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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Hassett ...
Jill Kinmont
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Dick Buek
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Audra Jo (as Belinda J. Montgomery)
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June Kinmont
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Bill Kinmont (as Bill Bryant)
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Dave McCoy
Bill Vint ...
Buddy Werner
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Lee Zadroga
William Roerick ...
Dr. Pittman
Dori Brenner ...
Cookie
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Dean
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Linda Meyers
Greg Mabrey ...
Bob Kinmont
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Jerry Kinmont
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Herbie Johnson
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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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The true story of Jill Kinmont. The American Olympic ski contender whose tragic fall took everything but her life. And who found the courage to live through the love of one very special man. See more »


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20 December 1975 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die Kehrseite der Medaille  »

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The real Jill Kinmont was a technical adviser on the film. Her work included three days on Mammoth Mountain, where many of the ski racing shots were filmed. She was transported on a mechanical "snowcat", with her wheelchair strapped to the back. See more »

Quotes

Jill Kinmont: [Jill laboriously picks up a potato chip from a bowl on her lap] Didn't even break. That's the hardest thing of all.
Buddy Werner: Jill, aren't you gonna walk?
Jill Kinmont: Walk?
Buddy Werner: Yeah, I, I thought you were...
Jill Kinmont: No. I'm never gonna walk.
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Connections

Followed by The Other Side of the Mountain: Part II (1978) See more »

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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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Moving portrait of adaptation to quadriplegic life
17 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is a touching human interest story and gives the average viewer a better appreciation of the overwhelming challenges faced by those who must deal daily with disabilities, particularly adjustment to quadriplegia. It also brings sharply to mind that this young girl, Jill Kinmont's fate could so easily in a split second be our own, resulting from a sports injury, car accident, or whatever. Jill's story reminds me of another lovely & famous quadriplegic, Joni Eareckson Tada, who suffered a diving accident as a teenager but went on to become an accomplished artist, and has a remarkable faith which is an inspiration to many.

This film is based on the real life story of Jill Kinmont, an eighteen year old skiing champion & Olympic hopeful, who suffered a severe fall down a mountain, which not only ended her skiing career but paralyzed her from the shoulders down. Jill's struggles are poignantly chronicled as she learns to cope with life as a quadriplegic and regain a hopeful spirit, assisted by her devoted family. Eventually she even finds a love interest in the form of Dick (called 'Mad Dog') Buek.

Marilyn Hassett is convincing and very sympathetic in her portrayal of the vibrant & determined young Jill, and Beau Bridges wonderful as the warm & adventuresome Dick.

A strong recommendation for this film. It paints a vivid portrait of the realities faced by those who must depend on others for personal care and simply daily tasks, also their struggle for some measure of independence and the same respect granted able bodied individuals. Hopefully, this movie might tend to impart to those of us not disabled a little more gratitude for abilities we take for granted every day. Also, this story has a very appealing heroine and a touching romance.


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