Seven Years in Tibet


2h 11m 1997

Brief Synopsis

In the autumn of 1939, Heinrich Harrer, the famous Austrian mountaineer, and his countryman Peter Aufschnaiter, set out to climb Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. The self-centered Harrer, whose sole pre-occupation was the achievement of fame and glory, would experience an emotional awakening on his fantastic journey that would take him from the heights of conquests to the depths of internment in a British prisoner-of-war camp, then from escape and a harrowing two-year trek through the Himalayas to the mysterious Tibetan city of Lhasa. As a stranger in a strange land where few westerners have ever visited, Harrer was befriended by the young Dalai Lama, and was asked to tutor the religious leader in English, geography and the ways of the Western world. He would eventually spend seven years in Tibet, during a period of tremendous political upheaval in that country, graced with friendship and the spiritual enlightenment of the young Dalai Lama.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sept ans au Tibet, Sju år i Tibet
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Biography
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures
Location
Mendoza, Argentina; Austria; Himalayas, India; Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 11m

Synopsis

In the autumn of 1939, Heinrich Harrer, the famous Austrian mountaineer, and his countryman Peter Aufschnaiter, set out to climb Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. The self-centered Harrer, whose sole pre-occupation was the achievement of fame and glory, would experience an emotional awakening on his fantastic journey that would take him from the heights of conquests to the depths of internment in a British prisoner-of-war camp, then from escape and a harrowing two-year trek through the Himalayas to the mysterious Tibetan city of Lhasa. As a stranger in a strange land where few westerners have ever visited, Harrer was befriended by the young Dalai Lama, and was asked to tutor the religious leader in English, geography and the ways of the Western world. He would eventually spend seven years in Tibet, during a period of tremendous political upheaval in that country, graced with friendship and the spiritual enlightenment of the young Dalai Lama.

