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The Mountain Men (1980)

A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight Indians, guzzle liquor and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this fanciful adventure.

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Richard Lang

Writer:

Fraser C. Heston (as Fraser Clarke Heston)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Bill Tyler
Brian Keith ... Henry Frapp
Victoria Racimo ... Running Moon
Stephen Macht ... Heavy Eagle
John Glover ... Nathan Wyeth
Seymour Cassel ... La Bont
David Ackroyd ... Medicine Wolf
Cal Bellini Cal Bellini ... Cross Otter
William Lucking ... Jim Walker (as Bill Lucking)
Ken Ruta Ken Ruta ... Fontenelle
Victor Jory ... Iron Belly
Danny Zapien Danny Zapien ... Blackfoot Chief
Tim Haldeman ... Whiskey Clerk
Buckley Norris ... Trapper
Daniel Knapp Daniel Knapp ... Trapper
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A pair of grizzled frontiersmen fight Indians, guzzle liquor and steal squaws in their search for a legendary valley 'so full of beaver that they jump right into your traps' in this fanciful adventure.

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Alone...each is a bombshell. Together...they're dynamite!

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wind River See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the scenes in the film is based on an actual historic event, the famous run for life by John Colter. John Colter, who, prior to this event, had served with the Lewis and Clark expedition, is considered by many to be the first authentic mountain man. John Colter was captured by Blackfeet, stripped naked, and forced to race for his life. In real life, just as in the movie, John Colter escaped by killing an Indian who was closest to him with a spear, and hiding inside of a beaver lodge in the river. See more »

Goofs

A Mountain Man at the rendezvous (Charlton Heston) brags that he's been from "South Fork to Three Pass!" He should have said "Three Forks to South Pass." Three Forks is in Montana where three rivers come together and give the Missouri River its name and South Pass is in west central Wyoming where it is possible to cross the continental divide on horseback or with wagons. See more »

Quotes

Bill Tyler: Say, uh, Henry... ain't no need for you to fight your way into that village. We could join up after...
Henry Frapp: [Interrupting] I ever tell you about the time the 'Rapahos chased me up a canyon over in the Big Lost?
Bill Tyler: No, but I reckon you're gonna tell me.
Henry Frapp: Well, it was over on the Horse Prairie. This band of 'Rapahos had been chasing me three days. So I seen this canyon. I figured I'd whip in there, and then I'll slip out. Trouble was that there was a way in but there wasn't no way out at all. Nothin' but ...
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ABC edited 6 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »

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Realistic; I was impressed
27 June 1999 | by JR-92See all my reviews

Charlton Heston and Brian Keith are fur trappers out west during the mid 1800's. This one depicts white fur trappers' encounters with native Americans at the time.

The lives of mountain men are well portrayed; realistically dramatized. The roles of the "injuns" are not quite as well done; too Hollywood. The plot is basically indian bad guy, white man good guy. White man takes indian woman for wife. Indian man wants indian woman back and seeks revenge on white man.

The direction is pretty good. The cinematography is beautiful. The dialogue is very interesting to listen to.

Considering when it was made, before politcally correct was really in style(not that I approve of P.C. films), and considering its star is Charlton Heston, it's not a bad movie, I enjoyed it. I recommend it if you like American history, adventure and the great outdoors. I give it 7 stars.


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