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The Dawn Wall (2017)

Documentary | 100 minutes
3,74 235 votes

Genre: Documentary / Adventure

Duration: 100 minuten

Country: Austria

Directed by: Josh Lowell and Peter Mortimer

Stars: Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson and John Branch

IMDb score: 8,1 (21.219)

Releasedate: 1 November 2017


This movie is not available on US streaming services.


The Dawn Wall plot

At the heart of Yosemite National Park is El Capitan, a tall granite boulder whose smoothest section, the Dawn Wall, is considered by experts to be the world's toughest climb. Tommy Caldwell saw no impassable area, but a puzzle nearly a mile high. In "The Dawn Wall" we follow him and Kevin Jorgeson in their historic route to the top. A bizarre course that, after they had already made several attempts in the years before, takes weeks.

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avatar van FillumGek


  • 8987 messages
  • 3131 votes

Mountain climbing, not really a sport I'm interested in. But thanks to the rave reviews and the fact that I was in the mood for beautiful, soothing images, I finally saw this one. Superb from start to finish.

Especially because Tommy Caldwell is a very good guy who grants you all the happiness in the world. The passion with which he can talk about 'his' mountain is almost moving and the amount of preparation that goes into it is impressive. Never knew something like this could take years. Bizarre that Tommy and Kevin, his partner, only sleep on an aluminum frame hundreds of meters high. It would run really thin on me.

That happens a few times anyway while watching this documentary. Almost abnormal how they seem to stick to that wall like a spider, fingertips until they bleed. And if you fall, try again and again, admirable. You get to see a lot about Tommy's life, especially the hostage situation caused amazement. Traumatizing, but it hasn't stopped Tommy from pursuing his dream. Fascinating, feel-good documentary that is also a bit exciting.

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avatar van filmkul


  • 1892 messages
  • 1886 votes

Strong documentary. Very captivating and intriguing story. Beautiful structure and fantastic filming with very nice images. Captivating from start to finish. Recommended! 4.0/4.5

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avatar van jffrfilms


  • 22 messages
  • 1743 votes

Great documentary! It grabbed me to the end. beautifully portrayed, piece of emotion, tension and perseverance.

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