The highest grossing giant screen documentary of all time.

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, this special edition will allow a new generation to experience this moving, critically acclaimed film.

Everest will be released in IMAX® and giant screen theaters in July 2021.

Produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films with major funding from the National Science Foundation

Presented by Milliken and Polartec

Sponsored in part by the Everest Film Network

Narrated by Liam Neeson

Featuring the music of George Harrison, including “Here Comes The Sun”

Release date: July 2021

Runtime: 40 minutes

Format: filmed in 15 perforation/70 mm

Everest Book
Everest: Mountain without Mercy

By Broughton Coburn

The New York Times bestselling true story of how an intrepid film crew became a heroic rescue team during the disastrous 1996 climbing season.

Everest CD
Featuring the music of George Harrison

“While the music is actually performed by an orchestra, it is quickly obvious to any fan that the pieces were written by George [Harrison]. This is an excellent CD, which will probably be overlooked by many. I find myself listening to it frequently as much of the CD is quite soothing and easy on the ears. The producers of this IMAX film should be credited for utilizing such a talent in their film score.” *****
-Jeffery S. Anderson (Amazon.com review)

“What the large-format IMAX screen was made for: a breathtaking climb to the top of Mount Everest that reveals the world’s highest mountain in all of its awesome, perilous grandeur.”  “A.”
-Entertainment Weekly

“…combines real-life tragedy and derring-do with eye-popping scenery for an effect that’s as dramatic as it is fascinating and spectacular…Somber yet exciting and beautiful, this dazzling doc is sure to be a favorite…”
-Daily Variety

Everest… is not only a visually glorious and absorbing film and a story of hope and hubris; it is also an amazing feat of filmmaking.”
– New York Times

Everest… is a thrilling account of athleticism and courage. The eight-story-high clarity of the IMAX screen is as close as most people will want to get to the sport of mountaineering. Without the expense, exertion, pain and risk, Everest is the next best thing to being there.”
-New York Daily News

“…a powerful, absorbing adventure…”
-The Hollywood Reporter

“Plain and simple, Everest takes movie-making to new heights—in every sense of the phrase. It’s not only the best IMAX film to date, it features some of the most spectacular, breathtaking photography on record. Indeed, the thrill-a-minute scenario makes Everest a must see for all.”
-The New York Post


  • Inducted into the IMAX Hall of Fame – Voted in by members of the Giant Screen Cinema Association, September 2009
  • Best Picture of the Year, Best Cinematography of the Year, and Best Score of the Year – 1998 Maximum Image Awards, IMAX Corporation (Best score Award presented to George Harrison & Steve Wood)
  • IMAX Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Large Format Filmmaking – IMAX Corporation, 1998
  • Best Marketing Campaign of the Year by a Distributor – 1998 Giant Screen Theater Association Achievement Awards
  • Grand Award and WorldMedal for International Non-Broadcast Media (Documentary) – New York Festivals
  • Grand Prix du Public (the highest award) – La Géode Film Festival, Paris
  • Golden Eagle Award (Documentary Feature) – Cine Golden Eagle
  • The highest grossing IMAX Theatre documentary film of all time

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