Valley Uprising

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8.11 h 38 min201413+
In the shady campgrounds of Yosemite, climbers carved out a counterculture of dumpster-diving and wild parties that clashed with the conservative values of the National Park Service. "Valley Uprising" is the riveting, unforgettable tale of this bold rock climbing tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity and society. Featuring Alex Honnold with narration by Peter Sarsgaard.
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Pete MortimerNick Rosen
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Peter Sarsgaard
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English [CC]
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Scott SenjoReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb Accuracy
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I lived in the Valley (summers only) from 1981 - 1990, working for the park concessionaire and climbing everything I could. I was passed on a few routes by John Bachar since he moved a lot faster than I did. Pete and Nick did an excellent job with Valley Uprising. Anyone that has ever stayed a while and slept under the stars there, either from a portaledge or campground, or both will appreciate the film. The comparing and contrasting of the different eras is excellent and the overall accuracy of the material is spot-on. The credits are sensitively done as there were many legends of the Valley and none probably ever worked for the NPS.
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Terra CReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great exploration of cultural phenomenon and history of climbing sport
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I enjoyed the balance of personal stories by climbing icons and the historical timeline of climbing. The movie did a decent job of illustrating changes that now put elite athletes and those cultivating their passion for the sport of climbing at odds with the Park Service (and lawyers who both minimize and exploit liability related issues), law enforcement (who've become more militarized and dangerous) and the need to welcome hoards of visitors seeking a semblance of calm and relative safety in one of the most spectacular settings on earth.

The movie left me with an appreciation for the dedication to the sport, albeit queasiness from the terrifying free climbs and base jumps, as well as a feeling of nostalgia about the days when camping meant more than pitching a tent three feet from the car and ten feet from strangers on the floor of the Valley, in a fish-bowl. There's a lot that's been lost. It's no longer possible to immerse oneself in the serenitiy of Yosemite and appreciate the splendor of the site, whether that's due to the insane tourism, base jumpers traumatizing visitors with their daredevil--and sometimes deadly--actions, or marauding rangers, hunting down peaceful campers.
User PersonReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Definitely some key climbers omitted but still a great film
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Great film! I agree that the film did leave out some extremely important events and people like Peter Croft, who with John Bachar was the first to climb El Cap and Half Dome in a Day and free soloed Astroman and the Rostrum. Not to mention all those backcountry free solo linkups. Not to mention he is the soul of traditional climbing. The omission of Peter Croft is pretty unimaginable. It's like the filmakers completely skipped the years between 1980 and 1990. Whatup? Nevertheless, there's a lot to cover in the history of Yosemite Climbing, so that aside, the film was great!

I started climbing the year JB and Peter climbed El Cap and Half Dome. The valley was like a playground and Camp 4 was free-spirited and full of climbers. The Rangers had not cracked down so hard and Tucker's milk truck was still in Camp 4. This film captured the spirit of those days in a way that made me long for those days of focus and freedom. The film conveys the extent to which climbing captures the imagination and obsession of people who are called to that lifestyle.

There is some great history in the film and in light of Jim Bridwell's passing, it seemed a fitting memorial.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stupid Law
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The Law states "...BASE jumping is illegal because it doesn't fit in with “the park's values”....safe environment for families and visitors"(Aug 2017) However rock climbing is still Legal. I myself am not going to go climb some rocks but if wearing a shoot makes it safer and the law is making it unsafe just because of "Values" then it really needs to be over turned. Rock climbing is dangerous as it is, and now you are going to outlaw a safety net? I get it homelessness in Cali is out of control however I don't think base jumping is your problem. I would be willing to check to make sure that they have their licence to para-shoot or something like that. I am thinking that they really don't want anyone climbing there rocks and just kick everyone out and just go to the mall. Well if they had base jumping tour i would probably go, however since they can't do that, and Amazon is a thing. Im not going to there mall. Therefore i am not going at all. Good luck with your park. I started proteseting.
will crowReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
makes ya miss the days
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there was a freedom to living back in the 70's that probably looked a little tighter than in the 60's and even the 50's, but it's the decade i remember. This movie will take you back to when, as Chouinard said: 'The rangers had degrees in biology not in marksmanship.' G.E.D. badge wearing, thugs have no appreciation for freedom and art.
The great outdoors got polluted by litter bugs, but it got constricted by legislation and storm troopers.
Millions of slack-jawed, couch hogs carting their flabby kids around on open air trams with million dollar RV's guzzling gas and spewing prime time shows take over the pristine, primeval forest.
Yes there were tragedies and we all got burned at some point, but the freedom to fall was enough to take the risk.
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Glama PussReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
This movie makes me want to...
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kick all the tourists out of Yosemite. Ok, overstatement but it was sad to see such a gorgeous place turn into a giant wilderness mall. While the idea of freedom can be subjective the wars between the climbers ad the rangers and their increasing rules & regulations made me want to punch someone. Ultimately the rangers realize the climbers and they have the same respect for the great land. Highly recommend.
Bob SwiftReviewed in the United States on January 11, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
revised response
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OK, Amazon has different versions of this movie and I discovered one that plays on my system. So my original comment is no longer valid.
Three stars because I was perhaps expecting something more. What exactly it's hard to say, but as a viewer, not a skilled reviewer, I can't say what exactly what. Perhaps the film-makers tried too much by attempting to combine an overall history of climbing with the actual uprising. Anything as complex as the evolution of climbing would be, I think, better presented as a series of films focussing on smaller bites from which an interested viewer could integrate his/her own conclusions. For example, I learned as much about Harding from not-in-the-Valley experiences as from the climbs done with him.
BobReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2015
1.0 out of 5 stars
This is NOT he valley Uprising movie! It is ...
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This is NOT he valley Uprising movie! It is a sanitized version edited for both tie and content for TV. Entire scenes have been removed. About 10 or 15 minutes of running time is missing. Amazon should have made this clear -- I wish I could get my money back. Go to sender films' website and buy the actual movie there.
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