Seven Years in Tibet (1997) Movie

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(Hollywood) USA

Ratings / Votes
6.8/ 10 (59113 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for some violent sequences

Production Company
Mandalay Entertainment [us] - (presents)
Milestones Productions Inc. [ca]
Reperage & Vanguard Films - (as Reperage and Vanguard Films)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(Canada) - 13 September 1997
(USA) - 8 October 1997
(Germany) - 13 November 1997
(Switzerland) - 14 November 1997
(Ireland) - 21 November 1997

Running Time

At the end of the world his real journey began.

1930s, adventurer, austria, avalanche, based-on-book, bonding, box-office-flop, buddha, buddhism, buddhist, china, chinese, chinese-military, climbing, country-name-in-title, culture-clash, dalai-lama, divorce, egoism, escape, ethnic-cleansing, father-son-relationship, food-poisoning, foreigner, friendship,

Technical Support
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Lightweight, Panavision Primo Lenses
CAM:Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
LAB:Technicolor, USA
MET:3717 m - (Sweden)
MET:3732 m
MET:3800 m
OFM:35 mm - (Eastman EXR 50D 5245, Kodak Vision 320T 5277, Vision 500T 5279)
PCS:Panavision - (anamorphic)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:2.35 : 1

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Full Cast

  1. Apo-Tsang, Karma as [Messenger to Great Mother] <33>
  2. Bidhartsang, Sonam as [Jacket Vendor] <27>
  3. Blythe, Benedick as [Nazi Official] <17>
  4. Chandu, Lama Champa as [Dalai Lama's Room Attendant] <31>
  5. Chemchok as [Garpon's Agent] <21>
  6. Cheshatsang, Yama Ngudup as [Burly Guide] <25>
  7. Chojor, Ngawang as (as Ven. Ngawang Chojor) [Lord Chamberlain] <15>
  8. Denzongpa, Danny as [Regent] <5>
  9. Dhargyal, Samdup as [The Garpon] <20>
  10. Dongtse, Ama Ashe as [Tashi] <11>
  11. Ebert, Gerardo as [Horst Immerhof] <39>
  12. Fraser, Duncan (II) as [British Officer] <16>
  13. Haddox, Victor A. as (uncredited) [Priest at Graz Train Station]
  14. Jangchub, Tenzin as (as Ven. Tenzin Jangschub) [Declaration Monk Official] <22>
  15. Kriechbaum, Philipp as [Older Rolf Harrer] <41>
  16. Lekshe, Lama Jampa as [Monk Head of Security] <36>
  17. Lungtok, Kalsang Dhundop as [Vendor Ice-Skates] <26>
  18. Mako (I) as [Kungo Tsarong] <4>
  19. Nugdup, Lama Thupten as [Head of Security's Aide] <37>
  20. Nyma, Geshe Lobsang as [Ling Rinpoche] <29>
  21. Pitt, Brad as [Heinrich Harrer] <1>
  22. Raudaschl, Tom as [Lutz Chicken] <18>
  23. Rinpoche, Lobsang Gendun as [Tibetan] <42>
  24. Rinpoche, Sharpa Tulku as [Tibetan] <44>
  25. Rinpoche, Tenzin Gyaltsen as [Tibetan] <43>
  26. Rinpoche, Zongra Tulku as [Tibetan] <45>
  27. Sherpa, Angphurba as (as Major Angphurba Sherpa) [Tibetan General] <23>
  28. Sherpa, Pemba Norbu as [Young Sherpa] <32>
  29. Tedeschi, Daniel (I) as [Marchese] <38>
  30. Tenzingyatso, Ngawang as (as Ven. Ngawang Tenzin Gyatso) [Jokhang Monk Official] <34>
  31. Thewlis, David as [Peter Aufschnaiter] <2>
  32. Tonninger, Wolfgang as [Hans Lobenhoffer] <19>
  33. Tsering, Choeden as [Military Instructor] <35>
  34. Tsering, Dorjee as [Dalai Lama, 4 Years Old] <13>
  35. Tsondu, Lama Champa as [Watch Vendor] <28>
  36. Tsultrim, Geshe Yeshi as [Trijang Rinpoche] <30>
  37. Wangchuk, Jamyang Jamtsho as [Dalai Lama, 14 Years Old] <8>
  38. Wangchuk, Sonam as [Dalai Lama, 8 Years Old] <12>
  39. Wangdue, Tsering as [Burly Guide] <24>
  40. Wong, BD as [Ngawang Jigme] <3>
  41. Wong, Victor (III) as [Chinese 'Amban'] <6>
  42. Young, Ric as [General Chang Jing Wu] <14>
  43. Zevalia, Sebastian as [Younger Rolf Harrer] <40>
  44. Dapkunaite, Ingeborga as [Ingrid Harrer] <7>
  45. Pema, Jetsun as [Great Mother] <10>
  46. Tsamchoe, Lhakpa as [Pema Lhaki] <9>


