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The Climb (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama | 18 February 1999 (USA)
John Langer, a crusty old civic engineer, has an arsenal full of memories. With irreverent wit, he rattles on, in his irascible humorous style, burning his spicy stories into the ... See full summary »


Bob Swaim


Vince McKewin
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Chuck Langer
Gregory Smith ... Danny Himes
David Strathairn ... Earl Himes
Stephen McHattie ... Jack McLaskin
Seth Smith Seth Smith ... Andy Sweeney
Sarah Buxton ... Ruth Langer (as Sarah G. Buxton)
Marla Sokoloff ... Leslie Himes
Matthew Ness Matthew Ness ... Wayne Barto
Michael Saccente Michael Saccente ... Ed Langer
Tina Regtien Tina Regtien ... Eileen Barto
Oliver Hodges Oliver Hodges ... Tommy Sweeney
Michael Galvin ... Father Cronin
Nigel Godfrey ... Langer's Doctor
Dave Perrett Dave Perrett ... Joe Grace
Peter Rowley Peter Rowley ... Rules Rhodes


John Langer, a crusty old civic engineer, has an arsenal full of memories. With irreverent wit, he rattles on, in his irascible humorous style, burning his spicy stories into the imagination of a young neighbor kid, Danny Himes. Danny is a gifted, spirited athlete with something to prove. Worldly, old man Langer has turned his back on proving anything at all. It's post WWII. Danny's father, Earl, did not serve in the military and is considered a coward. Danny excels to overcome his father's reputation while Earl is actually more a man than the town knows. "You don't smoke, you don't drink, and you don't screw. What kind of man are you anyway?" old man Langer asks Danny. The more appropriate question is: "What kind of men are they?" Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

neighbor | old man | coward | rifle | dying | See All (25) »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »


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France | New Zealand | Canada



Release Date:

18 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Hero's Climb See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


(At around nine minutes) When he first talks with Andy Sweeney at the WBBL radio antenna, Danny protests "Yeah, but the last couple of years, guys try it the day the kid from Hamilton fell." Hamilton is an urban neighborhood located in northeastern Baltimore City, which is in turn located in Baltimore County in Maryland. See more »


As Danny is in his pajamas lying on his bed (at around 32 mins) he has no abrasion over his left eyebrow, but when a gunshot awakens him (at 14:02 and throughout the rest of that scene) he does have abrasions over his left eyebrow. Similarly, when Danny and Wayne hide behind a tree as the Sweeney brothers ride by on their bikes, Danny has no abrasions (at around 7 mins), but after being chased by Andy Sweeney and falling, Danny does have the abrasions over his left eyebrow (at around 29 mins), but we know they are from his fall. See more »


Chuck Langer: You can have one if you want.
Danny Himes: What?
Chuck Langer: A beer, I don't give a good Goddamn.
Danny Himes: Ah no, it's okay. I don't drink.
Chuck Langer: You don't drink, you don't screw. Hell, what kind of a man are you?
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Lovely film, intelligently written, beautifully performed,
6 February 2002 | by Lolly-2See all my reviews

thoughtful, lucid direction with oodles of gentle, good humor smartly mixed up with some pre-adolescent raucousness and nope, not even a touch of smarminess or condescension. What could be better than that?

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