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Typically impressive natural vistas from director Jean-Jacques Annaud (some secretly filmed on location in Tibet) highlight this adaptation of the memoir by Heinrich Harrer. Brad Pitt stars as the arrogant Heinrich, a famed Austrian mountain climber who leaves behind his wife and infant son to head a Himalayan expedition in 1939, only to fall into the hands of Allied forces as a prisoner of war. He and a fellow escapee, Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), make their way to the Forbidden City in Tibet, where Peter finds a wife and Heinrich befriends the Western culture-obsessed teenage Dalai Lama (Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk), the spiritual leader of his Buddhist nation. As Heinrich waits out the war, his friendship with the Dalai Lama begins to transform him from haughty to humble, but a crisis with China looms. A controversy over the revelation of the real-life Harrer's Nazi Party affiliation brewed during the film's production, forcing Annaud to briefly deal with the subject in the film. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:October 8, 1997

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1997 Nominee

Cast

Brad Pitt
as Heinrich Harrer
David Thewlis
as Peter Aufschnaiter
B.D. Wong
as Ngawang Jigme
Mako
as Kungo Tsarong
Danny Denzongpa
as Regent
Victor Wong
as Chinese "Amban"
Ingeborga Dapkunaite
as Ingrid Harrer
Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk
as Dalai Lama
Lhakpa Tsamchoe
as Pema Lhaki
Ama Ashe Dongtse
Sonam Wangchuk
Dorjee Tsering
Ric Young
Duncan Fraser

Crew

Jean-Jacques Annaud
Director
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Producer
Iain Smith
Producer
John H. Williams
Producer
Heinrich Harrer
Book Author
Becky Johnston
Screenwriter
Robert Fraisse
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Noëlle Boisson
Editor
At Hoang
Production Designer
Alisa Tager
Associate Producer
Michael Besman
Executive Producer
Richard Goodwin
Executive Producer
David Nichols
Executive Producer
Jim Erickson
Set Designer
Enrico Sabbatini
Costume Designer
Mark Lafbery
Sound/Sound Designer
Dean Humphreys
Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Weston
Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Cavagin
Sound/Sound Designer
Allen Smith
Camera Operator
Francine Maisler
Casting
Priscilla John
Casting
Nick Gillard
Stunts Coordinator
Allen Smith
Second Unit Director
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