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The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)

Young ski champion Jill Kinmont is left paralyzed after a tragic skiing accident. Her best friend suffers the same fate after contracting polio. Jill must slowly put her life back together again with the help of those close to her.

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

E.G. Valens (based on the book "A Long Way Up" by) (as E. G. Valens), David Seltzer (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Hassett ... Jill Kinmont
Beau Bridges ... Dick Buek
Belinda Montgomery ... Audra Jo (as Belinda J. Montgomery)
Nan Martin ... June Kinmont
William Bryant ... Bill Kinmont (as Bill Bryant)
Dabney Coleman ... Dave McCoy
Bill Vint Bill Vint ... Buddy Werner
Hampton Fancher ... Lee Zadroga
William Roerick William Roerick ... Dr. Pittman
Dori Brenner Dori Brenner ... Cookie
Walter Brooke ... Dean
Jocelyn Jones ... Linda Meyers
Greg Mabrey ... Bob Kinmont
Tony Becker ... Jerry Kinmont
Griffin Dunne ... Herbie Johnson
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Jill Kinmont. In 1955, eighteen-year-old Jill is a truly talented, gifted skier and a shoo-in for the 1956 Winter Olympics. But Jill comes close to losing everything when she takes a near fatal fall off a mountain during the last race of the season. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, Jill now has to climb another kind of mountain-working her way up from total helplessness to leading a fulfilling life. With the help of family, friends, and an extraordinary man, Jill begins the quest up that mountain. Written by Anonymous

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The true story of Jill Kinmont. The American Olympic ski contender whose tragic fall took everything but her life. And who found the courage to live through the love of one very special man. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1975 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Window to the Sky See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$34,673,100
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Jill Kinmont was a technical adviser on the film. Her work included three days on Mammoth Mountain, where many of the ski racing shots were filmed. She was transported on a mechanical "snowcat", with her wheelchair strapped to the back. See more »

Quotes

Jill Kinmont: [Jill laboriously picks up a potato chip from a bowl on her lap] Didn't even break. That's the hardest thing of all.
Buddy Werner: Jill, aren't you gonna walk?
Jill Kinmont: Walk?
Buddy Werner: Yeah, I, I thought you were...
Jill Kinmont: No. I'm never gonna walk.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Richard's Window
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Olivia Newton-John
(UK aka title "A Window To The Sky")
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Good human interest film.
17 September 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

Even though about three quarters of the way through, this movie begins to run out of steam it still is an exceptional film. The ski equipment and clothing were dead on for the time period and adds much to the picture. Even though it was partly about skiing a person watching this doesn't have to be a skier or have ever skied to enjoy it. Superior to the sequel. A must see as far as human interest movies go.


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