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The Mountain Men (1980)

R  |   |  Adventure, Western  |  1 June 1980 (USA)
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A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight Indians, guzzle liquor, and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this fanciful adventure.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bill Tyler
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Henry Frapp
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Running Moon
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Heavy Eagle
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Nathan Wyeth
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La Bont
David Ackroyd ...
Medicine Wolf
Cal Bellini ...
Cross Otter
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Jim Walter (as Bill Lucking)
Ken Ruta ...
Fontenelle
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Iron Belly
Danny Zapien ...
Blackfoot Chief
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Whiskey clerk
Buckley Norris ...
Trapper
Daniel Knapp ...
Trapper
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A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight Indians, guzzle liquor, and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this fanciful adventure.

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Adventure | Western

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Also Known As:

Wind River  »

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Though it's never explicitly stated in the film, the story takes place during 1838. This is based on the fact that the beaver market was declining and the rendezvous was held on the Popoagie River. The "Era of the Mountain Man" ended two years later. See more »

Goofs

During the chase sequence, after Heavy Eagle passes a rock on the top of a ridge and goes to the left of the camera, a bush is moved violently at the bottom right of the screen, clearly by someone off camera. See more »

Quotes

Henry Frapp: [seeing that La Bont has led a group of natives right to them] Oh, balls.
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One of the funniest lousy movies you'll ever see ... a veritable good, bad, and ugly present all wrapped in a single flick
27 April 2001 | by (Georgia, USA) – See all my reviews

What sustains my memory of this movie most is Brian Keith's explanation of why he's never lost in the wilderness... certainly the best delivered line of his career.

Heston and Keith play grizzled trappers who accept the chore of shepherding a young, green, ex-military type to Rendezvous. Along the way they face numerous challenges to their morality... (the usual river fordings, mountainous pass traversing, Indian raid sorts of things).

One technical note: this movie contains one of the first weapon's eye viewpoints I recall ... seeing the forest and targets from the head of an Indian spear.

The Indians... ahhhh, the Indians are mostly European, at least the ones with speaking parts (thinking here of Victory Jory and Stephen Macht, not the devastating Victoria Racimo).

Much of the scenery mirrors the earlier Jeremiah Johnson (1972), but, sadly, the emphasis of this film seemed to be the enjoyment of the actors, rather than advancement of plot, historical accuracy, and numerous other niggling little details.

I like this movie very much... It makes me laugh, without fail, and leaves me feeling better for seeing it.


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