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The Conquest of Everest (1953)

Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak.

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John Hunt ...
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George Band ...
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Tom Bourdillon ...
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Charles Evans ...
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Alfred Gregory ...
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Edmund Hillary ...
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George Lowe ...
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Wilfred Noyce ...
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Griffith Pugh ...
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Tenzing Norgay ...
Himself (Sherpa Sirdar) (as Tensing Norkay Sherpa)
Michael Ward ...
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Michael Westmacott ...
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Charles Wylie ...
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Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak.

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Step by Step To the Top With Hillary and Tensing... See more »


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7 December 1953 (Sweden)  »

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La conquête de l'Everest  »

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When the "Daily Mail" newspaper is shown, Edmund Hillary's name is shown as Edward. See more »

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Historic Gem on Everest
7 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I did not know this documentary existed until I found it at Kathmandu airport as I left Nepal recently. What fascinated me was the amazing changes that I noted, particularly on the West Buttress and some other places in the 56 years since this was filmed. It also amazed me how long it took them to find a way thru the Ice Fall. I was born a couple of weeks prior to Hillary's summit and I summited Everest myself on May 23, 2009 within a few days, give or take 56 years from the first summit. In fact, our climb was documented by Discovery Channel and will be aired in November, 2009. The experience is difficult to explain, but when I saw this video with the highest quality cinematography, all using presumably large, heavy cameras and 16 MM film or larger, it is truly amazing to watch. The music is typical of the 50s but that adds to its historic nature. The documentary is wonderfully accurate, is not overly dramatic as many of today's efforts are (such as Discovery's Everest series) so its really a pleasant review of an awesome achievement over 56 years ago.


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