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My Side of the Mountain
Director: James B. Clark
Screenplay: Joanna Crawford, Jean George
Producer: Robert B. Radnitz
Cast: Ted Eccles, Theodore Bikel, Tudi Wiggins, Paul Hébert, Cosette Lee
Genre: Action & Adventure

Running Time: 100
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby
Subtitles: English
Studio:  Paramount DVD Region:  1 G
DVD Release:  Apr 2004 Discs:  1 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  Kev’s Thots…

I remember seeing this when it came out June of 1969. It was at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS, where I live for 9.5 years. Probably the first movie I ever saw at a new place on base. Two months afterwards we sucumbed to Hurricane Camile and ended up with most of out pocessions drowned in sweage water 5’ deep in our house. Yuck! But that is far off topic.

The film. Heartwarming as it came to a boy, my age at the time, taking a leave to go spend some time in the soulful nature that he had once read about. Two things stoof out to me when I watched that film for the first time. One, the boy, at the final third of the film, had long hair. You see, my dad was a sticker for how my hair looked, short and, at times, a flatop. You must remember this that it was ’69, where long hair for men was paramount. I was the son of, what would later become, a pastor of lot of Baptist churches in these United States. It was also the time I was forbidden to ever attend the theater because it was seen as sinful. Oh, I longed to have my hair grow out as the boy in this film.

Two, again towards the end of the film, snow. So much snow that it was like 6 feet. The boy, previous to the snow fall, had found a real old tree inside he could work on fixing it up, which he did. Yet when the snow came during the night as he was asleep, he didn’t know that outside the snow had completely encompassed the tree. He worked with his ax on escaping and was tired because the oxigen was getting scarce. Fortunately he heard the fellow that he was acquainted with call out his name, and they both started to dig thru the snow and the boy was freed.

I saw this film again about 5 or years ago on the cpu, remembering all the above. I liked it. Then, in the later part of June, 2019 I purchesed a digitical copy for myself. Now I have it to enjoy, for I still count that film as one of my favorites that I saw in the theater in the ’60s and ’70s, as I grew up.


A folk singer and a librarian help a canadian boy who wants to live in the woods like thoreau. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 08/23/2005 Starring: Ted Eccles Frank Perry Run time: 100 minutes Rating: G Director: James B. Clark

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