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Bad Climber

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Oct 31, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
Just finished watching a brilliant film: Into the White. It's about two groups of flyers who shoot each other down over Norway in 1940. Germans and Brits end up fighting for survival--an amazing, true tale. The climbing/mountain content deals with the setting in the gorgeous Norwegian mountains and some cool, vintage cross country skiing action.

Streaming on Netflix. HD.

Check it out.

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Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 31, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
It's true, Bad Climber. That is a great movie, and thanks for the reminder!! I recommend it as well.
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Oct 31, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Nice!!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 31, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
I just watched the trailer and I wasn't smitten. But if Peter says it is good then I will give it a chance.

If you want a really good movie featuring soldiers from opposite sides watch The Cuckoo.
jstan

climber
Oct 31, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
I watched the first half of that movie. Based upon special knowledge I have it seemed based on what some script writer thinks. Maybe the second half of the movie finally got better. I wasn't willing to wait around.

Down the street in SB there are two neighbors. One flew in the european theatre for the US. The other in the same theatre for the Luftwaffe. They are good friends and each refers to the other as "The Enemy."

When your plane is down the war is over. Survival is front and center. Mind you the war is not over for prisoners of war in camps intended to kill. Nor is it over if the prisoners take seriously their instructions to escape. The precedence for prisoner exchanges is long standing, after all.

A snow movie I would recommend is titled "The Pathfinder". It is based upon a Scandinavian folk story thousands of years old. Very hard to watch, but once begun there is no choice.

Another called "The Fast Runner". Here too the story is thousands of years old and the film was entirely made by the Inuit. One of the very best films I have ever seen.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 31, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
i found it to lag on a bit. Aint no "Saving private Ryan"..
Bad Climber

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 1, 2013 - 06:11am PT
I enjoyed the somewhat slower pace, character-driven nature of the tale. Also, knowing the general events are true made it very interesting to me. That the two pilots got together again 37 years after this event is amazing and wonderful. I liked Saving Private Ryan, but the nearly relentless brutality is something I've been unwilling to watch a second time.

I've watched The Pathfinder. Yep, great film.

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John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
Nov 1, 2013 - 06:22am PT
Thanks for the recommendation.
sempervirens

climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
"Into the White" is a really cool story. The writing and acting in the movie are mediocre.

Thumbs up for "Pathfinder".
jstan

climber
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:36pm PT
The trailer for Fast Runner is not representative. The movie is remarkable.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 1, 2013 - 07:43pm PT
Fast Runner is a really good movie, dare I say a classic? I'd say 8.5 or even a 9.
The Cuckoo is an easy 9, trust me.
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
Thanks for the movie tips guys. I saw Into the White last night. It's a nice mellow movie.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Nov 2, 2013 - 05:25pm PT
I would like to see it.

As an American, I don't hear much about that Theater, since the U.S. was not engaged.

But the Germans needed the Swedish Iron Ore and the easiest way, was to bring it across Norway. Then there was the Heavy Water plant.

So lots of boats and planes got engaged. The Northern climate, has rendered some of them, well preserved.

http://ktsorens.tihlde.org/flyvrak/axis-2.html
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Pathfinder (1987) [aka Ofelas]:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093668/?ref_=fn_al_tt_6

This looks like the one, of several with similar titles.
jstan

climber
Nov 2, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Clint:
I checked your link. That's the one.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 2, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
If you want a really good movie featuring soldiers from opposite sides watch The Cuckoo.

Haven't seen that, or "Into the White", but if the theme is movies that try to portray the view from both sides in a war, it's hard to do better that "The Guns of Navarone" (It even has some climbing scenes).

Yeah, sure, it's Hollywood, but it's about as far from White Hats vs Black Hats as you can get. I remember how one of my sons reacted to it when he saw it for the first time when he was about 12 or 13. It starts out in pretty typical fashion, but about an hour into it he said something like "Wait. I don't get it. I thought they were the good guys."

Welcome to war, kid.
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