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If it hadn't been for Brad Pitt signing on to play the lead role of obsessive Austrian mountain climber Heinrich Harrer, there's a good chance this lavish $70 million film would not have been made. It was one of two films from 1997 (the other being Martin Scorsese's exquisite Kundun) to view the turmoil between China and Tibet through the eyes of the young Dalai Lama. But with Pitt onboard, this adaptation of Harrer's acclaimed book focuses more on Harrer, a Nazi party member whose life was changed by his experiences in Tibet with the Dalai Lama. Having survived a treacherous climb on the challenging peak of Nanga Parbat and a stint in a British POW camp, Harrer and climbing guide Peter Aufschnaiter (nicely played by David Thewlis) arrive at the Tibetan city of Lhasa, where the 14-year-old Dalai Lama lives as ruler of Tibet. Their stay is longer than either could have expected (the "seven years" of the title), and their lives are forever transformed by their proximity to the Tibetan leader and the peaceful ways of the Buddhist people. China looms over the land as a constant invasive threat, but Seven Years in Tibet is more concerned with viewing Tibetan history through the eyes of a visitor. The film is filled with stunning images and delightful moments of discovery and soothing, lighthearted spirituality, and although he is somewhat miscast, Pitt brings the requisite integrity to his central role. What's missing here is a greater understanding of the young Dalai Lama and the culture of Tibet. Whereas Kundun tells its story purely from the Dalai Lama's point of view, Seven Years in Tibet is essentially an outsider's tale. The result is the feeling that only part of the story's been told here--or maybe just the wrong story. But Harrer's memoir is moving and heartfelt, and director Jean-Jacques Annaud has effectively captured both sincerity and splendor in this flawed but worthwhile film. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A very enjoyable but underrated movie. The movie is based on a true story well worth seeing and apparently the two lead characters remained friends in real life long after their... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Greg B.
The DVD is only in full screen format (1.33:1) which is frustrating since it clearly says in the product title that the widescreen format (2.35:1) is available.Published 8 months ago by Sebastien Dussault
This is a wonderful movie! Brad Pitt does a superb job of acting. His accent is most believeable! I would highly recommend this film to everyone and anyone!Published 10 months ago by Maxisback
Very good dvd and lot of good memories about it I just adore it and recommanded it to all my friendsPublished 15 months ago by Claude Couillard
Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pit) has a son before he is ready. Rather than cope with the situation he runs off to India to do a little mountain climbing because "When you're climbing... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2006 by bernie
The fact is simple that most of Americans know nothing about Tibet.
This country liberated itself from Britain but inherited many colonial scars from Britan as the Tibitan... Read more
This film is a kind of propaganda. Historycally and oviously, Tibet has been a part of China for a thousand years and Tibetean is one of Chinese group. Read morePublished on May 14 2004
I haven't read the book of the same title by Mr. Harrer, but have seen the film twice, once in English and later dubbed in German. I liked it very much, and so did my sons. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Professor Joseph L. McCauley
Seven Years in Tibet is one of my favorite movies of all time (next to The Godfather). The photography is beautiful and the story engaging. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by "wolfie48"