127 Hours (DVD)

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A triumphant true story from Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire. The incredible true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a falling boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated slot canyon in Utah. With only a day's worth of water, a blunt penknife and an unwavering will to survive Aron does everything he can go make it out alive.

Product Details

Movies & TV
1 May 2011
Region 2
Sound Format
5.1 Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio
20th Century Fox
90 min
Age Restriction
Supply Source
South Africa


127 Hours
Release Year
Running Time
94 min
Dramas / Adventure / Mountains
US Box Office
$18.3 million
Official Website
Rotten Tomatoes®
93% 85%
James Franco stars in director Danny Boyle's inspiring survival drama based on the incredible true story of Aron Ralston, who became trapped alone in a Utah canyon for days after slipping on a loose rock, and resorted to extraordinary measures in order to make it out of his dire predicament alive. An experienced hiker and climber, Ralston (Franco) is very much in his element when he parks his truck by a mountain near Moab, UT, hops on his bike, and peddles to the middle of nowhere. Later, when Ralston encounters a pair of young female hikers who have gotten lost while searching for a local landmark, he jovially shows them a sight that most casual hikers miss before bidding them farewell and continuing on his way. Drifting through the canyons alone, deep in thought, however, the explorer who presumed he was ready for anything quickly discovers just how fast things can spin out of control when a rock gives way as he shimmies down a crevice, and pins his hand to the unforgiving wall of stone. Over the course of the next 127 hours, Ralston tries everything he can think of to free himself, flashing back to small but memorable events in his life -- as well as forward to the future that he might enjoy should he manage to wiggle free -- as his body begins the slow process of shutting down. Eventually realizing that the only way out is to leave part of himself behind, the exhausted, delirious adventurer draws his cheap made-in-China multi-tool, and does what it takes to survive.
Poster for 127 Hours
Cast & Crew
Danny Boyle
Kate Burton / James Franco / Kate Mara / Clemence Poesy / Amber Tamblyn
Lizzy Caplan
Simon Beaufoy / Danny Boyle
Source Writer
Aron Ralston / Author: Aron Ralston
A.R. Rahman
Director of Photography
Enrique Chediak / Anthony Dod Mantle
Song Composer
Rollo Armstrong
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"Boyle captures the intensity of Ralston's experience in a swift, agonizing, defiantly cinematic 90 minutes."
Scott Tobias (4 Nov 2010, )
Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "Boyle's direction packs a sense of urgency into every frame and fast-paced editing by Jon Harris is strong."
Pete Hammond (8 Sep 2010, )
Chicago Sun-Times
4 stars out of 4 -- "Boyle uses magnificent cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chedlak, establishing the vastness of the Utah wilderness, and the very specific details of Ralston's small portion of it."
Roger Ebert (10 Nov 2010, )
4 stars out of 5 -- "The vibrancy is there right from the start. We've known that Danny Boyle can work wonders with dark subject-matters..."
Damon Wise (7 Jan 2010, )
Entertainment Weekly
"Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS is a true-life adventure that turns into a one-man disaster movie -- and he darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes."
Owen Gleiberman (29 Oct 2010, )
Hollywood Reporter
"Boyle takes advantage of the beauty of the setting, familiar from many John Ford Westerns, but he also captures the inner life of the character. He is aided enormously by Franco, who pull off a virtual one-man show."
Stephen Farber (6 Sep 2010, )
Los Angeles Times
"127 HOURS is a nearly solitary tour de force as Franco moves through the various emotional and physical states that desperate straits churn up with such a naturalistic ease it gives the film a documentary feel."
Betsy Sharkey (5 Nov 2010, )
"Franco's scruffy-dog charm is the thing that keeps the story buoyant. He seals self-pity, even self-doubt, out of the performance."
Stephanie Zacharek (4 Nov 2010, )
New York Times
"[The] film, 127 HOURS, is itself the frequently dazzling and perpetually surprising solution to an imposing set of formal and creative conundrums. The stakes are not life and death, but rather life and art."
A. O. Scott (5 Nov 2010, )
Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Boyle] pumps every frame of 127 HOURS with cinematic adrenaline that declares war on the the dull gravity of docudrama."
Peter Travers (4 Nov 2010, )
Sight and Sound
"Boyle offers an excitedly externalised take on Ralston's thought-world....Franco is a major asset here, winkingly charismatic then disarmingly humble..."
Ben Walters (1 Feb 2011, )
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s Boyle's humanist thrust powers towards an ecstatic conclusion, it's the emotional cuts that linger."
Kevin Harley (1 Jan 2011, )
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] completely compelling film....Stunningly filmed, the landscape's harsh beauty provides a tactile, overwhelming backdrop to a terrifying but ultimately transcendent experience."
Neil Spencer (1 Feb 2011, )
USA Today
4 stars out of 4 -- "Only a truly visionary filmmaker could take a story largely set in a cramped canyon and give it a sense of openness and hope."
Claudia Puig (5 Nov 2010, )
Wall Street Journal
"[I]t's exciting, stirring, often funny, sometimes lyrical and unusually thoughtful."
(5 Nov 2010, )
Washington Post
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "With a nervy, vivid visual style and a commitment to humanism at its most life-affirming, Boyle makes the unbearable not just endurable, but beautiful."
(12 Nov 2010, )