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My Side of the Mountain

Ted Eccles , Theodore Bikel , James B. Clark    VHS Tape
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Novel, Disappointing Movie July 28 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The novel MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead-George is outstanding. The 1969 movie based on the book is not nearly as a good. The movie strays away from the story entirely too much. I really don't see the reason why the movie does this either. The novel would have made the perfect screenplay. The worst change of all is the death of Sam Gribley's falcon, Frightful, by a hunter in the middle of the film. Another big change is the addition of a pet raccoon named Gus, which also was not in the book. The ending was a yet another disappointing change. There were at least 25 other differences that I spotted between the book and the movie too.
As a teacher I still use this movie after my students have read the novel. However, I use it to prove my point that the novel is usually better then the movie. I also have my students try to find as many differences between the two as they can.
I think that an updated version of this movie, that follows the writing of Jean Craighead-George, would be big a big hit today.
If you never read the novel then the movie is fairly good. It does remind you of the old Sunday night Disney movie that use to be on television. If you have read the book, then it is disappointing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Try This At Home Sept. 24 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I understand that the book version of this is a classic story, and much more worthwhile. This video is watchable because of the breathtaking scenery; otherwise, the messages sent to the viewer are downright bizarre. Made in 1969, and reflective of the era.
Here are some of the film's messages: A) If you're a 13-year-old aspiring biologist and your parents just don't understand you, then you should run away from home to live in the wilderness (No!). (B) It is okay to deliberately set fire to an ancient tree (No!) (C) If a burly guy discovers your secluded campsite, you should invite him to stay and share your sleeping quarters (NO, NO, a thousand times, NO! Good grief, what were they thinking?!) Plan on reading the novel and skipping this video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love of nature June 21 2004
Format:DVD
I got my DVD of this film today! It is in widescreen! This has always been one of my favorite movies. After his father tells Sam that he can't take him on a trip to the mountains, he decides to run away from home to study nature. He has a pet raccon and a falcon and a few other wild critters. This movie has a lot of insight into nature.
I mean no offense to other reviewers on this site, but there are a lot of negatitive reviews of this movie. I haven't read the book, but one thing I need to mention is this: I think a lot of people who read the book expect the movie to be just like the book, no more no less. Well, It's unrealistic to expect this-the movie can not be the book and the book can not be the movie-movies are different than books. You got to take what you like about the book and write the script from that. This is done all the time in Hollywood. Sometimes what works on the printed page won't work on screen and vice versa.
I like Sam's voice over in this film because it provides insights into his thoughts or what he is writing in his journal. As a bonus you'll learn a new recpe for syrrup and pancakes!
So give this movie a try! Ignore the negative reviews until at least you have seen the movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars SAY! Maybe Disney should remake this film! Nov. 4 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I can't add much to the other reviews but wanted to throw in my support for a remake of this movie. After finally getting around to reading the Newbery Honor book, I *so* wanted to like the movie but am sad to report that it fell short of my high expectations. Instead, I watched in disappointment as a boy I had imagined as a quiet, intense loner turn out to be Beaver Cleaver.
I realize "the times" probably caused some of the changes they made, but I think we can trust today's adolescents not to run away to live on a mountain. Remake it, Disney, and do it true to the book this time!! Don't make Bando seem like a scary child molester, don't give Sam a "reason" to go out on his own (algae experiments?? was that in the book?), don't give him a pet raccoon, don't make him go home at the end, and above all, DON'T kill Frightful!
Anyone else ever catch Sam happily pronouncing lichen as "LITCH-en"? When I realized what he had tried to say, I was stunned. Did no one at the studio even know what this word was?
Sam was believable, he just had a bad script. 3 stars for effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than a movie! June 19 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film when I was a child. It inspired me, or maybe it awoke the natural side in me. I will never forget his naturalist bedroom ( I wanted one just like it), His scary but confident journey on his own, the tree where he lived and his flying companion, a Peregrine Falcon...how cool was that for a young boy? As I grew up and enjoyed our families northwoods lake cabin, I often thought about this story...to appreciate the beauty of nature, to observe it and to protect it. I still think about the impact this story has had on me by shaping a positive image about the natural wonders of the great outdoors. I live by and respect those values today, thirtyfive years later. Although I live/work in the city, I built a retreat on my wilderness acreage in the hilly Ozarks of Missouri and find the greatest solace and rejuvenation when I visit "..my side of the mountain. I would present this story in either form to any child. It may not have been a blockbuster by todays slick standards, but it certainly made a memorable and certainly positive impact on me. Expose children to this story...they may thank you many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, great movie
My son read the book, and really enjoyed getting to see it on screen. A good family movie, and excellent read as well.
Published 8 months ago by Kedisy
3.0 out of 5 stars OUtdated
This film is rather dated now. A kid living in the wilderness, always wearing a clean, white T-shirt and far more knowledgeable than his years. Too squeaky clean for 2013.
Published 19 months ago by RICHARD SHUTTLEWORTH
3.0 out of 5 stars My Side of theMountain
I too must say if I had never read the book, I would have enjoyed the movie. The movie was a bit disappointing, first off the movie is set in Canda. Read more
Published on May 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars My Side of the Mountain
I really enjoyed reading the story about Sam. I don't usually like English or reading but this story was about adventure and being in the mountains. Read more
Published on Nov. 30 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Movie
I loved My Side of the Mountain...it showed how someone could be brave and live fine in the wilderness. It was great!
Published on July 12 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars I read better books
This book really really really really really really really really really really really realy really really really really really really really Stinks.
Published on Nov. 29 2001 by Jason Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars I read better books
The book was soooooooo boring. It should have had a better ending. so really he ran away from home for no reason at all. he ran Away then comes back.
Published on Nov. 29 2001 by Jason Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars I read better books
The book was soooooooo boring. It should have had a better ending. so really he ran away from home for no reason at all. he ran Away then comes back.
Published on Nov. 29 2001 by Jason Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars My Side of the Mountain - My Favorite Scene.
My favorite scene from My Side of the Montain was when Sam sees a school bus off in the distance, transporting its unfortunate occupants back to start another dreary year of... Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2001 by Kwai Chang Finkleberger
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