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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.

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Christopher 'Chris' Teller
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Marie
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Father Belacchi
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Simone
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C.W. Rivial
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Solange
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Hindu Girl
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Coloz
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Joseph
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Nicholas Servoz
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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November 1956 (USA)  »

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La montaña siniestra  »

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$2,119,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 November 3, 1950. The flight, a Lockheed L-749A Constellation Malabar Princess, carried 40 passengers and eight crew on the Bombay-Cairo-Geneva-London route. It 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 »

Goofs

When Zachary exits the artificial climb section (the one where he uses pitons), in the shot where we see him frontally, the mountain far in the background is the same "Bald Mountain" he is supposed to be climbing. See more »

Quotes

Zachary Teller: You're sweating! Thinking of the dead men's money is making you sweat! I blame myself. It's my fault for you being like this. Somewhere I must have done something wrong for you to be like this.
Christopher 'Chris' Teller: You're not going to take me up there?
Zachary Teller: [Shakes his head] I haven't climbed in ten tears. That in itself would be enough if a man gets old... and besides, my hands are not as strong as they once were... and the mountain is aginst me. But all that there is, there's one thing more, the most important thing. ...
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Referenced in Pickup Alley (1957) See more »

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A solid film with great performances...
29 December 2002 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

This film has two fine performances from the great Spencer Tracy and the young Robert Wagner. The story is taut, suspenseful, and the climbing scenes are fantastic. If you haven't seen this film, check it out (it's shown regularly on American Movie Classics here in the USA and is also available on video). If you truly have an appreciation for good films and solid acting, you won't be disappointed.


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