  1. Adventure
  2. Biography
  3. Drama
  4. History
  5. War

Full Plot

After the death of 11 climbers, Austrian Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) decides to add glory to his country and to the German pride by climbing Nanga Parbat in British India, and leaves his expectant wife behind. Egoist and a loner, he does not get along with others on his team - but must bend to their wishes after bad weather threatens them. Then WWII breaks out, they are arrested and lodged in Dehra Dun's P.O.W. Camp. He attempts to break out in vain several times, but finally does succeed along with Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), and end up in the holy city of Lhasa - a place banned to foreigners. They are provided food and shelter, and Peter ends up marrying a tailor, Pema Lhaki, while Heinrich befriends the Dalai Lama. He meets regularly to satiate the child's curiosity about the world, including Jack the Ripper and 'yellow hair'; in return he is exposed to teachings of Lord Buddha and even constructs a movie theater, while getting news of the end of the war; his divorce; and his son's refusal to communicate. But nothing will prepare him for the devastation about to descend when Communist China decides to attack, leading to the deaths of over 1 million Tibetans, destruction of over 6000 monasteries, and betrayal from their very own people. rAjOo ( Heinrich Harrer runs from trouble at home in WWII Austria to climb Mt. Nanga Parbat. After meeting unforseen obstacles, he comes into contact with the forbidden city of Lhasa. Scott Hussey Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas to climb mountains, leaving his wife behind in Austria. War breaks out while he's gone and he is placed in a prisoner-of-war camp. Harrer escapes to Tibet where he befriends the childhood Dalai Lama and witnesses the Tibetan/Chinese confrontation escalate. John Hawkinson Heinrich Harrer is an Austrian mountaineer who is forced to be a hero for the Nazi propaganda. He leaves Austria in 1939 to climb a mountain in the Himalayas. Through a series of circumstances (including POW camp), he and fellow climber Peter Aufschnaiter become the only two foreigners in the Tibetan Holy City of Lhasa. There, Heinrich's life changes forever as he becomes a close confidant to the Dalai Lama. Afterbuner Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 2,538,439 (France) (27 January 1998) AD: 1,967,041 (France) (30 December 1997) AD: 672,461 (France) (opening week) AD: 1,868,939 (Germany) (19 January 1998) AD: 1,800,675 (Germany) (12 January 1998) AD: 1,705,899 (Germany) (5 January 1998) AD: 1,555,277 (Germany) (29 December 1997) AD: 1,399,479 (Germany) (22 December 1997) AD: 1,270,935 (Germany) (15 December 1997) AD: 1,093,334 (Germany) (8 December 1997) AD: 890,706 (Germany) (1 December 1997) AD: 612,132 (Germany) (24 November 1997) AD: 259,865 (Germany) (17 November 1997) (opening week) AD: 871,855 (Netherlands) (31 December 1998) AD: 316,589 (Netherlands) (1 January 1998) BT: USD 70,000,000 GR: USD 37,901,509 (USA) (8 February 1998) GR: USD 37,848,997 (USA) (1 February 1998) GR: USD 37,762,974 (USA) (25 January 1998) GR: USD 37,555,985 (USA) (21 December 1997) GR: USD 37,517,500 (USA) (14 December 1997) GR: USD 37,416,715 (USA) (7 December 1997) GR: USD 37,217,962 (USA) (30 November 1997) GR: USD 36,788,214 (USA) (23 November 1997) GR: USD 36,110,878 (USA) (16 November 1997) GR: USD 34,069,860 (USA) (9 November 1997) GR: USD 31,024,041 (USA) (2 November 1997) GR: USD 26,306,590 (USA) (26 October 1997) GR: USD 19,752,365 (USA) (19 October 1997) GR: USD 10,066,508 (USA) (12 October 1997) GR: USD 93,500,000 (Worldwide) (1 February 1998) (except USA) GR: USD 79,800,000 (Worldwide) (11 January 1998) (except USA) GR: USD 61,400,000 (Worldwide) (4 January 1998) (except USA) GR: USD 38,000,000 (Worldwide) (28 December 1997) (except USA) GR: USD 36,800,000 (Worldwide) (21 December 1997) (except USA) GR: USD 15,900,000 (Worldwide) (30 November 1997) (except USA) GR: DEM 20,927,777 (Germany) (12 January 1998) GR: DEM 19,881,902 (Germany) (5 January 1998) GR: DEM 18,220,868 (Germany) (29 December 1997) GR: DEM 14,965,605 (Germany) (15 December 1997) GR: DEM 12,914,549 (Germany) (8 December 1997) OW: USD 10,066,508 (USA) (12 October 1997) (2,103 screens) SD: 30 September 1996 - 7 March 1997

