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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 ...
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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Sam: The deer have pressed in all around me. They're hungry. They come into the hemlock grove to hide and sleep for the day. They manage the snow so well on their slender hooves. If I was to know that a million years from today, my children's children were to live as I am living in these mountains, I would marry me a wife with slender feet and begin immediately to breed a race with hooves. So that the mountain children of the future might run through the snows and meadows and mountains and marshes ...
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Baby Elephant Walk
from Hatari! (1962)
Music by Henry Mancini
Arranged by Jerry Bilik
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Entertaining Family Film
13 February 2005 | by (Marin, California) – See all my reviews

"My Side of the Mountain" is an entertaining family film that I enjoyed both as a teenager and as an adult.

The movie has adventure and a sense of wonder in its portrayal of a young boy intent on making his way alone in the wilderness. The lead character, Sam, does sometimes overact and can get on one's nerves, but the supporting cast--human, mammalian, and avian--keeps the film interesting and prevents Sam from become too overbearing. Kids can learn lessons on self-reliance and interdependence from the film, in addition to enjoying San's adventures and the beautiful scenery of the Laurentian Mountains.

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