Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara
Plot: 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on 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
Aron Ralston filmed a daily video diary while he was stuck in the canyon; parts of the video diary were shown on a televised special about his entrapment, however most of 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.
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.
James Franco was not Danny Boyle's first choice to play Ralston - Cillian Murphy was.
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.
127 hours is the length of time Aron Ralston was trapped.
Aron Ralston has since became a motivational speaker.
It took 13 men, a winch, and a hydraulic jack to lift the boulder high enough to retrieve Aron's arm from the canyon.
Aron Ralston did indeed record himself hallucinating, examining his life, and drinking his own urine.
It took roughly one hour for Aron to cut through his own arm.
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.
The scenes early in the film of Ralston's encounter with the two hikers were altered to portray Ralston showing them a hidden pool, when in reality he just showed them some basic climbing moves. Despite these changes, with which he was initially uncomfortable, Ralston says the rest of the film is "so factually accurate it is as close to a documentary as you can get and still be a drama".