Movie Certificate

PG (Canada)(Ontario)
U (Malaysia)
Livre (Brazil)(DVD rating)
12 (Iceland)
12 (South Korea)
13 (Argentina)
M (Australia)
14 (Chile)
K-12 (Finland)
U (France)
12 (Germany)(bw)
B (Mexico)
12 (Netherlands)
11 (Norway)
M/12 (Portugal)
13 (Spain)
11 (Sweden)
PG-13 (USA)(No. 35080)

Music Composers

  1. Williams, John (I)


  1. Fraisse, Robert (director of photography)

Dress Designers

  1. Sabbatini, Enrico (I)


AXN [jp] - (2007) (Japan) (TV)
Columbia TriStar Egmont Film Distributors [fi] - (1998) (Finland) (theatrical)
Columbia TriStar Films AB [se] - (1998) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Columbia TriStar Home Video [us] - (1998) (USA) (DVD)
Columbia TriStar Home Video [us] - (1998) (USA) (VHS)
Columbia TriStar Home Video [us] - (1998) (USA) (video) (laserdisc)
Columbia TriStar Home Video [us] - (1999) (USA) (DVD)
Columbia TriStar Home Video [us] - (2003) (USA) (DVD) (superbit)
Constantin Film [de] - (1997) (Germany) (theatrical)
Egmont Film [se] - (1998) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Egmont Film [se] - (1998) (Sweden) (VHS)
Entertainment Film Distributors [gb] - (1997) (UK) (theatrical)
Filmes Lusomundo [pt] - (1998) (Portugal) (theatrical)
Gativideo [ar] - (199?) (Argentina) (VHS)
Herald Film Company [jp] - (1997) (Japan) (theatrical)
Líder Films [es] - (1998) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Nea Kinisi - (1997) (Greece) (theatrical)
Nea Kinisi Video - (1998) (Greece) (VHS)
Nordisk Film [se] - (2000) (Sweden) (DVD)
RCV Film Distribution [be] - (199?) (Belgium) (theatrical)
RCV Film Distribution [lu] - (199?) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
RCV Film Distribution [nl] - (1997) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (1998) (Netherlands) (VHS)
RCV Home Entertainment [nl] - (2003) (Netherlands) (DVD) (VHS)
Roadshow Entertainment Video [au] - (Australia) (VHS)
Roadshow Entertainment [au] - (1997) (Australia) (theatrical)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [nl] - (2007) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [nl] - (2007) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [se] - (2008) (Sweden) (DVD)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [se] - (2008) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment [us] - (2007) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Spectra Nova [br] - (2008) (Brazil) (DVD)
The Movie Channel (TMC) [us] - (2011) (USA) (TV)
Top Tape [br] - (2000) (Brazil) (DVD)
Top Tape [br] - (????) (Brazil) (VHS)
TriPictures [es] - (1997) (Spain) (theatrical)
TriStar Pictures [us] - (1997) (USA) (theatrical)

