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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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Chuck Langer
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Earl Himes
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Jack McLaskin
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Andy Sweeney
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Ruth Langer (as Sarah G. Buxton)
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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 ...
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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 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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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 »

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As Danny is in his pajamas lying on his bed (at around 32 mins) he has no abrasion over his left eyebrow, but when a gunshot awakens him (at 14:02 and throughout the rest of that scene) he does have abrasions over his left eyebrow. Similarly, when Danny and Wayne hide behind a tree as the Sweeney brothers ride by on their bikes, Danny has no abrasions (at around 7 mins), but after being chased by Andy Sweeney and falling, Danny does have the abrasions over his left eyebrow (at around 29 mins), but we know they are from his fall. See more »

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Danny Himes: Great, so um, maybe you wouldn't mind coming and showing 'em babies to my entire 6th grade class.
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Pleasant Surprise
19 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am in general agreement with my fellow reviewers: despite the predictability of much of the story, the acting was well done overall & the story was plausible. John Hurt is always a pleasure to watch; David Strathairn reminded me a lot of a younger Sam Waterston. I found the climactic rescue scene very unsettling, and that's a tribute to the actors, since they (more than the special effects) conveyed the danger of the situation. I had never heard of this film before I saw it, so I had no big expectations--my formula for being pleasantly surprised.


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