale the impossible 3000ft Dawn Wall of El Capitan.

Comments about documentary «The Dawn Wall» (23)

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Phillip Chavez

I don't know why so many people don't like this film. It's really funny, refreshing and quite relatable. At first, I didn't really like the plot. I think it was too black and white. But it's all changed after viewing the film. The different reactions the characters have to the sights and sounds and experiences that they are thrown into are fascinating. It's not like the film is trying to be all things to all people. It's a simple yet very honest film that shows you that even in a sporting arena there is some bad things in life. It's also something that can be turned around. If you want to be exposed to a story of life on the wall in general, this is the film to watch. I would definitely recommend it. The real life events shown in the film are all true, as well as the real life people involved in the filming. It's a well done documentary and it should be seen by all.

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Jesse F.

If you enjoy driving, skateboarding, or just about anything else related to sports, you'll enjoy this film. The documentary is not an expert or anything but it's pretty informative, which is more than you can say for a lot of movies. The protagonist of the film, James Keach, who was a good skater, makes some great points about the sport and it's importance in our lives. One thing that I really liked about the documentary is that it doesn't make the sport into a popular thing. The documentary is definitely a movie that you have to watch twice to understand the point.

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Hannah Valdez

This movie is very interesting. It shows that one man can change the world. Not only that, but the movie shows that it is possible. It shows the obstacles that people have to overcome in order to succeed and live a normal life. We can't change the world and that's why it is important to change yourself. The camera work is superb and the story is fascinating. It is a must see!

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Alice H.

The movie was nice enough, but some scenes were too fast. I think the director was too quick to wrap up the story. There were too many technical mistakes. I was disappointed in the story that the story was not good, maybe I would have liked a little bit more.I do not see a super hero as a positive or a negative. You can see the same way in the movie, people can be a hero, bad guy, or not a hero. I think they should give us a little more of the positive side. But we are not going to see a super hero without a villain. You want to see a hero, go and see Superman. I do not like the movie but I am glad that I did not pay to see this. It is good to see the actual history of the movie, that's why I decided to go and see it. You do not see a super hero without a villain. You know what I am saying?

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Eric H.

I saw this at a screening in New York City a few years ago. It was billed as a documentary on the 50th anniversary of the rock climb, and I must admit I was intrigued by the trailer and the title. It didn't take long for me to decide I didn't care what happened on the rock, and that it was just another story about someone's journey to fame and fortune. It is true that the climb itself was a little over-the-top, and that some of the rock climbing looked pretty easy. I couldn't imagine how the long slog from Alaska to Mexico City would be. But the idea that the climb was somehow important and that there are a lot of big names in the climbing community was intriguing. To watch the stars in the film speak of how they had to sacrifice their health, their friendship, their integrity, their family life, and their well-being for the fame and fortune of the climb, is enough to make any viewer think about the dangers of fame and fortune in life. It is certainly not a film for everyone, but if you are interested in climbing, or about the nature of climbing, then the film is worth seeing. If you don't like climbing, you might want to skip it.

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Diana B.

This is a movie about the best and most remarkable athlete in history and the drama of the time. The movie is a show of love for a champion, admiration and admiration for the great athlete, the resolution of the rift between his family and him, the test of a "man" at the end of his life. I was never a great fan of Manny Pacquiao, he was an overrated, underpaid boxer who was a very weak boxer in boxing. I admired him for his style and for his courage, because he believed in himself and his ability, but I always saw him as a loser. But I didn't expect him to go from a loser to an Olympian in less than a year, which was a really amazing transformation. His career will always be remembered as the one of the great sporting performances, but also as a tremendous personal achievement. Manny Pacquiao is truly one of the best sportspersons of all time and he is a great inspiration to all of us.

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Karen W.

I'm actually surprised that there are so many negative reviews of this documentary. In my opinion, it is a movie that everyone should see. We don't really see very many documentaries that talk about the problems in the world, but this one is different, it really makes you think about our relationship with the rest of the world. A really good movie, really interesting, and I think a must see.

