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The Mountain Men (Bilingual)

Charlton Heston , Brian Keith , Richard Lang    DVD
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Sit down, flatlander." March 7 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Hawken muzzle loaders. Plugs of chewing tobacco the size of your fist. Buffalo robes. Beaver pelts. Jugs of whiskey.
But enough about last night's party.
Director Richard Lang's THE MOUNTAIN MEN is a rough-and-tumble yarn depicting the fur trapping industry's final days in the pristine splendor of the northern Rockies. Even in such a remote region, the demand back East for top hats made of beaver skin resulted in the virtual extinction of the buck-toothed rodents in their mountain habitats; on top of that, silk hats were rapidly becoming the fashion craze, creating even more of a hardship on the gritty mountain men who trapped along countless streams and rivers, searching for what remained of the elusive beaver population.
It was a hard life, predicated on an individual's ability to survive in a harsh environment based on his wits and his bare hands. Interaction with other people was rare--the need to get along with neighboring Indian tribes a must. And infrequently, perhaps once every two or three years, the trappers would unite at a "rendezvous" to trade their pelts for cash and let off a little steam. To say that such a gathering was rowdy and violent is kind of like saying turtles have shells.
Charlton Heston "shines" (a little mountain man lingo, there) as fur trapper Bill Tyler, a quiet man who only wishes to be left alone so he can find that last valley just teeming with beaver. But there's a problem: while fighting off a band of Blackfoot bent on stealing his horses and supplies he attracts the company of a young squaw (Victoria Racimo) who happens to be married to a chief with a very serious attitude (Stephen Macht). Thus Tyler and his new companion are forced to run, and run, and run some more to escape the warrior's wrath.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry is sometimes truer than history. Oct. 11 1999
Format:VHS Tape
This film captures the spirit and much of the feel of the period. I could not disagree more with Maltin's review. Before he criticizes, he should know of what he speaks. If anything, the movie glosses over the enormous physical and mental demends placed on the people who lived like this--and loved it. What the movie lacks in historical accuracy (in terms of what happened, where and when--costuming is excellent) it more than makes up for in capturing the human element.
Indeed, that is the one area where the film suffers. Had it been longer, there would be more time for character develpment. Heston (Bill Tyler) turns in an excellent performance, but he is almost upstaged by Keith (Henry Prapp.) At the moment, the name of the actor who gives a very fine portrayal of Heavy Eagle escapes me. Considering the limited time avaliable to him, his development of the character is remarkable. One of the great things about the film is that even the villain (Heavy Eagle) comes across as very human. He arouses both revulsion and compassion. One understands him, and, by understanding, is compelled to respect.
Another thing I liked was the protrayal of the aboriginal people: there is no "noble savage" or "bloodthirsty redskin" here. These are people, no more and no less, of a different (and to European eyes, alien) culture. They have human frailties, human strengths, and human dignity. (When they lack dignity, anybody would lack dignity.)
Yes, the film is a little raw-boned, but so were the times and the lives of the people in them. This really shines!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great realism April 2 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Heres one that has been a favorite of mine since i first saw it. Panoramic in all aspects. Granted it may not be for the whole family as some have pointed out but then not all movies are made for children. I highly doubt if mountain men were concerned with the politically correct world in which some seem to be obsessed. At any rate its a great movie. Wheres the DVD?????
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This movie is very entertaining and very instructive for muzzleloading enthusiasts, who participate in shooting and tomahawk throwing contests at annual rendez-vous. It shows several crucial aspects of that rough life of independent, freedom-loving, beaver trappers, or mountain men. This movie may also help to promote the sale of St. Louis Hawken rifles (Heston = Chairman of the NRA) and to raise the interest in a relatively unknown historical era towards the end of the fur trade, between, say, the Lewis and Clark Expedition by the Corps of Discovery in 1803-06 and the Fall of the Alamo in 1836, a simpler historical period, clearly far before the Civil War and its gutwrenching questions raised by the abolition of slavery, and the following unreal "cowboy" wild west fights between ranchers and settlers, as portrayed by John Wayne. The somewhat flat story of this movie "Mountain Men," of "bad indians" versus "good (white male) beaver trappers," partially fighting about an indian squaw, plays out in the Rocky Mountains near the Grand Tetons (Jackson Hole, Wisconsin), just south of the border between Canada and the USA. Some individual special fights and flights are quite well executed, e.g., a jump from a cliff in a foaming river and the portrayal of very old, but still lascivious "Jim Bridger" in his suit of steel at the rendez-vous is priceless. But, don't go to see the movie for the story, but go to see it for the bawdy and rough life style of these free-spirited mountain men, their muzzleloaders and tomahawks and their acoutrements. That life is far less idyllic and Arcadian than the 1837 drawings of Alfred Miller. See it for the spectacular scenery and vistas of the Rocky Mountain. And, of course, see it for Charleston Heston, as a fairly credible 50-year old "Lion in Winter," who, initially reluctantly, but soon convincingly, hooks up with a "trophy wife" in the form of a pretty indian squaw.
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4.0 out of 5 stars attention getting
This is a good movie. It shows how tough life was back in the days when men lived in the wilderness. Well acted and great story.
Published on Oct. 6 2011 by Lorraine Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Baudy and Entertaining
This show has a fairly good story line, fine acting and stunning scenery. I saw this show when it was first released and the one aspect of the picture that I think I loved the... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Brian Coggeshall
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Story of the Fur Trappers of the Rockies
"The Mountain Men" tells the story of two free-spirited fur trappers along the Rocky Mountain range in the mid-19th century. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2003 by Matthew S. Schweitzer
3.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Performance
While I found the film long and the music tiresome, there was one OUTSTANDING performance - Stephen Macht playing Heavy Eagle! Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2003 by S. Macht
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Stinker
If you are enamoured of the fur trade and mountainmen, then you might like this one. Heston and Keith have done better work, but it wasn't in this movie. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Like the Movie? read the book
I watched this movie during the same time I was reading the Terry C. Johnston books on Titus Bass (fictional Character) and found the two very similar. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002 by "homeybobo"
1.0 out of 5 stars 1940's Technology
This is one of the best under rated movies out there. Charlton Heston and Brian Keith are superb. I have been looking forward to it's release on DVD and how is it released? Read more
Published on July 24 2002 by Hugh M. Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mountain Men
I thought that the DVD version was great. So much better than that old VHS version. The only thing better would for it to be in the wide screen version in order to be able to see... Read more
Published on June 25 2002 by Jan Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie, very entertaining
I have seen the movie, but not the dvd yet, just got it today. i would have gave it 5 stars sight unseen if it was a widescreen version.
Published on June 20 2002 by Jenny R. Amrhein&Torrey G. Amrhein
4.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Men
This is a great movie for the history and out door enthusiest,
I just wish it was on DVD, because I have worn out my VHS version.
Published on Feb. 13 2002 by tom amereihn
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