MOVIE: Touch the Top of the World (2006)

Based on the memoir of the same name, this entertaining made-for-TV movie is about the first blind man (Erik Weihenmayer) to summit on Mount Everest.  The story begins with his childhood, when a rare eye disease began to gradually take his sight from him.  By the time he was a teenager, Erik was completely blind.  A meeting with a blind wrestler inspired him to continue to pursue his love of sports, and it wasn’t long before he began to try (and then excel at!) climbing as well.

After several successful summits of other mountains, Erik was encouraged by friends to give Mt. Everest a try.  With the help of some incredibly awesome buddies, and the financial support of blind people all over the world, Erik sets out for the toughest climb of his life, overcoming insurmountable odds and finally making it to the top of the world.

This movie is obviously a made-for-TV flick — the scenery is pretty fake in a number of places, and there are notable pauses in the story where you can tell there was a commercial break planned.  But the acting is wonderful (especially from Facinelli and Bruce Campbell, who plays Erik’s very supportive father) and the story is inspiring and well-organized.

I love movies (and books!) about climbers.  It’s a sport I find utterly insane, but at the same time, I’m absolutely mesmerized by tales  about it.  It takes a special something to want to climb Mt. Everest, I think.  (Whether it’s a good something or a bad something is debatable.)  But whatever it is, I don’t have it.  And sometimes when I see movies like this I think maybe I wish I did. (You know, until the ubiquitous scene in which the climbers start puking their guts out (or worse!) from altitude sickness.  Then I go back to considering them  insane.)

In any case, Erik’s story is pretty damn cool, and after having seen this film, I’m definitely planning to read Weihenmayer’s memoir soon.  Recommended!

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Genre:  Adventure, Non-Fiction
Cast:  Peter Facinelli, Bruce Campbell, Kate Greenhouse


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6 Responses to “MOVIE: Touch the Top of the World (2006)”

  1. Rochelle Says:

    I don’t particularly care for memoirs or climbing but when you said Bruce Campbell I almost wanted to see this. I’m totally psyched cuz my netflix arrived today and it included My Name Is Bruce. Have you seen this yet? I’m expecting awesomeness. But hey, I liked Bubba Ho-Tep. Apparently I am one of the few. I also wondered if you had seen The Woods. I netflixed it a couple of weeks ago and I thought it was pretty cool. Bruce had a small part as the father of the “final girl”. I don’t want to spoil you if you haven’t seen it, so I won’t go into detail. I definitely recommend it for horror fans and Bruce fans although it is more serious and less gory than what many might expect of Bruce.

  2. Lizzie Says:

    Hey, Rochelle! I’m another of “the few,” and I think my husband is, too. We thought “Bubba Ho-Tep” was pretty funny! I SORT OF like movies about mountain-climbing, and this one does sound interesting. I haven’t seen “My Name is Bruce” or “The Woods,” but I bet I’d like them – and I bet my husband wouldn’t!

  3. Haidee Says:

    chalk me up as another of ‘the few’ I bought another DVD player, just so I could set it to region one and watch it because it hadn’t come out in Australia yet. I have region 1 copies of Bubba and Army.

  4. megwood Says:

    Who didn’t love “Bubba Ho-Tep”? That movie is genius! I have seen “The Woods,” but I don’t remember anything about it. I only know I’ve seen it because I gave it three stars on Netflix. (which, for me, means I enjoyed it but recognized it as being a somewhat bad movie). I’ll have to get it again soon and refresh my memory!

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  6. Lorna Parker-Herman Says:

    Loved it.

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