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The Mountain (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | November 1956 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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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Storyline

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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CHALLENGING AN IMPOSSIBLE MOUNTAIN--SEARCHING FOR A WRECKED AIRLINER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mountain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,119,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It's been felt by many, that Tracy and Wagner should've played father-son, instead of brothers. Though men are known to father children (from different wives), decades apart. But still, the film gives no mention/indication that they are half-brothers or anything. See more »

Goofs

When Zachary exits the artificial climb section (the one where he uses pitons), in the shot where we see him frontally, the mountain far in the background is the same "Bald Mountain" he is supposed to be climbing. 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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Referenced in Sweet Smell of Success (1957) See more »

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Dmytryk shows the magic and beauty of the high mountain country!
24 June 2000 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The emotional power of Dmytryk's films may derive from his range of vision always patronizing his characters, restoring honesty and ability to a style and realism...

For Tracy climbing a mountain is a matter of integrity... The conquest of a peak brings moments of exultation and bliss... What he gets from the adventure is just sheer joy... He is simple, kind and sincere...

All brothers dream, but Tracy dreams for the little... He sees life in an honest way... His brother (Wagner), at the contrary, dreams big and with open eyes to make it reality...

When a plane crashes on the top of the mountain, Wagner insists on going up to plunder the remains of the wrecked plane... Spencer accedes to the request to stop his spoiled younger brother to climb the mountain alone...

The avaricious brother is a novice in climbing techniques... He is seeking outdoor adventure only to bring gold and silver, and to strip the dead passengers robbing their money, jewelry and goods...

Tracy - with previous mountaineering experience - had something else in him which responds to the challenge and goes out to meet the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward to shield the safety of his brother with passion and enthusiasm...They are two generations apart, two opposite characters with two utterly different goals...

After a long and hard journey up the mountain, they succeed to reach the airplane wreck and to find that one passenger is still alive - a Hindu girl (Anna Kashfi).

A concerned Tracy gives all his good nature assistance as a caring human being to the injured delicate girl... But an unscrupulous brother intends to murder the helpless woman in order to steal her precious gem...

With the most gorgeous natural areas around; large fields with many ridges and faces; difficult rock climbing; and weak snow bridges, Dmytryk adds to the drama (in VistaVision and Technicolor) the magic and beauty of the high mountain country...


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