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The Mountain (1956)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  November 1956 (USA)
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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
Stacy Harris ...
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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A Maldição da Montanha  »

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Although playing brothers, Spencer Tracy was 30 years older than Robert Wagner in real life. Tracy previously portrayed Wagner's father in the western Broken Lance (1954). 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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Referenced in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »

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a great small movie
1 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one great film.

The mountain climbing sequences are very impressively done and extremely well photographed.

Tracy is amazing as the righteously moral brother and his performance is nuanced as to not make it a caricature which could have easily happened in the type of character he was asked to portray.

Wagner has the more showy part as a villainous egomaniac, willing to do anything - even commit murder - to make his dreams of wealth come true.

I love films that deal with mountain climbing such as the Clint Eastwood film, The Eiger Sanction, but this film even beats that one!


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