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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 ...
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
Deer Poacher
Patrick Peuvion ...
Gina Dick ...
Mary Gribley
Karen Pearson ...
Prudence Gribley


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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The winter scenes where they show the lake frozen, were not shot in the winter. They had to construct a winter scene by sinking cinder blocks into the pond and then covering it with plywood, before adding the "snow" topping. 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 place closer to home
5 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie as a child with my family, my mother being the most enthusiastic as it was filmed in Sutton QC, where she grew up. Back then, I thought the idea of going into the mountains and living in one's own treehouse was a fabulous idea!

The familiar scenery of the Green Mountains of southern Québec was breathtaking on the big screen. My mother pointed out the scene where Teddy Eccles' character, Sam, goes to the library in Knowlton, a library she had been to many times.

I understand Eccles attended and signed the guestbook of Olivet Baptist Church in Sutton, the church where my mother grew up.

Certainly, every kid has a dream of some adventure independent of parents and this movie helped me live mine a little.

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