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Howard

On the long list of great Canadian sports documentaries, the real tale of the Olympic dream will be the story of the 1930 Montreal Olympics. But for those who want to know the story of the Olympic dream, a doc of this magnitude is really required. The documentary tells the story of the final year of Olympic games at Montreal, and the players who went to the 1948 Olympic games. In it, the players of the 1939 Montreal Canadiens tell their story from their first day to the last, including their transformation from as a young player, to a great player. The movie also shows the birth of hockey in Montreal, the rising of the Montreal Wanderers, and how the great Montreal Canadiens become the Montreal Wanderers, the team of the Montreal Canadiens. The players tell their stories, and they are all such great characters. I can't say how much this movie should be shown to every kid growing up in Canada. But it is truly worth seeing.

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Thomas L.

In 2005, the world was introduced to the concept of an urban Olympic skateboarding video game. From that point on, the World Championships were held in the style of "Karate Kid". Most people are aware of the fighting, or even the fighting itself. Many, if not most, people know that the American sprinters have a new secret weapon for the competition. At the time of its release, "Perfection" was viewed by many as the next big video game sensation. At the end of the day, it was an enjoyable film to watch. I would be remiss to ignore the first half of this documentary. This is a great film for anyone who has an interest in skateboarding and its various styles. If you are a skateboarder, this is a must watch. I saw this film when I was 13 years old, and since then, I have viewed it at least a dozen times. Now, it is a rare film to find on video. I would love to see it on DVD or cable. Great film. 9/10

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Paul

I'm not really a wrestler, but the movie is pretty good. The making of the movie is amazing. I think it is very informative and interesting. The documentary is a must see for everyone.

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Laura

I'm not a big fan of Alejandro Amenabar, but I really did enjoy this documentary. It was almost too poetic. I think there was a lot of artistic license in the filmmaking. However, I think that's what made it interesting and workable. It wasn't too heavy, and I didn't feel I was wasting my time. It gave me a little insight into the hard work that goes into making a film. I would recommend this documentary to anyone interested in mountain climbing, and also to anyone interested in some real life reality. It definitely needs to be seen.

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Peter

This film was a beautiful thing. It is a wonderful look at the accomplishments of my generation and how that legacy was carried on by my generation. When I was growing up, the word "bumbling" was used quite a bit. In school, we used to call the kids who got beat up by the teachers "Bladders." Today, the word "bumbling" has lost its meaning. The gym teacher at my school (Tom Berenger) did a very good job of portraying the life of a bloke who had lots of self-confidence, and was capable of coming through any tough moment, but was a gentle soul. In the film, we also saw the effect of a culture that was moving in a direction of popularity, with a slow erosion of the value of the traditional community life, of family, and of community, and of the meaning of the time spent in school. The film also showed us how small-town Americans are moving away from the values and beliefs of the community, and the values and beliefs of America. I was humbled by the stories told in this film, and will now be a better person, through exposure to these wonderful people and cultures. Thank you to those who made this film possible. I look forward to seeing the rest of the cast.

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Gary

While some would argue that this documentary is not factually correct, it's better than the 4.4 that I rate it. One of the most dramatic moments in the documentary is when Karolyi was given his prize. He immediately refused to accept the medal as a trophy. The scene where he saw the medal, and the scene where he took it to his manager, are worth seeing. It shows Karolyi as a great man, and a great human being. It is also a beautiful documentary, because it shows you the whole story of Karolyi and the challenge he had. The documentary is worth watching, because it teaches you a great deal. You can learn to enjoy yourself more, and to appreciate yourself more. Just like any other documentary, but this one is a must see.

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Sharon G.

It's amazing how a film like this is still being made today. The story of a man named Tom Shaw who is the first ever to survive the infamous 1971 Shackleton Antarctic Expedition. The film follows his and his fellow members during their daring voyage, where there was extreme danger. The film is a must see for anyone interested in extreme sports or expedition films. There's so many laughs, good actors, interesting details and it gives you a sense of what it was really like. All of the actors give very good performances. Even Steve Sandor, who plays Tom, is able to play a certain character. He gives you a great insight into his character and his character is in many ways more than what you would expect. And then there's a dog, who seems to be the hero of the film. It's a great film, it is a must see for all adventure lovers and the people interested in extreme sports.

