Winner of Best Cinematography and Special Achievement in Ariel Photography from the Giant Screen Cinema Association.


Set in the most celebrated mountain range in all of Europe, The Alps is a breathtaking cinematic adventure in the style of MacGillivray Freeman’s blockbuster documentary Everest. Featuring ground-breaking cinematography captured by innovative aerial and mountaineering crews, the film features the moving human story of writer John Harlin and his attempt to climb the notoriously treacherous North Face of the Eiger in honor of his father who died climbing the same peak 40 years earlier. Featuring songs and music by rock legend Queen, The Alps celebrates the unsurpassed beauty of the Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live and explore there. Viewers will get an unprecedented tour complete with a ride on the highaltitude Glacier Express train, stops in enchanting mountain villages, a bungee jump off Verzasca Dam in the footsteps of James Bond and the rare chance to experience a triumphant ascent of the feared and revered Eiger North Face.


“…a breathtaking survey of death traps in one of the most hazardous mountain ranges on Earth…one of the most dramatic productions ever seen.”
– Seattle Times

“High adventure. Human drama. Heartbreaking tragedy…a heart-in-your-throat excursion into the Alpine landscape interwoven with a true story that has become a climbing legend.”★★★★(out of four)
– Arizona Daily Star

“…breathtaking to watch, but also informative, fascinating and emotionally arresting…gripping viewing for the whole family.”
– Tonight (South Africa)

“The dangers were many and the climb was agonizing at points…Harlin’s quest for closure is emotional, treacherous and absolutely captivating.”
– Montreal Gazette

“A gorgeous homage to alpine climbing, the Swiss Alps and all of dazzling Switzerland.”
– Associated Press

Alps is a lesson in all things, including life…Gorgeous.”
– San Diego Union-Tribune

Honors & Awards
  • Best Cinematography of the Year – 2007 Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards (also nominated for Best Film and Best Sound)
  • Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award – 2007 Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards (Presented to Ron Goodman for outstanding aerial photography)
  • Nominated for the Best Theatrical Program Award – Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, 2007
  • Best Received Film Award (Dome category) – 2008 Shanghai Science Week Film Festival
  • Official Selection – 2007 Banff Mountain Film Festival
  • Official Selection – 2007 Telluride Mountainfilm Festival
  • Official Selection – 2008 Environmental Film Festival, Washington DC
  • High adventure. Human drama. Heartbreaking tragedy...a heart-in-your-throat excursion into the Alpine landscape interwoven with a true story that has become a climbing legend. ★★★★(out of four)

    Arizona Daily Star

Presented by Holcim and Switzerland Tourism

In association with 4iS Four Eyes AG

A Great Adventure Film

Produced and directed by MacGillivray Freeman Films

Narrated by Michael Gambon

Featuring music and songs by Queen

Release date: 2007

Runtime: 45 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm

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