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.

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Zachary Teller
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Christopher 'Chris' Teller
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Marie
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Father Belacchi
Barbara Darrow ...
Simone
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C. W. Rivial
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Solange
Anna Kashfi ...
Hindu Girl
Richard Garrick ...
Coloz
Harry Townes ...
Joseph
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Nicholas Servoz
Yves Brainville ...
Andre
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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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November 1956 (USA)  »

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La montaña siniestra  »

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$2,119,000 (estimated)
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The film is based on the 1952 novel 'La neige en deuil' written by French novelist Henri Troyat. The novel itself is inspired by the Air India Flight 245 crash into Mont-Blanc, France, on 3rd of November 1950. The flight, operating a Lockheed L-749A Constellation Malabar Princess, carried 40 passengers and 8 crew on the route Bombay-Cairo-Geneva-London. The aircraft hit the face of the Rochers De la Tournette 4,677 m (15,344 ft) on the French side of Mont Blanc killing all on board. In 1966, Air India Flight 101 crashed in the same approximate area. In 2013, a climber found a cache of jewelry that is speculated to have been aboard one of these two flights. See more »

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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 »

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Father Belacchi: They're getting up a rescue party to climb the mountain.
Zachary Teller: Why, if everybody's dead?
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Excellent performances in a beautifully done film!
6 October 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

If you're looking for a slam-bang action film, look elsewhere. If you want a suspenseful and engrossing drama with solid characters, then look no further. "THE MOUNTAIN" is a first-class motion picture. Spencer Tracy is superb. Robert Wagner is wonderful. The cinematography is first-rate, as is the musical score and all other technical aspects of the film. If you've never seen "THE MOUNTAIN", rent it tonight.


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