PG-13 | | Adventure, Biography, Drama
True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.
When questioned about his stance on the China/Tibet problem by Time magazine, Brad Pitt replied "Who cares what I think China should do about Tibet? I'm a fucking actor... I'm a grown man who puts on make-up".
Why must you be this way? Why, why is there always a problem? It's a good question. Do you want to go home? Do you want to turn around?
Ingrid Harrer: Yes.
Heinrich Harrer: Would that make... It's the Himalayas! How long have I been talking about the Himalayas? How long?
(at around 1h 20 mins) A scene depicts communist China stomping into the Holy Land. Unfortunately, the identification of "China" was wrong in the film. (1) The flag shown was for ROC (the short-lived Republic of China, founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen, defeated by the communists), which was not the communist China's flag. Communist China's flag is all red with a few yellow stars. The flag shown in the movie is red-white-blue. (2) The Chinese government names, shown more than twice in the movie, said "Republic of China (4 characters)", whereas it should have been "People's Republic of China (7 characters)".
As the end credits roll, a view of the mountains of Tibet is seen.
English, German, Mandarin, Tibetan, Hindi
$10,066,508 (USA) (10 October 1997)
$37,901,509 (USA) (6 February 1998)
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