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High Ice (1980)

A park ranger clashes with an egotistical army officer over how to handle a rescue operation to save three rock climbers stranded on a high elevation ledge of a mountain in Washington state.


Eugene S. Jones


Sy Gomberg, Eugene S. Jones (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Glencoe MacDonald
Tony Musante ... Lt. Col. Harris Thatcher
Madge Sinclair ... Dr. Pittman
Gretchen Corbett ... Liz
James G. Richardson James G. Richardson ... Scott
Allison Argo Allison Argo ... Kathy
Dorian Harewood ... Lt. Zack Hawkins
Warren Stevens ... MSgt. Lomax
Katherine Cannon ... Sandy
James Canning ... Lt. Foster
James Kaufman James Kaufman ... Lt. Foley
Danny Chambers ... Ranger Boyd (as Dan Chambers)
Byron Patt Byron Patt ... Ranger Lawson
Jeffrey Prather Jeffrey Prather ... Tom
Zachary Lewis Zachary Lewis ... Glennie


David Janssen plays a grizzled national park rescue worker who clashes with a rival rescuer over each other's conduct in order to take the credit when they have to rescue some mountain climbers stranded on a high elevation glacier. Written by Anonymous

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Epic ... daring ... fire and ice a mile high !


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Release Date:

7 January 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dødsfjellet See more »

Filming Locations:

Darrington, Washington, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ESJ Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The video version as a few scenes added which include more flashback sequences between the rock climbers Liz, Kathy, Tom and Scott including a scene of a nude Kathy and Tom in bed. See more »


Referenced in The Last Horror Film (1982) See more »

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An eye opener for Chinese audience, and movie industry
18 June 2010 | by zzmaleSee all my reviews

This movie was one of the first few US movies authorized to be shown in China after the establishment of foreign diplomatic relationship between the People's Republic of China and the United States in 1979, after a three-decade long hostility between the two countries.

The movie was really an eye-opener for the Chinese audience, as well as the Chinese movie industry, mainly because of the way some scenes were shot. In particular, the scene where the characters were falling down was filmed in the way that it appears the filming crew was falling with the characters, thus creating a realistic impression of point of view from the characters themselves. As a result, there was a few Chinese audience with heart problems had to be carried out from movie theaters after they passed out, resulting from seeing these tense falling scenes. After several incidents like this occurred when this film was shown in China, some Chinese theaters banned patients with known heart problems from seeing this film, for fearing that they might have heart attack again.

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