The Climb (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  18 February 1999 (USA)
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John Langer, a crusty old civic engineer, has an arsenal full of memories. With irreverent wit, he rattles on, in his irascible humorous style, burning his spicy stories into the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Langer
Earl Himes
Jack McLaskin
Seth Smith ...
Andy Sweeney
Ruth Langer (as Sarah G. Buxton)
Leslie Himes
Matthew Ness ...
Wayne Barto
Michael Saccente ...
Ed Langer
Tina Regtien ...
Eileen Barto
Oliver Hodges ...
Tommy Sweeney
Michael Galvin ...
Father Cronin
Nigel Godfrey ...
Langer's Doctor
Dave Perrett ...
Joe Grace
Peter Rowley ...
Rules Rhodes


John Langer, a crusty old civic engineer, has an arsenal full of memories. With irreverent wit, he rattles on, in his irascible humorous style, burning his spicy stories into the imagination of a young neighbor kid, Danny Himes. Danny is a gifted, spirited athlete with something to prove. Worldly, old man Langer has turned his back on proving anything at all. It's post WWII. Danny's father, Earl, did not serve in the military and is considered a coward. Danny excels to overcome his father's reputation while Earl is actually more a man than the town knows. "You don't smoke, you don't drink, and you don't screw. What kind of man are you anyway?" old man Langer asks Danny. The more appropriate question is: "What kind of men are they?" Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »


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18 February 1999 (USA)  »

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A Hero's Climb  »

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When he first talks with Andy Sweeney at the WBBG radio antenna, Danny protests (at around 09 mins) "Yeah, but the last couple of years guys try it the day the kid from Hamilton fell." Hamilton is an urban neighborhood located in northeastern Baltimore City, which is in turn located in Baltimore County in Maryland. See more »


When Ruth turns on the radio in her bedroom (at around 23 mins) it begins to play immediately, not taking time to warm up like a tube radio from that period would. Either the radio is solid state or, more likely, this reveals the music being added in after the scene. See more »


Chuck Langer: You can have one if you want.
Danny Himes: What?
Chuck Langer: A beer, I don't give a good Goddamn.
Danny Himes: Ah no, it's okay. I don't drink.
Chuck Langer: You don't drink, you don't screw. Hell, what kind of a man are you?
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Achieving your goals .............
10 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gregory Smith is a youngster who has a goal to climb to the top of a very tall radio tower. He befriends an old man, John Hurt, whose goal is to die. Together they cooperate in order to reach their objectives. There is a subplot involving David Strathairn, the boy's father, who is perceived as a coward, because he didn't fight in World War 2. This simple story is well told, with good character development, and fine acting. This is a little beyond typical family entertainment, and more suited to adult audiences. The climactic climb is exciting, and in the end, not only are everyone's goals accomplished, but some important lessons are learned. - MERK

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