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The Mountain (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | November 1956 (USA)
Selfish Chris Teller pressures his older brother, a retired climber, to accompany him on a treacherous Alpine climb to loot the bodies of plane crash victims.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Henri Troyat (novel), Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Zachary Teller
Robert Wagner ... Christopher 'Chris' Teller
Claire Trevor ... Marie
William Demarest ... Father Belacchi
Barbara Darrow ... Simone
Richard Arlen ... C.W. Rivial
E.G. Marshall ... Solange
Anna Kashfi ... Hindu Girl
Richard Garrick ... Coloz
Harry Townes ... Joseph
Stacy Harris ... Nicholas Servoz
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Andre
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Storyline

When a plane crashes on a mountaintop Chris wants to plunder the wreckage. His older brother Zachary has given up mountain guide work but goes along rather than letting his brother risk it alone. The only survivor is a Hindu girl who Chris wants to kill. Zachary fights him off. While Chris steals from the dead passengers, Zachary prepares a sled to take the girl down the mountain. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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IT FILLS THE SCREEN with Excitement and Suspense! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La montaña siniestra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,119,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although playing brothers, Spencer Tracy was thirty years older than Robert Wagner in real-life. Tracy played Wagner's father in Broken Lance (1954). See more »

Goofs

When Zachary and Chris are preparing the climb, Zachary takes the best rope, saying to Chris: "you'll be on the end of my rope; if something goes wrong, I'll be on the end of your rope. Wanna change?" Yet, the day after, we always see Zachary climbing with his rope on the backpack (a plain white one, so presumably the best "silk new one"), while Chris has no rope on his backpack: this means they are climbing using Chris's rope, the "second best one". See more »

Quotes

Father Belacchi: They're getting up a rescue party to climb the mountain.
Zachary Teller: Why, if everybody's dead?
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Connections

Referenced in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »

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A very good, solid film
14 April 2007 | by tohuSee all my reviews

This is a really good, solid film from the 1950s American era. Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner play two brothers who climb a mountain - but the characters and motives are very different, and there are twists in store when they reach the top.

Tracy is always watchable, and this is no exception. He plays a simple man, a good climber and a deeply honourable person. His younger brother (a very beautiful-looking 26-year old Robert Wagner) is everything he isn't: greedy, lazy, shallow and petulant. The climbing scenes are terrific. Even if you aren't interested in climbing (I'm not) they are so precise and tense you will find yourself mesmerised. But it's really the actors, and the relationship between the two characters, who hold your attention.

If you find this film on TV it's likely to be in the afternoon. And it's a very good way to spend a couple of hours. The cliché is unavoidable, but they really don't make them like this anymore!


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