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Alexander

I can understand that people want to get rid of some of the more recognizable athletes, such as Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson. But this is more than just an ugly sports report card. It is a story that could have been told, but didn't. I have seen the movie. I enjoyed it. I am a fan of the book. I thought the movie was terrific. The only thing I was worried about was that the narrator would talk about a lot of "what-ifs". All of them were answered in the movie, but I left the theater thinking what-ifs didn't have to be included. I also learned a lot about other sports and their fans. In my opinion, this was one of the best sports documentaries I have seen in recent years. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in sports.

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Lawrence C.

In the lead up to this year's Paris Marathon, I was told that the marathon was going to be in the United States and I've been curious about the race for a while now. After watching the documentary I was astounded by the running abilities of the athletes. The documentary is very well done. A number of the athletes were from Canada, they had made their way over to the U.S. to compete for a chance to participate in the Boston Marathon but unfortunately the U.S. government has not approved the travel of athletes to the United States for the marathon because the Boston Marathon is run by the USOC which is headed by the Obama administration. This documentary was a wonderful reminder of why it is so important that all the world takes part in the race. As well as to have the USOC involved as they are an integral part of the running of the marathon. I think a number of athletes from other countries have to worry about not being able to compete at the marathon as it is not a sport that is usually run in other countries.

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Frank Henry

I have seen this movie about 10 times and have continued to enjoy it. One of the best part is watching the coach take the man over and how he moves him around. The movie contains a lot of wonderful footage and tells the story of the athlete who had a failure of life but continues to thrive and wins. His passion, passion for sport and not only playing baseball, but just playing baseball. I recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in seeing the movie of a man who made one of the greatest baseball stories of all time.

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Angela Adams

This documentary explores the history of the Mississippi State Penitentiary and the prison system in general, focusing on the three decades that were the 'golden age' of the prison system in the United States. The documentary does not dwell on the racial issues, but instead has a comprehensive discussion of the overall prison system and how it came to be in the first place. It also explores the changes that occurred in the prison system as well as the challenges of the prison system to its inmates, which included things such as housing a large number of inmates, problems with the prison system being overcrowded, violent guards, and harsh prison rules and regulations. The documentary is highly recommended, as it provides a historical and not-so-historical look at the prison system. It also examines the reforms that the prison system went through in order to improve the lives of its inmates.

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Brian Alvarez

I have just seen a screening of this film at the South by Southwest film festival. The film is well-made, but it has a lot of its own strengths. I appreciated the overall message, even if it had a few holes. I feel that the film is a great fit for the SXSW audience, but there were a couple of problems that kept me from fully enjoying it. First, I was disappointed by the way that the film ended, even though it was in the middle of the movie. I felt that the director didn't give enough time to examine the many moving pieces of the story. I also felt that the film was cut short in some places and would have benefited from the director taking his time to examine the end of the film. The other problem that I had was with the ending. It seemed to me that the director ended the movie with a good message about the importance of family, but then ran out of time and needed to take his message to the end. In other words, the film seemed to end in a "cheap" way. I think that the director could have finished the film with a more thorough examination of the many moving pieces, which would have made it much more interesting to me.

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Theresa Ray

I have been a fan of Jamiroquai since they made the classic "Dawn Wall" songs in the late 80s. Over the last few years, I have seen them play in a variety of different venues, such as arenas, concerts, and other theaters. When I finally got to see them at the Paramount theater in San Francisco, I was truly blown away. This was not what I expected, I was also very impressed with the quality of the sound and the use of the soundtrack. I will definitely buy the soundtrack when it comes out on CD. I would also love to see them tour more. I know they did a lot of dates in Europe and will likely do more as well. I also want to see them in other venues such as L.A. and Philadelphia. I was also very happy that they had used some of the songs from the first 3 albums as well as the ones from the two previous albums. The only thing I don't understand is why they don't do a tour of the states. They have done shows in Texas and have sold out venues in Phoenix and Dallas, yet I think they are considering doing a tour of the east coast. I think that would be a great addition to the tour. They are definitely a band that should be doing more tours. I also think the soundtrack should be released on CD so that the fans can purchase it as well. And let's not forget about the ones from the first 3 albums. I would really like to hear them play those songs again.

