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127 Hours
Directed by Danny Boyle
Produced by Christian Colson
Written by Simon Beaufoy
Starring James Franco
Cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle
Studio Celador Films
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures (United States)
Pathé (International)
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English

127 Hours is an upcoming film directed by Danny Boyle and with screenwriter Simon Beaufoy who previously teamed up to make the Academy Award winner movie Slumdog Millionaire. Filming is expected to take place this year, with Fox Searchlight supposedly releasing it in time for awards season in late 2010. [1] The film is expected to have over an hour of no dialogue, as it is based on the true story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. Boyle claims that as of November 7, 2009, there is no script.[2]


I[3] Production Weekly is reporting that James Franco has been cast as the lead. The industry paper also reports that production will begin in early March in Utah.[4] James Franco has been added to the cast list on IMDB. [5]



127 Hours
File:127 Hours
Promotional film poster
Directed by Danny Boyle
Produced by Christian Colson
John Smithson
Danny Boyle
Written by Simon Beaufoy
Danny Boyle
Starring James Franco
Amber Tamblyn
Kate Mara
Lizzy Caplan
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography Anthony Dod Mantle
Studio Cloud Eight Films
HandMade Films International
Distributed by Walker Searchlight Pictures (US)
Fox Searchlight Pictures(International)
Release date(s) September 4, 2010 (2010-09-04)(Telluride)
November 5, 2010 (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million

127 Hours is a 2010 drama-thriller film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Boyle and Simon Beaufoy and produced by Christian Colson, who previously teamed up for Slumdog Millionaire, and John Smithson. The film is based on the true story of Aron Ralston, the American mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder in Robbers Roost, Utah for nearly five days in May 2003. James Franco stars as Ralston. The film will be released in the United States on November 5, 2010. The film's score is composed by Boyle's previous collaborator on Slumdog Millionaire, Academy Award winner A.R. Rahman.



Hiker Aron Ralston (James Franco) is trapped in an isolated canyon after a fallen boulder crushes his arm while he is hiking in Utah. Over the next five days, Ralston examines his life and survives the elements before amputating his own arm to free himself from the boulder. Ralston then scales a 65 foot wall and hikes over eight miles before he is finally rescued.[1]



Danny Boyle had been wanting to make a film about Ralston's ordeal for four years.[3] Boyle wrote a treatment for the film and Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplay.[4] Boyle describes 127 Hours as "very much a British film", and as "an action movie with a guy who can't move".[5]

News of the World reported in November 2009 that Cillian Murphy was Boyle's top choice to play Ralston.[6] Ryan Gosling was also rumored to play Ralston.[4] In January 2010, James Franco was cast as Ralston.[7] Lizzy Caplan plays his sister.[2]

Filming was reported to begin in March 2010 in Utah.[7] Boyle intended to shoot the first part of the film with no dialogue.[3] As of June 17, 2010, the film is in post-production.[8]

The "amputation scene" was the handiwork of makeup effects artist Tony Gardner and his team at Alterian, Inc. They strove to be medically accurate in every minute detail, as Danny Boyle shot the entire scene in one take and every aspect of the scene needed to be functional as well as realistic.[citation needed]

Ralston's favorite band, Phish, is mentioned in the movie. During production, Boyle asked Ralston how Phish lyrics could be included in the film. Ralston sings lines from the Phish song "Sleeping Monkey" when swimming in one of the early scenes of the movie. [9]


127 Hours was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2010, following its premiere at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.[10] The film has been selected to close the 2010 London Film Festival on 28 October 2010.[11] It goes on general release in the US on November 5, 2010.[12]

During the screenings at Telluride Film Festival, two people required medical attention. At the first screening, an audience member suffered from lightheadedness and was taken out of the screening on a gurney. During a subsequent screening, another viewer suffered a panic attack. It is unknown as to whether or not the "amputation scene" was the cause of the incidents.[13] Similar reactions were reported at the Toronto International Film Festival.[14]


127 Hours has received positive reviews. Review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 92% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 9 reviews, with an average score of 7.9/10.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e Sciretta, Peter (August 24, 2010). "Movie Trailer: Danny Boyle's 127 Hours". /Film. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Indrisek, Scott (April 27, 2010). "Lizzy Caplan on 'Party Down' and Her 'True Blood' Nude Scenes". BlackBook Magazine. Retrieved July 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Thompson, Anne (November 6, 2009). "Nine Things I Learned at BAFTA's Brittania Awards". indieWire. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Fleming, Mike (November 4, 2009). "Boyle, Searchlight Firm Mountaineer Tale". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Jury, Louise (August 13, 2010). "Danny Boyle's latest movie boosts London Film Festival". London Evening Standard. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ Colin, Robbie (November 15, 2009). "Tale of climber who amputated his own arm". News of the World. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Siegel, Tatiana (January 6, 2010). "James Franco puts in 'Hours'". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ Kemp, Stuart (June 17, 2010). "Boyle, Daldry to oversee Olympic ceremonies". The Hollywood Reporter (e5 Global Media). Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ Aron Ralston's insight helping form Boyle's ‘127 Hours', Washington Post, November 9, 2009.
  10. ^ "127 Hours". Toronto International Film Festival. 2010. Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  11. ^ Brooks, Xan (August 13, 2010). "Danny Boyle's 127 Hours to close London film festival". The Guardian. Archived from the original on August 27, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ Fischer, Russ (July 30, 2010). "Fox Searchlight Sets November 5th Release Date For Danny Boyle's '127 Hours'". /Film. Retrieved August 5, 2010. 
  13. ^ Nemiroff, Perri (September 7, 2010). "Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' Labeled "Too Intense" After Medics Called to Screenings". Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Audience faints at 'realistic' amputation film". September 15, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010. 
  15. ^ "127 Hours Movie Reviews, Pictures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 

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