127 Hours (2011)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 34 mins

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Inspired from true life events, this shocking, but inspiring tale reveals the incredible human spirit for survival, through mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself, after a fallen boulder crashes his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clemence Poesy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?
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Did you know? James Franco hid his textbooks in the crevices in the "canyon" set, to help keep his mind off of the claustrophobia factor of the teeny set, which he would be in for hours. Read More
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as Megan
as Aron Ralston
as Kristi
as Sonja Age 10
as Zach
as Andy Meijer
as Aron's Mom
as Aron Age 5
as Sonja
as Eric Meijer
as Monique Meijer
as Aron's Friend
as Aron's Dad


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Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Canon EOS-1Ds, Canon EOS-5D Mark II, Canon EOS-7D, IDT / Redlake Y5
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24 fps
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1.85:1 (Flat), 2.35:1
Every Second Counts
There is no force more powerful than the will to live
Audio/Video Mismatch
The "127 hours" of the title refers to the time of his uninterrupted experience, beginning with when he woke up that first morning in his truck until he passed out from the morphine in the hospital after being rescued, not just the time trapped by the boulder.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Aron is interviewing himself as a guest on a breakfast show, toward the end of the piece, facing his video camera and back to the audience, the image on the video camera screen does not match his actual movements.

Factual Mistake
When Aron rides his bike off the top of his truck, the camera pushes through the back doors of the vehicle. This vehicle appears to be a cargo van (similar to one that crew may use for transport) with doors that open from the center. This cannot be Aron's vehicle as he drives a truck with tailgate and a canopy.

Factual Mistake
When Aron and the two girls are taking their final photo together, the frame that becomes the photo includes the camera that is supposedly taking the photo.

After the boulder initially lands on Aron's arm he decides to remove his backpack to see what he can use to help him get out of this situation. He pulls off the backpack from both shoulders with a fair amount of ease despite his right arm being trapped under a rock and incapacitated. However, although not shown, all he had to do was undo the buckle on the right shoulder strap.

In the initial scene where Aron tries to move the boulder it can be seen to wobble slightly. However, it's described in his book Between a Rock and a Hard Place that when Aron tries to first move the boulder it does wobble slightly, trapping his hand further. He then proceeds to move the boulder back to release the added pressure he caused by moving it.

Crew/Equipment Visible
During one of the time-lapse sequences of the desert, a person becomes visible for a very short time. They appear in about 5 spots on the screen, only for about one frame.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Aron is watching the film of Kristi and Megan in the pool on his camera, it moves too far to the left, so a hand is seen pushing the camera back into shot. This can't be Aron's hand as he's holding the camera.

Aron could only manage to get his watch off using his mouth. Then a few scenes later, the watch is back on his wrist.

The film takes place over 6 days, however, Aron's facial hair never increases in length over the course of the movie. No stubble appears and his mustache and chin hair remained the same.

When Aron's comes out of the mountain, there is blood on his chin and then he takes lot of water, which removes that blood stains but when he starts to walk the blood appears again.

At the beginning of the scene where Aron takes inventory of his supplies after being pinned by the boulder he is hatless. Partway through the scene he inexplicably suddenly has a hat on.

After crashing with his bike in the beginning of the movie, Aron clearly lies a couple of feet away from it. When he takes a photo of himself a few seconds later, however, he suddenly lies with his head on top of the bike.

When Aron plops into the water pool after freeing himself, his hat comes off in the water. Then he rises to kneeling, drinking and splashing water on face and head. In at least one quick shot of this, his hat is on.

When Aron and the girls are taking a the photo, feathers are visible in the girl's hair. When he snaps the photo, the feather has jumped to the other side of the girl in green's head. Her necklace is outside of her shirt then tucked in, and the rock in the background is differently colored and patterned.

When Aron is cutting off his arm, his mouth goes from being bloody, to clean, then bloody again.

In the final scene of the film, when Aron is swimming in the family pool, his arm is gone in close up shots however when the angle changes to a birds eye view directly above, both arms are visible as he swims.

When the camera is first used to record himself, the battery life changes from 3/4 full to 1/2 full and then back again before fading away.

