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Spencer's Mountain (1963)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family  |  16 May 1963 (USA)
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Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Preacher Clyde Goodman
Claris Coleman
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Lillian Bronson ...
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Colonel Coleman
Kathy Bennett ...
Minnie-Cora Cook
Percy Cook
Mother Ida
Ken Mayer ...
Mr. John


Clay Spencer is a hard-working man who loves his wife and large family. He is respected by his neighbors and always ready to give them a helping hand. Although not a churchgoer, he even helps a newly arrived local minister regain his flock after he and Clay get into a bit of trouble. If he has one dream in life it's to build his wife Olivia a beautiful house on a piece of land he inherited on Spender's mountain. When his eldest son, Clayboy, graduates at the top of his high school class and has the opportunity to go to college, Clay has only one option left to him. Written by garykmcd

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Clayboy's schoolteacher impresses upon Clayboy the following phrase, "The world steps aside to let a man pass, if he knows where he is going"


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Release Date:

16 May 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Os Nove Irmãos  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Delmer Daves' granddaughter, Michele Daves, made her only film appearance to date in this movie, appearing as the youngest Spencer child, baby Donnie. See more »


When Clayboy leads rescuers to his father and grandfather, who have been crushed under a gigantic spruce his father had been chopping down, there are freshly sawed limbs showing as Clayboy climbs into the fallen tree to show the men where to cut. See more »


Clayboy Spencer: They think they can give me a college education
Olivia Spencer: Well, I vow sometimes educated people has less brains than fools
Clayboy Spencer: Wouldn't you want me to go?
Olivia Spencer: I'd rather you go to college than anything in the whole world, but just where they think we can raise that kind of money when your father even worked overtime to get you a graduation ring, did you ever see university boys, there rich boys, their daddys have money or they wouldn't even let them inside the gates.
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Followed by A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1982) See more »


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My favorite movie
19 June 2003 | by (Kalamazoo, Michigan) – See all my reviews

When I joined the IMDB community, I was asked about my favorite movie. I was at a loss for about five minutes, trying to think of movies that I could truly consider my favorite. This movie finally won over the others I considered when I realized that a favorite is something personal and beyond reproach - you may hate this movie, but I saw at the perfect time of my life and now it means much more to me than it probably could otherwise.

Henry Fonda turns in an excellent performance, which is testimony to his work ethic - he vocally denounced the script as "corny" enough to throw back Hollywood film-making 20 years. The children are troopers of the same era as other classic family movies, ala Disney's "Swiss Family Robinson." I imagine the casting companies used were the same.

This movie accomplishes what it sets out to do - make you care about the Spencer family, their desire for respect and honor, and the sacrifices they make to do what they think is right. There are many moments in this movie where you could be moved to tears.

An emotional movie with, dare I say it, a lot of heart. It is my favorite movie.

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