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My Side of the Mountain (1969)

As young Sam Gribley runs away he learns about nature.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Gribley (as Teddy Eccles)
Tudi Wiggins ...
Miss Turner
Cosette Lee ...
Apple Lady
Ralph Endersby ...
Boy In Soda Fountain
George Allan ...
Boy In Soda Fountain
Dan McIlravey ...
Little Boy On Bus
Frank Perry ...
Mr. Gribley
Peggi Loder ...
Mrs. Gribley
Tom Harvey ...
Deer Poacher
Larry Reynolds ...
Deer Poacher
Patrick Peuvion ...
Gina Dick ...
Mary Gribley
Karen Pearson ...
Prudence Gribley

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Sam, a brilliant child, leaves home for the mountains after being told that the family summer trip has been canceled, thus preventing him from doing the algae experiments he had planned for that summer. The film chronicles his struggle for independence, and with the forces of natures. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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A boy who dreams of leaving civilization.


Adventure | Family


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Release Date:

25 June 1969 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Jahr als Robinson  »

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2.35 : 1
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Henry David Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. See more »


After being so long in the wilderness Sam Gribley's hair should have grown a lot longer. See more »


Bando: You know, you've done some amazing things here, Sam. Hollowed out a whole little world for yourself. I bet there's not another boy in the whole civilized world who's done anything like it.
Sam: Yeah, but that's not why I came.
Miss Turner: Why did you come, Sam?
Sam: Well, I came because I thought the only way to know nature was to live with it. Like Thoreau. You know? And I came because of my experiments. I learned all about algae under the conditions of nature. And I learned about survival. And... I learned about ...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) See more »


Baby Elephant Walk
from Hatari! (1962)
Music by Henry Mancini
Arranged by Jerry Bilik
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A beautiful memory
7 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have had this film etched upon my memory ever since I saw it around 35 years ago as a 7/ 8 year old in cinema in North London. I have never seen it since, but I remember, rather like the solitude of the boy in the film, being left at the cinema by my mother and then picked up outside long after the film had finished - this was a different era after all, kids were given much more freedom to roam then. So being apart from my family helped me get into the character of the boy completely and I guess I just zoned out of myself onto the boy on the screen. It all seems like some beautiful dream of a long gone and innocent world that sort of tapped into the hippie consciousness of the time. I would love to get a copy of this somewhere so my own children can see it.

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