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The Climb (2002)

Two professional solo climbers form an uneasy partnership after a successful rescue mission grants them the gift of a lifetime.


John Schmidt

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason George ... Derrick Williams
Ned Vaughn ... Michael Harris
Dabney Coleman ... Mack
Kyli Santiago ... Cheryl Martin
David Stuart ... Greg
Todd Bridges ... Eddie
Christian Stevens Christian Stevens ... Josh
Christian Jensen ... Newspaper Reporter
M. Scott Wilkinson M. Scott Wilkinson ... Carl
Eddie Matthews ... Chopper Co-Pilot
Dawn Bluford Dawn Bluford ... Nurse
John Shepherd ... Pastor
Mindora Mini Mims Mindora Mini Mims ... Rashane
Melinda Haynes Melinda Haynes ... Donna (as Melinda Clarkson-Haynes)
Robert Pierce ... Doctor


In this intense ice-and-snow mountain drama, two climbers temporarily forced together for a rescue mission find themselves as uneasy partners in the adventure of a lifetime. Derrick Williams (Jason George) is a hotshot climber who wants to prove to the world he can do it himself. Teamed up with Christian "Safety-Man" Michael Harris (Ned Vaughn), another stunning professional world-class climber, they are given a fully funded ascent up one of the most deadly mountains in the world; the monstrous Mt. Chicanagua in the Chilean Andes. The battle doesn't begin on the slopes however, it is a test of wills, a question of faith and beliefs that begins immediately and doesn't stop until the stunning conclusion. Written by Mckenzie2467 (with edits by ReecyBoy42)

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2 Men 2 Goals 1 Mountain

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material | See all certifications »






Release Date:

22 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Aufstieg - The Climb See more »

Filming Locations:

Provo, Utah, USA


Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Derrick Williams: You really are a gadget freak, man. Look at this - you got your GPS, your altimeter, your portable toothbrush set. What have you got in here anyway, man?
[he opens it and looks inside]
Derrick Williams: Oh, come on, man, Dex? You don't need this stuff.
Michael Harris: It's just in case one of us runs outta juice up in the death zone.
Derrick Williams: Dex is for wimps, man. This is about man versus nature.
Michael Harris: Oh, right, what was I thinking.?
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A Decent Movie With A Clear-Cut Agenda
11 January 2003 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Your appreciation of this movie will be directly related to your own interest in matters of faith. Those of Christian faith (such as myself) and those with an interest in Christian faith will appreciate the values contained here; those who are antagonistic to Christian faith will find the evangelistic emphasis of the movie distasteful. Of course, my question would be why anyone antagonistic to an evangelical Christian message would watch a movie produced by World Wide Pictures, which is an arm of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association?

I don't like movies that have a hidden agenda (even a hidden evangelistic agenda) but here the agenda is clear-cut and expected, so it didn't bother me. The story is interesting enough, focusing around two young mountain climbers (Jason George and Ned Vaughn) who suddenly find themselves with an unexpected opportunity to team up and climb the highest peak in the Chilean Andes. Derrick Williams (George) is an angry atheist, while Michael Harris (Vaughn) is a faithful Christian. The relationship between the two grows as they train and then climb together, culminating in the totally predictable religious conversion of Derrick. Of course, the real suspense in this kind of movie is not whether the atheist is going to convert; it's what the chain of events leading to the conversion will be, and that was a decent enough story.

Featuring the likes of Dabney Coleman, Clifton Davis and Todd Bridges, you'll find this an entertaining story as long as the overtly religious tone of it isn't something that will turn you off.


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