Film Editors

  1. Boisson, Noëlle


  1. Aguirre, Juan (I) (assistant accountant) (uncredited)
  2. Aguirre, Patricia (V) (assistant accountant) (uncredited)
  3. Aizenberg, Ana (production associate: Argentina)
  4. Alfonsín, Mercedes (buyer: Argentina)
  5. Annaud, Laurence Duval (advisor)
  6. Annaud, Laurence Duval (script supervisor)
  7. Arnold, Stacy (I) (office assistant: Los Angeles and Argentina)
  8. Athans, Pete (production assistant: High Himalayas, Himalaya)
  9. Bakshi, G.D. (catering supervisor: Argentina)
  10. Bannerman, Celia (acting coach)
  11. Barry, Jasmine (production office coordinator: Canada)
  12. Bataille, Veronique (assistant: Mr. Annaud, Paris/Argentina)
  13. Baumgartner, Leo (I) (location manager: Austria)
  14. Beeson, Steve (production accountant: Argentina)
  15. Benton, Bi (production office coordinator: Argentina)
  16. Berkery, Barbara (dialogue coach: Argentina)
  17. Bodycomb, Charles (armorer: Argentina)
  18. Boutillier, Philippe (sculpture supervisor: Argentina)
  19. Breashears, David (unit director: High Himalayan)
  20. Cardinal, Brigitte (sculptor: Argentina)
  21. Castilla, Elias Eljiadue (robes dyer: Argentina)
  22. Chogyal, Tenzin (advisor: Tibetan religion, Argentina) (as Ven. Tenzin Chogyal)
  23. Claire, Dama (production consultant) (uncredited)
  24. Clarke, Dale (I) (armorer: Argentina)
  25. Colvin, Geneviève Thomas (assistant: Mr. Carr)
  26. Cortes, Carolina (II) (production assistant) (uncredited)
  27. Cuervo, Horacio (unit doctor: Argentina) (as Dr. Horacio Cuervo)
  28. d'Arcy, Susan (unit publicist: Argentina)
  29. Dallanegra, Paul (security consultant: Argentina)
  30. Fidlow, Bennett (additional legal services) (uncredited)
  31. Grassi, Augusto (jeweler) (uncredited)
  32. Grassi, Augusto (leather work master) (uncredited)
  33. Haddox, Jack W. (production auditor) (as Jack Haddox)
  34. Hadzimuratovic, Lejla (assistant to associate producer) (uncredited)
  35. Harper, Tarn (post-production accountant)
  36. Jimpa, Ngawang (advisor: Tibetan history, Argentina) (as Professor Ngawang Jimpa)
  37. Johnson, Ryan R. (assistant to head of production) (uncredited)
  38. Kapur, Ajai (I) (production coordinator) (uncredited)
  39. Levi, Alejandro (celebrity personal assistant) (uncredited)
  40. Lindsey, David (I) (security consultant: Argentina)
  41. Lowe, Iain (supervising rigger: Argentina)
  42. Mancino, Domenico (accessories specialist: Argentina)
  43. Mannion, Maeve (assistant production accountant) (uncredited)
  44. Martins, Caito (location manager: Argentina)
  45. Matossi, Sandra (production accountant: Canada) (uncredited)
  46. Mehra, Rakesh (I) (assistant location manager: Argentina)
  47. Morrison, Richard (I) (title designer) (uncredited)
  48. Moulin, Catherine (I) (producer: Himalaya)
  49. Mounsey, Robin (location manager)
  50. Mounsey, Robin (security officer)
  51. Murthi, G.D. (production accountant: Argentina)
  52. Nevin, Anne (production office coordinator: Argentina)
  53. North, Frédéric (helicopter pilot: Austria) (as Fred North)
  54. O'Farrell, Mike (I) (catering coordinator: Argentina)
  55. Pearce, Linda (I) (assistant production office coordinator: Canada)
  56. Peralta Ramos, Marina (production office coordinator: Argentina)
  57. Rinpoche, Rakra Tethong (advisor: Tibetan tradition, Argentina)
  58. Robertson, John (VI) (supervising rigger: Argentina)
  59. Schmouker, Brigitte (script supervisor: second unit)
  60. Smith, Kim (IV) (assistant production accountant) (uncredited)
  61. Tethong, Tenzin (advisor: Tibet)
  62. Valli, Eric (unit director: Himalayan)
  63. Vickery, Chris (I) (unit nurse: Himalaya)


