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To fully enjoy the rugged outdoors adventure The Mountain, one must accept the notion that 55-year-old Spencer Tracy and 25-year-old Robert Wagner are brothers. Tracy plays veteran mountain guide Zachary Wheeler, who is coaxed out of retirement when a passenger plane crashes on high mountain. He decides it isn't worth risking his life to recover the bodies of the passengers, but hot-headed younger brother Chris (Robert Wagner), hoping to claim the victims' valuables, talks Zachary into accompanying him to the ...
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Overview

To fully enjoy the rugged outdoors adventure The Mountain, one must accept the notion that 55-year-old Spencer Tracy and 25-year-old Robert Wagner are brothers. Tracy plays veteran mountain guide Zachary Wheeler, who is coaxed out of retirement when a passenger plane crashes on high mountain. He decides it isn't worth risking his life to recover the bodies of the passengers, but hot-headed younger brother Chris (Robert Wagner), hoping to claim the victims' valuables, talks Zachary into accompanying him to the mountaintop. After their treacherous upward journey, the brothers discover that one of the passengers, a Hindu girl (Anna Kashfi), is still alive. Zachary wants to bring her back to safety, but the greedy Chris would rather abandon her and make off with the valuables. It is, inevitable, then, that not everyone involved is going to get off the mountain alive. A worthwhile character study enhanced by superb location photography, The Mountain is compromised by its overreliance on phony-looking studio "exteriors."
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Franz Planer's stunning cinematography and Edward Dmytryk's intense direction make the mountain climbing section of The Mountain engrossing and thrilling. True, its effectiveness does get dampened a bit by the fact that the mismatch between the location shooting and the studio sets are so blatant, but this doesn't damage the section seriously. If the entire film had been this exciting, Mountain would be a great film, rather than one that, on the whole, comes out just about average. The problem is that the story that is built around the mountain climbing is simply lousy. Even if one accepts the ludicrous notion of Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner as brothers, one still has to contend with the boredom that comes from Tracy being essentially a saint and Wagner being essentially a devil. It's all black-and-white with these two, and that lack of nuance and detail is very damaging. The fact that Tracy is on board helps tremendously, of course; even when playing a one-note character, Tracy finds a way to make him interesting. Wagner does the best that he can, but he's not up to the Herculean task as Tracy is. Dmytryk does what he can, trying to keep the story moving before, after and in between the shots ascending and descending the mountain, and his skill helps. But ultimately he's left with a film that is absolutely vibrant with life at its best but pretty dull otherwise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • UPC: 887090026000
  • Original Release: 1956
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,750

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Spencer Tracy Zachary Teller
Robert Wagner Chris Teller
Claire Trevor Marie
William Demarest Father Belacchi
Barbara Darrow Simone
Anna Kashfi Hindu Girl
Richard Arlen Rivial
E.G. Marshall Solange
Richard Garrick Coloz
Harry Townes Joseph
Stacy Harris Servoz
Yves Brainville Andre
Mary Adams Mayor's Wife
Richard H. Cutting Doctor
Jim Hayward Mayor
Technical Credits
Edward Dmytryk Director, Producer
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Frank Bracht Editor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
John P. Fulton Special Effects
John B. Goodman Art Director
Grace Gregory Set Decoration/Design
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Ranald MacDougall Screenwriter
William McGarry Asst. Director
Hal Pereira Art Director
Franz Planer Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mountain
1. The Crash [:11]
2. Rescue Party [8:38]
3. Failed Mission [14:58]
4. Brother's Keeper [15:03]
5. The Climb [4:39]
6. The Chimney [11:16]
7. The Wreckage [20:10]
8. True Colors [9:18]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2011

    Inspired a Generation of Suburban Kids to Climb

    This movie grabbed the attention of a generation of post-war baby-boomer kids and inspired them to go to the mountains.

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