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My Side of the Mountain


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  • Actors: Ted Eccles, Theodore Bikel, Tudi Wiggins, Paul Hébert, Cosette Lee
  • Directors: James B. Clark
  • Writers: Jane Klove, Jean George, Joanna Crawford, Ted Sherdeman
  • Producers: Robert B. Radnitz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: April 1 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300216055
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,923 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Jay Babb on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19 2002
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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Format: VHS Tape
As a fifth grade teacher, I have found this book to be an excellent choice as a class novel. Almost every young person fantasizes at some time what it would be like if he/she would strike out on his own to survive in the wilderness. Most students, therefore, enjoy learning the numerous ways Sam, the main character, adapts to a life of self-sufficiency in a forest in the Catskill Mountains.
Students also appreciate that the novel lends itself to ways of evaluating their comprehension beyond the typical "quiz-discussion-book report method" that often does little to promote a love of reading. Our class has had fun as each student used clay, grass,leaves, rocks and sticks to build his/her own idea of how Sam's treehouse might look, as each student wrote his/her own diary in which he/she explained how he/she used some of Sam's own survival techniques to survive in a wilderness adventure, and as each student wrote and illustrated an "ABC" book that showed 26 important aspects of the book.
We also really enjoyed finding the book in Amazon's website. My students like reading other people's reviews of the book, and appreciate being able to add their own as follows: Brian Billman-I gave this book an 8 becauseI learned how to survive in the wilderness,but there was not enough action. Heidi Bonnes-I give this story a 3 because Ididn't like how the author jumped from time to time.I also didn't like how it was written in first person. Kerstin Noelle Brooks-I give this book a 10 because I liked how Sam made the clothes and I also liked when he was brave enouph to fight the mother falcon.I rated it a 10 because he had interesting tools and it was interesting when he met the English teacher and didn't over-react to him.He just acted normal.
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Format: VHS Tape
I've had the book for many many years and I would reread it yearly for the purpose of going back in time when my cares were small and I enjoyed it better then. I even had the beta version of the movie and did not like the movie, not the people but it did not follow the book and I think it deserves a new movie and one about the follow up book too. My book has tape all over to keep it together and now that I am unable to work I prefer to live in my books and especially my side of the mountain. I would love to make a movie that follows the book more closely and I believe that it would make the greatest weekly show for small ones and big ones like me. I'm 48 and I've had my book over 30 years and would suggest it to anyone that would enjoy living off the land. Simply written and its held my interest for years. HGH
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Format: VHS Tape
As a fifth grade teacher who shows this movie to my class AFTER they read the novel, I find that they prefer the book. Why? There is more detail in the book, and they don't appreciate the unrealistic scene with Frightful in the middle. However, the movie does serve a valuable purpose, which is why I show it each year. We get to meet the majestic Frightful, hear her shrill cry, appreciate her soaring beauty. It's also interesting to see the inside of Sam's tree, and to have a real face put to Bando. But, for the true experience, the book by Jean Craighead George MUST be read!!
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