Heinrich Harrer: Ugh! Butter tea, it was never my cup of tea. [Peter begins to pour another cup] Heinrich Harrer: No, no, no. One was enough. Peter Aufschnaiter: [continues pouring] Yes. We must follow the custom. A fresh cup of tea is poured for the loved one departing. [picks up the tea] Peter Aufschnaiter: No, no, no, no, no. It sits untouched, waiting for his return. Dalai Lama: We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good. [On the Himalayas] Heinrich Harrer: A place rich with all the strange beauty of your nighttime dreams. Construction worker: In a past life this worm could have been your mother. Dalai Lama: Do you think someday people will get Tibet on their movie screens and wonder what happened to us? Heinrich Harrer: I have nothing to do with your silly war. Ngawang Jigme: Hello, my friend. We did what was best for our country, for Tibet. Heinrich Harrer: On the way to Lhasa I would see Tibetans wearing those jackets. 'Chinese soldiers very nice. Give food, clothes and money. Very nice.' It's strange to me that something so harmless as a jacket can symbolize such a great lie. Ngawang Jigme: After all these years you still don't understand our Tibetan ways. To return a gift is unforgivable. Heinrich Harrer: A man who betrays his culture shouldn't preach about its customs. There was a time I would have wished you dead but your shame will be your torture and your torture will be your life. I wish it to be long. Heinrich Harrer: In my humble opinion, this is ridiculous. Peter Aufschnaiter: Well, then, since you're so humble, we won't ask your opinion. Dalai Lama: ...You can not ask a devout people to disregard a precious teaching. Heinrich Harrer: Yes but Your Holiness, with due respect, erm, we can't possibly [laughs] I'm sorry, but we can't possibly save all the worms! Not if you want a theater in this lifetime. Dalai Lama: You have a clever mind. Think of a solution. And in the meantime you can explain to me, what is an elevator. Heinrich Harrer: It's strange to me that something so harmless as a jacket could symbolize such a great lie. Heinrich Harrer: There was a time that I would have wished you dead but your shame shall be your torture and your torture will be your life! I wish it to be long. Peter Aufschnaiter: You should have told me how bad that wound was. I should take a look at it. I can sew it up. Heinrich Harrer: It's not your problem. Peter Aufschnaiter: Actually it is my problem. It's my life. Heinrich Harrer: What? Peter Aufschnaiter: When you conceal serious injury and put my life at risk I consider that my problem. Heinrich Harrer: No, you put your life at risk. I saved it so shut up! Peter Aufschnaiter: Please, it's not your place. Heinrich Harrer: Shut up! Peter Aufschnaiter: Next time you lie about an injury, Heinrich, you're off the team. Heinrich Harrer: Try it. Ingrid Harrer: [in a letter] Dear Heinrich. Please sign the divorce papers and send them to my lawyer. Horst and I intend to be married as soon as the divorce is finalized. As for your letter, yes, your son Rolf Harrer was born while you were climbing the mountain. He is now two years old and calls Horst papa. When he is old enough I'll tell him his real father was lost in the Himalayas. It seems the kindest thing to say since you never wanted the child anyway. Needless to say I have to intentions resolving our differences as you suggested. They were resolved the moment you left Austria. I'm sorry you have been imprisoned in India and hope this dreadful war will soon be over for everyone's sake. Peter Aufschnaiter: Oh, by the way, I heard the Japanese have retreated all the way back to Shanghai. So even if you make it to the Chinese border you may have difficulties catching up with them. Heinrich Harrer: I don't care if they've retreated all the way back to Tokyo. Peter Aufschnaiter: You should if you want to get back to Austria. Heinrich Harrer: But I don't. Peter Aufschnaiter: You don't what? Heinrich Harrer: Plan to go back. Peter Aufschnaiter: Why not? Heinrich Harrer: No particular reason. But when you get there tell my wife that two years in prison camp is roughly equal ant to four years of marriage and I'm glad to be free of them both. Peter Aufschnaiter: Know what time it is? You think I'm so happy to be travelling with you I should pay for it? You're such a big man that you don't need to contribute? Heinrich Harrer: You have a problem, Peter? Peter Aufschnaiter: It reminds me of what you said at the bazaar back there. 