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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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CHALLENGING AN IMPOSSIBLE MOUNTAIN--SEARCHING FOR A WRECKED AIRLINER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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November 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La montaña siniestra  »

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

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(Technicolor)

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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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Connections

Referenced in Pickup Alley (1957) See more »

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Nice scenery
19 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I had hazy memories of this movie from TV screenings many years ago. I remembered it as being pretty good, but having recently watched it again on Blu-ray, it is pretty slow and boring. The casting problem which others have mentioned does grate and Wagner's character seems like an idiot. Robbing a bank would be a lot less risky if he was bent on a life of crime. Nobody attempts an authentic accent but Tracy compensates by speaking veeeery slowly and was clearly in no condition to climb a flight of stairs, never mind a mountain. The VistaVision photography is good and the juxtaposition of location and studio footage is well handled but it's all a bit predictable.


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