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Nathan E.

In recent years the media has gone to great lengths to sensationalize a drug that is not a problem, and an amphetamine that has a number of negative side effects. The movie Anand Ganesh's new documentary "The Dawn Wall" tracks the rise of the use of the powerful stimulant, amphetamine, as well as its complications in the world of high schools. The film's title refers to the wall surrounding the top of a mountain and its beautiful natural vista, not the drug that creates such stunning visuals. Ganesh filmed his material in British Columbia, Canada and captured some astonishingly beautiful and stunningly candid footage. The movie begins with an interview with Jamie Latham (Andy Grove), a high school student from a working class, Irish-Catholic town in Maine. After a few years at the high school in which he teaches, he has become a champion athlete, a popular and respected teacher and a member of the school's student council. He is able to maintain his self-esteem, and his family and friends also look up to him. However, his peers have become increasingly overconfident, self-centered and even downright rude. Jamie's father, Billy Latham (Peter Gallagher), is a stuttering alcoholic and drug user who has lost his wife and child in a tragic accident. His own drug use, and the relationship with his daughter, is now the reason for his depression and anxiety. Jamie's new teacher, Lee Hannah (Brett Kelly), is on the verge of becoming a junior world-class athlete but is still susceptible to the temptations of the drug. To make matters worse, she has recently left her boyfriend, who is a drug dealer and has been caught by the police with $30,000 in cash hidden in his wallet. The friends and classmates of Jamie Latham (one of the most popular students at his high school), as well as the parents and teachers at the school, are too weak to help him. They may not be able to stop the drugs that are creating havoc in their lives, and in Jamie's case may not be able to stop Jamie himself from becoming a drug dealer. Instead, their help is vital in preventing Jamie from going down this road. The drug of choice, amphetamine, is an amphetamine derived from the bark of the tree bark pine. The drug is a stimulant. The stimulant causes the body to release adrenaline, increase the heart rate, and burn fat. When it is taken, the body feels the effects of the drug, especially when the user is anxious or stressed. The higher the dose, the more euphoric

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Douglas

This documentary by Jim Clancy, a ten-year climber of the Dawn Wall, who works with the climbers to help them get back up the wall and hold on to their dreams of climbing Everest. It has a great cast including Tommy Caldwell, also a ten-year climber and the father of professional climber Chris Caldwell. Tommy and Chris are both at the peak of their careers and are very motivated. They both support the movie with their insights and stories. They are both enthusiastic about the film. The best part of this film is the interviews with the climbers who have failed to make it back to Everest. All of them tell their stories of making it to the top of the wall and their hopes for the next climbing season. The voices in the film are worth listening to. The cinematography is awesome. There is a lot of great cinematography. The interviews are really well done. The characters in the film are really well done. A lot of the stuff that they say is very inspiring. This is one of those documentaries that is so inspiring to watch. I highly recommend it. You will be inspired by it.

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Roy Wong

The film highlights the beautiful nature of the most beautiful sport of all - the swimming race. It is a personal story of two masters of the sport, Edwin and Roger Caster. The film is a compelling drama, but it is also a heart-warming story of one couple's triumph in the face of great odds. It is a film that should be viewed by all. It is a tearjerker that is a must-see for any swimmer. If you are in the mood to be inspired and uplifted, I highly recommend that you see this film. I saw this movie with two friends of mine, and we both were inspired. There are many memorable moments in this film, but one in particular sticks with me. The scene where Edwin tells Roger about his accomplishments during the race, but Roger is unable to respond in his own words. It is really touching, and deserves more screen time. I have rated it a 9 out of 10, because it is a story that needs to be told, and Edwin Caster did a fantastic job of telling his story.