'If I had a watch like that I would trade it.' You do not have one, you cheap, lying bastard! You have three! Heinrich Harrer: This is junk from some Italian prisoners. Peter Aufschnaiter: I don't give a shit! Haven't you ever heard of a principle? Heinrich Harrer: What principle? What? You want a watch? Go ahead, take one, and keep your principles. Peter Aufschnaiter: Look at you! Caught being a selfish brat and you're gloating! Heinrich Harrer: You're acting like an old woman, Peter. What do you want? Peter Aufschnaiter: Try apologizing. Try feeling a little remorse. And for all that's fair try to wipe that smirk off your face! Heinrich Harrer: In this place where time stands still it seems like everything is moving. Including me. I can't say I know where I'm going nor if my bad deeds can be purified. There are so many things I have done that I regret. But when I come to a full stop I hope you understand that the distance between us is not as great as it seems. Heinrich Harrer: That's the Olympic gold medal. Not important. Pema Lhaki: This is another great difference between our civilization and yours. You admire the man who pushes his way to the top in any walk of life, while we admire the man who abandons his ego. Dalai Lama: Do you listen to news from your country? Heinrich Harrer: From Austria? No, not really. Give me some light, Kundun. Dalai Lama: Why? It's your home. Heinrich Harrer: Not anymore it isn't. Dalai Lama: But don't you have friends and family there? Heinrich Harrer: A few friends, no family. Keep the light steady, your Holiness. Dalai Lama: Why? Is everyone dead? Heinrich Harrer: Do you know there's another way a sentence can be constructed than a question? I was married but I'm divorced. Dalai Lama: What did you do? Heinrich Harrer: I didn't want a child so I ran away to climb a mountain. Dalai Lama: I can't sleep. I'm afraid the dream might come back. Heinrich Harrer: A couple of insomniacs. Dalai Lama: Tell me a story, Heinrich. Tell me a story about climbing mountains. Heinrich Harrer: That's one way to fall asleep. Those stories bore even me. Dalai Lama: Then tell me what you love about it. Heinrich Harrer: The absolute simplicity. That's what I love. When you're climbing your mind is clear and free from all confusions. You have focus. And suddenly the light becomes sharper, the sounds are richer and you're filled with the deep, powerful presence of life. I've only felt that one other time. Dalai Lama: When? Heinrich Harrer: In your presence, Kundun. Heinrich Harrer: You have to leave. You have to leave Tibet, Kundun. Your life's at great risk. Forgive my presumption but I have made arrangements to get you out safely. We should leave directly after the enthronement, the Chinese won't expect it. Dalai Lama: How can I help people if I run away from them? What kind of leader would I be? I have to stay here, Heinrich. Serving others is my path to deliberation. Heinrich Harrer: Then I don't go either. Dalai Lama: Why not? Heinrich Harrer: Because you are my path to deliberation. Dalai Lama: The Buddha said 'Salvation doesn't come from the sight of me. It demands strenuous effort and practise. So work hard and seek your own salvation constantly.' I am not your son. And I've never thought of you as my father. You've been much too informal to me for that. Do you ever think about him? [Heinrich cries, nodding] And what do you think about? Heinrich Harrer: It's not a conscious thought really, Kundun. He is always there. When I crossed Tibet he was with me. When I came to Lhasa he was with me. When I sit beside you he is there with me. I can't even imagine how to picture the world without him in it. Heinrich Harrer: You're a seamstress. Pema Lhaki: I'm a tailor, sir. The only tailor in Lhasa who has been to Calcutta and can reproduce these silly costumes. Heinrich Harrer: So much time to question oneself is... not good. Heinrich Harrer: If only my hand could express, what is in my heart. [meeting with the Chinese generals] Dalai Lama: Until I attain my majority, the regent is the political leader of Tibet. You should have requested an audience with him to discuss these important matters of the world. My experience of such things is limited. I am a simple Buddhist monk. All I know is the scripture and the words of Lord Buddha. He said, "All beings tremble before danger and death. Life is dear to all. When a man considers this, he does not kill, or cause to kill." You must understand, these words are ingrained in the heart of every Tibetan. It is why we are a peaceful people who reject violence on principle. I pray you will see this as our greatest strength, not our weakness. I thank you for your visit. Dalai Lama: [throws some incense] An offering to the Enlightened ones. General Chang Jing Wu: [getting up to leave] Religion is poison.

