Austrian mountaineer, Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a fellow detainee and makes his way to Llaso, Tibet, where he meets the 14-year-old Dalai Lama, whose friendship ultimately transforms his outlook on life.

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  1. Becky Johnston


  2. Heinrich Harrer


  3. Jean-Jacques Annaud


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  1. Brad Pitt

    Brad Pitt

    Heinrich Harrer

  2. Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk

    Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk

    Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old

  3. David Thewlis

    David Thewlis

    Peter Aufschnaiter

  4. BD Wong

    BD Wong

    Ngawang Jigme

  5. Mako


    Kungo Tsarong

  6. Ingeborga Dapkunaite

    Ingeborga Dapkunaite

    Ingrid Harrer

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 16m

Budget $70,000,000.00

Revenue $131,457,682.00

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Release Information

  • October 8, 1997
    PG-13, Theatrical



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