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My Side of the Mountain (1969)

As young Sam Gribley runs away he learns about nature.


James B. Clark


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Eccles ... Sam Gribley (as Teddy Eccles)
Theodore Bikel ... Bando
Tudi Wiggins Tudi Wiggins ... Miss Turner
Paul Hébert ... Hunter
Cosette Lee ... Apple Lady
Ralph Endersby Ralph Endersby ... Boy In Soda Fountain
George Allan George Allan ... Boy In Soda Fountain
Dan McIlravey Dan McIlravey ... Little Boy On Bus
Frank Perry Frank Perry ... Mr. Gribley
Peggi Loder Peggi Loder ... Mrs. Gribley
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Deer Poacher
Larry Reynolds ... Deer Poacher
Patrick Peuvion ... Ranger
Gina Dick Gina Dick ... Mary Gribley
Karen Pearson Karen Pearson ... Prudence Gribley


As young Sam Gribley runs away he learns about nature.

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A boy who dreams of leaving civilization.


Adventure | Family


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Release Date:

25 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Jahr als Robinson See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The winter scenes where they show the lake frozen, were not shot in the winter. They had to construct a winter scene by sinking cinder blocks into the pond and then covering it with plywood, before adding the "snow" topping. See more »


When Sam is chopping out the tree for his house, the sound of the ax hitting the wood doesn't match the ax actually hitting the tree. See more »


Bando: You know, you've done some amazing things here, Sam. Hollowed out a whole little world for yourself. I bet there's not another boy in the whole civilized world who's done anything like it.
Sam: Yeah, but that's not why I came.
Miss Turner: Why did you come, Sam?
Sam: Well, I came because I thought the only way to know nature was to live with it. Like Thoreau. You know? And I came because of my experiments. I learned all about algae under the conditions of nature. And I learned about survival. And... I learned about ...
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) See more »


Baby Elephant Walk
from Hatari! (1962)
Music by Henry Mancini
Arranged by Jerry Bilik
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Lover Of Nature.
19 November 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

James B. Clark directed this film, an adaptation of the Jean George novel that stars Ted Eccles as a 13 year-old boy and nature enthusiast who decides to live out in the Canadian wilderness for the winter(he loves the poetry of Henry David Thoreau) He comes equipped with the knowledge, tools, and determination he thinks he'll need to achieve this goal, building shelter out of an old tree stump, which he will become trapped in when a big snowstorm hits. He also befriends a traveling musician named Bando(played by Theodore Bikel). Intelligent and inspiring film about a most unusual yet remarkable young man. True, his parents must have been terribly worried about him(despite his note), but that's a minor quibble in such fine family entertainment, with some sad moments as well(his poor falcon...) Underrated gem deserves to be better known(and I imagine Sam returned to the wilderness when he got older; at least I hope so!)

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