Crew

Stuart Aikins

Casting

Ana Aizenberg

Production Manager

Mercedes Alfonsin

Other

Rick Allen

Key Grip

Peter Allwork

Camera Operator

Philip Alton

Dialogue Editor

Jean-jacques Annaud

Producer

David Appleby

Key Grip

David Appleby

Photography

Eddie Arguelles

Video Assist/Playback

Jacques Arnaud

Special Thanks To

Stacy Arnold

Office Assistant

Pete Athans

Production Assistant

Ricardo Avelluto

Other

G D Bakshi

Caterer

Celia Bannerman

Advisor

Sylvain Bardoux

Key Grip

Veronique Bataille

Assistant

Leo Baumgartner

Location Manager

Klemens Becker

Steadicam Operator

Steve Beeson

Production Accountant

Bi Benton

Production Coordinator

Barbara Berkery

Dialogue Coach

Michael Besman

Executive Producer

Robert Binnall

Other

Jean Black

Makeup Artist

Christine Blundell

Makeup Artist

Charles Bodycomb

Other

Noelle Boisson

Editor

David Breashears

Dp/Cinematographer

David Breashears

Director Of Photography

Jim Brebner

Assistant Director

Bertolt Brecht

Song

Olivier Brejoux

Assistant Director

Gordon Brunner

Props

Brigitte Cardinal

Art Department

Tim Cavagin

Rerecording

Dan Cervin

Special Effects

Jeff Charbonneau

Music Editor

Eleanor Chaudhuri

Production Manager

Tenzin Chodak Gyalpo

Assistant Director

Jimmy Chow

Props

Dale Clarke

Other

Robin Clarke

Music Editor

Colin Codner

Boom Operator

Sidney Cooper

Song

Desideria Corridoni

Hair Stylist

Maria Teresa Corridoni

Hair Stylist

Dr. Horacio Cuervo

Medic

Francois Daignault

Assistant Camera Operator

Paul Dallanegra

Consultant

Sandy De Crescent

Music Contractor

Carlos De San Jose

Grip

Claude Debussy

Music

Andres P Dominguez

Special Effects

Tommy Dorsey

Song Performer

Kathleen Driscoll-mohler

Casting Associate

Arthur Dunne

Transportation Manager

Laurence Duval Annaud

Script Supervisor

Roy Easdale

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Mark Egerton

Assistant Director

Elias Eljadue Castilla

Other

Jasmine Elsworth

Production Coordinator

Paul Engelen

Makeup Artist

Lucky Englander

Casting

Jonathan Enraght-moony

Music

Jim Erickson

Set Decorator

David Fanshawe

Song

David Fanshawe

Song Performer

Pascale Ferradini

Assistant Camera Operator

Fritz Fleischhacker

Casting

Corbin H Fox

Special Effects

Robert Fraisse

Dp/Cinematographer

Robert Fraisse

Director Of Photography

Paul Gachter

Music Arranger

Giles Gardner

Assistant Editor

Javier Garrido

Assistant Director

Dominique Gentil

Dp/Cinematographer

Dominique Gentil

Director Of Photography

Doro Geyer

Production Manager

Philippe Giband

Special Thanks To

Pablo Gomez

Video Assist/Playback

Richard Goodwin

Executive Producer

Gastone Grassi

Costume Department

Jack Haddox

Production Auditor

Tim Hands

Sound Editor

Tarn Harper

Post-Production Accountant

Heinrich Harrer

Other

Heinrich Harrer

Source Material

Kate Healey

Costumes

Peter Heslop

Assistant Director

Carla Hetland

Wardrobe

At Hoang

Production Designer

Peter Holt

Foley Editor

Dean Humphreys

Rerecording

Antony Hunt

Visual Effects

Malcolm Huse

Grip

Trevor Ingman

Unit Manager

Gordon Izod

Other

Vincent Jeannot

Camera Operator

Andrew Jeffery

Visual Effects

Professor Ngawang Jimpa

Advisor

Priscilla John

Casting

Becky Johnston

Screenplay

John Kavanagh

Transportation Captain

Martin Kenzie

Camera Operator

Reginald Keywood

Construction

Nawang Khechog

Song

Nawang Khechog

Song Performer

Nawang Khechog

Assistant Director

Philip Kohler

Production Manager

James Kusan

Boom Operator

Mark Lafbery

Rerecording

Liz Legum

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Lotte Lenya

Song Performer

Yungchen Lhamo

Song

Yungchen Lhamo

Song Performer

David Lindsey

Consultant

Dean Lockwood

Special Effects Coordinator

Roger Lofting

Visual Effects

Ernesto Lopez

Other

Iain Lowe

Other

Lee Lighting Ltd

Special Thanks To

Alan Macpherson

Gaffer

Francine Maisler

Casting

Domenico Mancino

Other

Christine Marier

Assistant Editor

Caito Lanhoso Martins

Location Manager

Giulia Maura

Post-Production Coordinator

Andres Mayo

Boom Operator

Ignacio Mcburney

Props

Thom Mcintyre

Hair Stylist

Rakesh Mehra

Assistant Location Manager

Jill Meyers

Music

Sascha Mieke

Steadicam Operator

Reg Milne

Special Effects

Philippe Montagny

Digital Effects Supervisor

Catherine Moulin

Producer

Robin Mounsey

Location Manager

Justin Muller

Assistant Director

Shawn Murphy

Music

G D Murthi

Production Accountant

Phuntsok Namgyal Dhumkhang

Song Performer

Phuntsok Namgyal Dhumkhang

Advisor

John Neufeld

Original Music

Anne Nevin

Production Coordinator

Christine Newell

Foley

David Nichols

Executive Producer

Stefano Nigro

Hair Stylist

Fred North

Helicopter Pilot

Brent O'connor

Production Manager

Mike O'farrell

Caterer

Graciela Oderigo

Assistant Art Director

Robert Palmer

Other

Pat Pao

Location Casting

Rob Parisien

Video Assist/Playback

John Park

Carpenter

John Paterson

Construction Coordinator

Rick Patton

Sound Mixer

Dwatshang D Pema

Song

Peter Pennell

Sound Editor

Marina Peralta Ramos

Production Coordinator

Grahame Peters

Sound Editor

David Philpot

Carpenter

Michael Praun

Other

Tasha Pym

Assistant Editor

Pierre Queffelean

Art Director

Maxime Rebiere

Storyboard Artist

Barry Richardson

Hair Stylist

George Richardson

Art Director

John S Robertson

Other

Edmon Roch

Production Manager

Julian Rodd

Sound Editor

Fabrice Rouaud

Avid Editor

Wilhelm Bruckner Ruggeberg

Music Conductor

Enrico Sabbatini

Costume Designer

Michael Saxton

Post-Production Supervisor

Paolo Stefano Scalabrino

Costume Supervisor

Brigitte Schmouker

Script Supervisor

Araceli Segarra

Assistant Camera Operator

Charles Shavers

Song

Jocelyn Simard

Assistant Camera Operator

Allen Smith

Director Of Photography

Allen Smith

Dp/Cinematographer

Iain Smith

Producer

Martin Sosa

Assistant Director

Meg Spiers

Makeup Artist

Victoria Stevens

Sound Editor

Diane Summers

Executive Producer

Lucinda Syson

Casting Associate

Alisa Tager

Associate Producer

Sonam Tashi

Assistant Director

Ven Tenzin Chogyal

Advisor

Clementine Terramorsi

Artistic Advisor

Tenzin Tethong

Advisor

Rakra Tethong Rinpoche

Advisor

Genevieve Thomas Colvin

Assistant

Jeff Upton

Gaffer

Jeanne Valentine Viannay

Other

Chris Vickery

Other

Film Details

Also Known As
Sept ans au Tibet, Sju år i Tibet
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Adventure
Biography
Period
Adaptation
Release Date
1997
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures
Location
Mendoza, Argentina; Austria; Himalayas, India; Canada

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 11m

Award Nominations

Best Original Score

1998
John H. Williams

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 8, 1997

Expanded Release in United States October 10, 1997

Released in United States on Video April 7, 1998

Released in United States November 1997

Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (Special Screening) November 1-10, 1997.

Completed shooting March 7, 1997.

Began shooting September 30, 1996.

Numerous news reports surfaced in 1997 detailing Harrer's past involvement with the Nazi Party as a member of the Sturmabtelung (the SA) in 1933, and later as a sergeant in the elite Schutzstaffel (the SS). Harrer contends, however, that he joined the SS only for a limited time in 1938 as one of four climbers of the Eiger North Face in the Swiss Alps.

Exclusive engagements in USA October 8, 1997.

Released in United States Fall October 8, 1997

Expanded Release in United States October 10, 1997

Released in United States on Video April 7, 1998

Released in United States November 1997 (Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (Special Screening) November 1-10, 1997.)