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My Side of the Mountain (1969)

As young Sam Gribley runs away he learns about nature.


James B. Clark


Joanna Crawford, Jean George (novel) | 2 more credits »

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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


G | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 June 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Jahr als Robinson See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where the falcon starts freaking out was caused by somebody upsetting it from behind. If you look closely you can see the arm of one of the crew behind the bird causing it to be upset. I believe the arm might belong to Dan Haggerty, who is also uncredited for this film, but who worked on the film as the animal handler. He later went on to become "Grizzly Adams" in the TV series The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (1977). See more »


Strangely, when ever Sam builds a fire from wood there is no smoke. That would be impossible. They are probably using propane burners hidden in the ground of the campfire ring. See more »


Sam: Hey you guys, how 'bout some algae soup?
[a raccoon eats the soup]
Sam: Well, at least *somebody* likes it.
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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Free Willy (2010) See more »


Baby Elephant Walk
from Hatari! (1962)
Music by Henry Mancini
Arranged by Jerry Bilik
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Read the book then see the movie
26 February 2005 | by bcolquhoSee all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out. It's about Sam. A boy who runs away from home when he finds out that his family's summer trip has been cancelled. So he heads for the Catskill Mountains. It's there that he learns how to survive with the help of several wild animals including a ferret and a Peregrine falcon. During his year in the wilderness, he learns about himself. He learns that he can't run away from his problems and the only way to handle them is to face them. I read the book when I was ten. It was published the year I was born. It was close to, if not faithful to, Jean Craighead George's book, because she worked on the script. Unlike today's movies, where the author sells the rights, and is cut out of the loop by the studios. Things were different back in 1969. What do I have to say to anyone who wants to see this movie? Read the book. Then see the movie.

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