The top of Mt. Everest calls only to the most daring and determined of individuals who are convinced that dreams can be realized through incredible effort and risk. Everest is the story of amazing achievements, taking audiences on an inspirational and spellbinding ascent with an international team of climbers who found hope, beauty, and triumph in the wake of tragedy. Everestfeatures the first giant screen images ever brought back from Mt. Everest. It also tells the dramatic true story of the Everest Expedition’s journey to the summit, just days after the infamous 1996 tragedy in which eight climbers lost their lives in a deadly storm.

Over creaking ice falls, across quaking chasms, up dangerous, towering cliffs, through a harrowing rescue of fellow mountaineers, and into the mystical danger zone of oxygen-thin altitude, the IMAX camera team maintains the spirit of determination, optimism, and camaraderie that leads to miraculous achievements. Everest is filled with fascinating information about how this mountain was formed and continues to evolve, how high altitude challenges a climber’s physical and mental capabilities, and how Sherpa culture and tradition permeates the Mt. Everest experience. But Everest is also a rich, dramatic story about the relationship between a group of daring human beings and the mountain they love, respect, and sometimes fear.

2021 Digitally Remastered 16K Re-Release:

In this special re-release of the smash hit film Everest, audiences will revisit the inspiring and harrowing ascent of the world’s tallest mountain with a team of four international climbers who find hope, beauty, and triumph in the wake of tragedy. When Everest was first released in 1998, it was the fastest rollout ever for a giant screen film and landed on Variety’s Top 10 Box Office list. The film shattered all previous attendance records and went on to become the highest grossing giant-screen documentary of all time. Digitally remastered in 16k resolution and with new behind-the-scenes footage, this special edition will allow a new generation to experience this moving, critically acclaimed film.

Length: 44:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 1998
  • Date Released:
    March 1998
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital, DCI-compliant Laser, IMAX Digital, IMAX Laser, Dome-customized 15/70, D3D/Christie Cinedome, ESX Dome
  • Distributor:
  • Produced By:
    MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with Arcturus Motion Pictures
  • Executive Producer:
  • Producer: Greg MacGillivray,David Breashears, Alec Lorimore
  • Director:  Greg MacGillivray, David Breashears, Stephen Judson
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Tim Cahill, Stephen Judson
  • Cinematography: David Breashears
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score:  Daniel May, Steve Wood
  • Editor: George Ball, Stephen Judson
  • Narrator: Liam Neeson
  • Other Credits: Presented by Polartec. Major funding provided by the National Science Foundation. Sponsored in part by Everest Film Network.
  • Sponsors:


  • Adventure
  • Destination
  • Documentary
  • Human Biology



  • Best Picture, Maximum Image Awards, IMAX Corporation
  • Best Cinematography, Maximum Image Awards, IMAX Corporation
  • Best Score, Maximum Image Awards, IMAX Corporation
  • IMAX Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Large Format Filmmaking, IMAX Corporation
  • Grand Award and WorldMedal for International Non-Broadcast Media (Documentary), New York Festivals
  • Grand Prix du Public, La Géode Film Festival Award, Paris
  • Platinum Best of Show (Documentary), The Aurora Awards
  • Grand Award-Best Film & Video Production (Documentary), The Worldfest Flagstaff and Worldfest Houston
  • Chris Award (Best of Nature & Wildlife category) and Certificate of Excellence in Media Print (Press Kit and Teacher’s Guide), The Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Golden Eagle Award (Documentary Feature), Cine Golden Eagle
  • Gold Angel Award (Best Adventure Film), The International Angel Awards
  • 2nd Place (Recreation/Promotion category), Outdoor Writers Association of America, North American Film/Video Awards
  • Best Marketing Campaign by a Distributor and Extraordinary Film Launch, Giant Screen Theater Association (GSTA), 1998

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