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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sam Gribley (as Teddy Eccles)
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Bando
Tudi Wiggins ...
Miss Turner
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Hunter
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 ...
Ranger
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.

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25 June 1969 (USA)  »

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Ein Jahr als Robinson  »

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Trivia

The scene where the falcon starts freaking out was caused by somebody upsetting it from behind. If you look closely you can see the arm of one of the crew behind the bird causing it to be upset. I believe the arm might belong to Dan Haggerty, who is also uncredited for this film, but who worked on the film as the animal handler. He later went on to become "Grizzly Adams" in the TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1977). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Sam: Hey you guys, how 'bout some algae soup?
[a raccoon eats the soup]
Sam: Well, at least *somebody* likes it.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Baby Elephant Walk
(uncredited)
from Hatari! (1962)
Music by Henry Mancini
Arranged by Jerry Bilik
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Read the book then see the movie
26 February 2005 | by (Saco, Maine) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out. It's about Sam. A boy who runs away from home when he finds out that his family's summer trip has been cancelled. So he heads for the Catskill Mountains. It's there that he learns how to survive with the help of several wild animals including a ferret and a Peregrine falcon. During his year in the wilderness, he learns about himself. He learns that he can't run away from his problems and the only way to handle them is to face them. I read the book when I was ten. It was published the year I was born. It was close to, if not faithful to, Jean Craighead George's book, because she worked on the script. Unlike today's movies, where the author sells the rights, and is cut out of the loop by the studios. Things were different back in 1969. What do I have to say to anyone who wants to see this movie? Read the book. Then see the movie.


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