When Aron takes the Capital One credit card out of his wallet, the logo that is on the card did not come out until 2008.

During the flashback to the game where Aron's girlfriend walks out on him, an ad for the Motorola phone, Droid, can be seen although there was no such thing at the time.

During the Utah Jazz game, the logo on the court is one that was not used until 2004, when the Jazz changed their color scheme.

In Aron's guidebook, at the top left of the map, there is an inset with an elevation profile. On the elevation profile, "Aron Ralston's chokestone" is labeled. This label actually appears in current versions of the guidebook.

Though the film takes place in 2003, modern-styled (2008) Mountain Dew and Pepsi cans can be seen during Aron's dream sequence when he attends the party.

In both scenes with Brian, Aron's boss, he is wearing a T-shirt that can be identified as being a product of the website www.someecards.com. This website did not launch until 2007, but the movie is set in 2003.
Ralston did indeed record himself hallucinating, examining his life, and drinking his own urine.

Aron Ralston filmed a daily video diary while he was stuck in the canyon; the footage has only been shown to close friends and family and is kept in a bank vault for safety. Before shooting began both James Franco and director Danny Boyle were allowed to view the footage in order to accurately portray the events in the movie.

The camcorder used by James Franco in the film was the actual one Aron Ralston used when he was trapped in Blue John Canyon.

When Aron Ralston was asked how how authentic the film was, he said, "the movie is so factually accurate it is as close to a documentary as you can get and still be a drama."

James Franco was not Danny Boyle's first choice to play Ralston - Cillian Murphy was.

For the moment when Aron falls down the canyon and gets his arms stuck under the rock, Danny Boyle filmed James Franco for 20 minutes straight going through all kinds of emotions. He then cut the material the way it ended up in the movie.

James Franco hid his textbooks in the crevices in the "canyon" set, to help keep his mind off of the claustrophobia factor of the teeny set, which he would be in for hours.

In the last scene, it's Aron Ralston's real-life friends and family by the swimming pool.

To make James Franco's portrayal of Aron Ralston as accurate as possible, the real Ralston told director Danny Boyle to have Franco recite lyrics from the jam band Phish, Ralston's favorite band.

The cave paintings shown in the opening credits sequence are taken from The Great Gallery, a large rock panel of such paintings, at least 1500 years old, in Horseshoe Canyon, Utah. Blue John Canyon where Aron was trapped is a tributary to Horseshoe Canyon.

Aron Ralston broke into tears during a Q&A session at the Toronto International Film Festival, after an audience member asked his opinion on his portrayal on screen. Ralston said it was challenging after he was comforted by the actors beside him.

Sebastian Stan was considered to play Aron.

Katie Featherston auditioned for the role of Kristi.

Jena Malone auditioned for a role.

Lake Bell was considered to play a role.

This film is the second film directed by Danny Boyle to contain a time denomination in the title - the first being 28 Days Later... (2002) (he also acted as producer on 28 Weeks Later (2007)).

Aron Ralston became a motivational speaker. He was busy in November of 2011. Some of his activities included: On November 16, 2011, he was the final keynote speaker for the 2011 Financial & Insurance Conference Planners Annual Conference, in San Antonio, Texas. On November 28, he spoke at the Fayetteville Town Center at the University of Arkansas.

It took 13 men, a winch, and a hydraulic jack to lift the boulder high enough to retrieve Aron's arm from the canyon.

In 2004 Aron Ralston went back to the scene of the accident with NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw to scatter the ashes of his amputated arm over the boulder that had trapped him.

Multiple arms and arm interiors were created for the surgery sequence, with a day and a half scheduled at the end of the film's shoot to document the intricacies of the scene. After the first long "take" of the surgery scene, done in real time and lasting twenty minutes, Danny Boyle canceled the last day and a half of the shoot. He felt he had captured everything needed in that first take.

The amputation scene reportedly caused some audience members to receive medical assistance. Special effects designer Tony Gardner heavily worked on the scene with medical professionals in order to re-create Aron Ralston's perspective. The scene was done on one take.