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The Mountain (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | November 1956 (USA)
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Selfish Chris Teller pressures his older brother, a retired climber, to accompany him on a treacherous Alpine climb to loot the bodies of plane crash victims.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Henri Troyat (novel), Ranald MacDougall (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Zachary Teller
Robert Wagner ... Christopher 'Chris' Teller
Claire Trevor ... Marie
William Demarest ... Father Belacchi
Barbara Darrow ... Simone
Richard Arlen ... C.W. Rivial
E.G. Marshall ... Solange
Anna Kashfi ... Hindu Girl
Richard Garrick ... Coloz
Harry Townes ... Joseph
Stacy Harris ... Nicholas Servoz
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Andre
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When a plane crashes on a mountaintop Chris wants to plunder the wreckage. His older brother Zachary has given up mountain guide work but goes along rather than letting his brother risk it alone. The only survivor is a Hindu girl who Chris wants to kill. Zachary fights him off. While Chris steals from the dead passengers, Zachary prepares a sled to take the girl down the mountain. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1956 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$2,119,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although playing brothers, Spencer Tracy was thirty years older than Robert Wagner in real-life. Tracy played Wagner's father in Broken Lance (1954). See more »

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When Zachary and Chris are preparing the climb, Zachary takes the best rope, saying to Chris: "you'll be on the end of my rope; if something goes wrong, I'll be on the end of your rope. Wanna change?" Yet, the day after, we always see Zachary climbing with his rope on the backpack (a plain white one, so presumably the best "silk new one"), while Chris has no rope on his backpack: this means they are climbing using Chris's rope, the "second best one". See more »

Quotes

Zachary Teller: You're sweating! Thinking of the dead men's money is making you sweat! I blame myself. It's my fault for you being like this. Somewhere I must have done something wrong for you to be like this.
Christopher 'Chris' Teller: You're not going to take me up there?
Zachary Teller: [Shakes his head] I haven't climbed in ten tears. That in itself would be enough if a man gets old... and besides, my hands are not as strong as they once were... and the mountain is aginst me. But all that there is, there's one thing more, the most important thing. ...
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Altruism vs Egoism
7 October 2003 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

This is the second film starred by the duo Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner. In the first one (the western Broken Lance, 1954), Tracy acted as the Wagner's father while now in this drama Tracy is Wagner's eldest brother, and also the man who raised Chris Teller (Wagner) in his childhood. So two brothers, who should have the same ideas and ethics in their lives, but paradoxically it was not like that. Chris was a young man very ambitious, able to kill for money while his eldest brother was a hard working man unable to do harm to anyone. A plane coming from Calcutta felt down in a high mountain called Montecarlo in France. The people of the neighboring village organized an unsuccessful rescue. At this point, Chris, knowing that in the plane there were plenty of money and that his brother was the only one able to climb the mountain, decided to compel his brother Zachary (Tracy) to go for rescue. After some arguing and discussion Zachary agreed to do that, for this they have to walk long and difficult ways always guided by experienced Zachary. When they finally reached the plane, they found an Indian lady still alive, and Zachary decided to help her to survive. but Chris wanted to get the money and to kill her. This situation compelled Zachary to beat Chris and to leave him alone, taking the lady with himself to save her. The fact is that Chris alone could not manage and died falling down, but Zachary succeeded back with the lady. When asked about all what happened Zachary said that his brother Chris did everything possible to save the lady and he (Zachary) was who planned to take the money in the plane. He lied but everybody in the village knowing the kind man he was, never believed him. One of the things that I cannot easily accept is the egoism of Chris. If he was raised by his brother, he should have loved him and also should have had the same ethic values as Zachary. This seems to me a bit incoherent in the plot and from the original novel. Everyone is a product of the environment where he/she was raised and lived.


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