Which American film involves the death of a father to save his son and daughter during a climbing event?
The American survival thriller film titled ‘Vertical Limit’ featured a father and his two adult children, a son and daughter, caught in a precarious situation left dangling by two falling climbers while rock climbing together. The setting is in Monument Valley, a region of the Colorado Plateau, near the Arizona-Utah borders in the United States.
Released in 2000, the film was directed by Martin Campbell (born 1944), written by Robert King (born 1959) and starred Chris O’Donnell (born 1970), Bill Paxton (1955-2017), Robin Tunney (born 1972) and Stuart Wilson (born 1946)
The plot centers around the death of the father, Royce (played by Stuart Wilson) who forces his son Peter (played by Chris O’Donnell), a ‘National Geographic’ photographer and daredevil climber, to cut him loose in order to save Peter and his sister Annie (played by Robyn Tunney).
While the siblings survive, years later their relationship is still strained as Annie blames Peter for the death of their father. The plot continues and unfolds with additional intrigue and climbing expeditions and adventures for the siblings.
The movie was filmed on location in Pakistan (location of K2) Queenstown, New Zealand and the United States.
The film was produced on a budget of $75 million USD, with box office receipts of $215.7 million USD.