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The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)

Young ski champion Jill Kinmont is left paralyzed after a tragic skiing accident. Her best friend suffers the same fate after contracting polio. Jill must slowly put her life back together again with the help of those close to her.



(based on the book "A Long Way Up" by) (as E. G. Valens), (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Hassett ...
Jill Kinmont
Dick Buek
Audra Jo (as Belinda J. Montgomery)
June Kinmont
Bill Kinmont (as Bill Bryant)
Dave McCoy
Buddy Werner
Lee Zadroga
William Roerick ...
Dr. Pittman
Dori Brenner ...
Linda Meyers
Greg Mabrey ...
Bob Kinmont
Jerry Kinmont
Herbie Johnson


Based on the true story of Jill Kinmont. In 1955, eighteen-year-old Jill is a truly talented, gifted skier and a shoo-in for the 1956 Winter Olympics. But Jill comes close to losing everything when she takes a near fatal fall off a mountain during the last race of the season. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, Jill now has to climb another kind of mountain-working her way up from total helplessness to leading a fulfilling life. With the help of family, friends, and an extraordinary man, Jill begins the quest up that mountain. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

20 December 1975 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die Kehrseite der Medaille  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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During filming, news reached Jill Kinmont that her cousin Jimmy Lewis, who had visited her during her hospitalization 19 years before, suffered a spinal cord injury in a fall and was paralyzed. See more »


Audra Jo Nicholson: [Jill and Audra Jo watch skiers from their wheelchairs] What are you thinking?
Jill Kinmont: How damn lucky I am.
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Referenced in Baretta: Soldier in the Jungle (1976) See more »


Richard's Window
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Olivia Newton-John
(UK aka title "A Window To The Sky")
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We watched it and lived it, sort of.
9 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My girlfriend and I watched the movie, a few years later I even swiped one of Dick's lines from the movie, I told my girlfriend "I don't care if you walk, crawl or slither on your belly like a snake up the isle." It was a few years later that she went up the isle in a wheelchair, she had MS when I met her and took her from me twenty five years later. I would like to thank Jill and Marilyn for their story and performance to help us along. I am a cross between her cowboy and Mad Dog and we had a good time together while it lasted. We knew each other for twenty five years and were together for nineteen, I took care of her as a caregiver for seventeen of those nineteen until 1997 when I lost her to the MS. Again, thank you Jill and Marilyn you helped us a lot. Steve

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