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“127 Hours” movie made Dutch family world famous

Perhaps one of the most horrifying movie scenes in recent times is based on the adventure that the Dutch family Meijer experienced during their vacation in Utah.

127 Hours, which starts today in Dutch theaters, 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, scale a 65-foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. He is ultimately left with one decision, remain pinned in the crevice and die or amputate his own arm and survive.

During his attempts to reach the civilized world, he met the Dutch couple Eric and Monique Meijer and their 11-year-old son Andy.

The family was on holiday in America in May 2003. On one day they decide to visit Horseshoe Canyon. “We had a chat with a ranger there. He told that there has been a car parked for several days and that he was trying to find out to who it belongs. Afterwards we descended through a steep canyon, ” says Eric. To their surprise, the three then actually heard someone cry out for help.

The severely injured Aron Ralston came stumbling down our way. We ran to him and he said, “Hello my name is Aaron, I fell of a cliff on Sunday. I just cut of my hand four hours ago and I need medical attention.”
The true story of this man is now a film by Oscar winning director Danny Boyle. The Dutch family remains modest under the Hollywood adventure. “We are definitely not heroes. We have not found him, he found us. He is the real hero, ” said Eric Meyer in newspaper Spits.

See the trailer of 127 Hours below.