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The Mountain Men (1980)

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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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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1 June 1980 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Bill Tyler: Say, uh, Henry... ain't no need for you to fight your way into that village. We could join up after...
Henry Frapp: [Interrupting] I ever tell you about the time the 'Rapahos chased me up a canyon over in the Big Lost?
Bill Tyler: No, but I reckon you're gonna tell me.
Henry Frapp: Well, it was over on the Horse Prairie. This band of 'Rapahos had been chasing me three days. So I seen this canyon. I figured I'd whip in there, and then I'll slip out. Trouble was that there was a way in but there wasn't no way out at all. Nothin' but ...
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"Men" on film...
10 January 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If memory serves, back when this movie first came out, two well-known reviewers (who lived by their thumbs) voted this one of the worst films of 1980. A few years later, I actually saw "The Mountain Men".

Just goes to show that even two well-placed thumbs can be wrong.

This is a fairly entertaining film, detailing the rowdy lives of two hunters (Heston and Keith) living in the mountains, drinking bad whiskey and fighting off attacks by bad guy Indians like Heavy Eagle, who scalps poor Keith at one point. The stereotypes are a little thick in spots, but the story is so well-told that one hardly notices.

The film was written by Fraser Clark Heston, Charlton's son, and a fine writer he is, blending humor, action and sentiment all into one neat little package. And with such beautiful mountain scenery on view, what a pretty package it is.

It's not exactly the easiest film to find but if you do get a hold of "The Mountain Men", be sure to watch it immediately. This is one of those films they REALLY don't make anymore.

Eight stars for "The Mountain Men".


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