Other Titles

  1. Sette anni in Tibet (1997) (ENG)

  2. Sieben Jahre in Tibet (1997) (ENG)

  3. Sieben Jahre in Tibet (1997) (ENG)

  4. Sieben Jahre in Tibet (1997) (GER)

  5. Sette anni in Tibet (1997) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
  2. La plata, Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina
  3. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, England, UK
  4. Lienz, Tirol, Austria
  5. Mendoza, Argentina
  6. Santiago, Chile
  7. Tibet, China
  8. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


- Director 'Jean-Jacques Annaud' (qv) sent a team to Tibet to secretly film footage. About 20 minutes of it made it into the finished film. This was kept secret even after the film's premiere and not known until summer 1999.

- 'Jetsun Pema' (qv) is the real-life sister of the 'The Dalai Lama' (qv). In this film she plays the mother of the 'The Dalai Lama' (qv) and hence her own mother.

- Because of their roles in the movie, 'David Thewlis' (qv) and 'Brad Pitt' (qv) are banned from ever entering China.

- In the scene where Heinrich confronts Ngawang, the director did not tell 'BD Wong' (qv) the script called for 'Brad Pitt' (qv) to throw him into the dirt; Wong's reaction is completely authentic.

- 'Brad Pitt' (qv) was paid $8 million for appearing in the film.

- The real Heinrich Harrer joked that "'Brad Pitt' (qv) was a terrible choice to play me. At that age I was much better looking than him."

- Upon release, the film was condemned by the government of the People's Republic of China who claimed that the Communist Chinese military officers depicted were intentionally shown as being impolite and arrogant. They also objected to the positive depiction of the Dalai Lama.