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The Mountain [Import]

Spencer Tracy , Robert Wagner    Unrated   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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In these days when the natural wonders of the world can be so easily synthesized on film by computers, it's a little tough to look upon studio sets of mountain exteriors as anything but unsatisfactory. But that's the situation with Edward Dmytryk's 1956 drama The Mountain, starring Spencer Tracy as a retired mountain guide who accompanies his brash young brother (Robert Wagner) on the ascent of a rugged slope to the site of a plane crash. Essentially, Tracy goes along to keep his venal sibling from getting killed, but once at the crash location his attention shifts toward helping a Hindu survivor (Anna Kashfi) reach safety. Not so the agenda of Wagner's character, whose real mission is looting valuables from the dead. The strains and dangers of the climb up and down perfectly mirror the tense dynamics between the two men, and on this score Dmytryk (The Caine Mutiny) does a splendid job. Less compelling, however, is the action, which requires far too much suspension of disbelief even for the late '50s. --Tom Keogh

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Madness Dec 19 2002
Format:VHS Tape
If you enjoy action movies that slowly build to an exciting climax you will enjoy this one. Spencer Tracy as the older brother was a bit old to play the older brother to Robert Wagner but I guess they felt the younger brother needed to be much younger and irresponsible. As for Tracy's feat of strength, people in stressful situations get the adrenaline flowing and can do some incredible things. You have to be strong to endure that type of climbing. This movie takes place on a mountain where the two brothers go to see if there are survivors to a plane crash. Tracy's intentions are pure of heart while Wagner's are of looting. The turmoil between the two and the treacherous mountain terrain make it a movie that will draw you into this well made drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By jao
Format:VHS Tape
In my opinion, "The Mountain" was a great movie for the most part. Two brothers, Zachary Teller (Spencer Tracy) and Chris Teller (Robert Wagner) star in this adventure movie where they climb the Swiss Alps in search of a crashed airplane. Chris wants to climb the mountain and find the wreckage so he can find a lot of money from the area. However, Chris hasn't ever had any climbing experience, so it might not be safe for him to climb the mountains alone. Zachary gives in and decides to go with him, even though he doesn't agree with what Chris wants to do.
"The Mountain" is exciting and at times a little bit compelling while the two brothers climb the mountain and come close to death. Their arguing makes for an interesting twist in the movie. When they find the Hindu girl, it makes the movie even more interesting. Also, the scenery of the Swiss Alps is another good thing about "The Mountain." My only complaint with the movie is that Spencer Tracy's huge lie at the end of the movie almost turned me against the movie. But it didn't turn out as bad as it seemed like it was going to. If you like exciting adventure movies, I recommend getting "The Mountain."
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Improbable June 27 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This movie isn't really that bad, but there are too many improbable and doubtful aspects in it. For one thing Tracey plays Wagner's brother, although he looks more like his granfather (when this film was made Wagner was 26 and Tracey was 56 and looked 20 years older). Also, the feats of physical endurance are so overdone to seem almost ludicrous, even for a nineteen fifties film. The ending was OK, but I couldn't figure out why Tracey's character would bother claiming the looting of the airplane as his doing to save his brother's reputation (since they were the only two up on the mountain he could have just not mentioned it at all). But despite all these faults, the movie isn't that bad. But not one of Tracey's better films.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you climb, this movie is for you! May 24 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is a classic and a great one to watch if you are a climber. If you teach climbing or outdoor skills, it it great to use for staff training. the plot is OK, but brings about many conversations about human nature and family ties. I highly recommend it!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracy shines April 13 2011
By Vincent T. Lynch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have long awaited this film's conversion to DVD. As a kid I remember so well watching this in black and white on "Saturday Night At The Movies".

The DVD of this film, produced by Olive Films, is a fairly good transfer, although there are some scenes where the color seems to fluctuate...but then again, that may just be a result of the age of the film (well over 50 years). Certainly not enough of a problem to make the movie less enjoyable, although oddly enough, it's the in-studio "mountain climbing" where the color varies the most, not the natural Alps footage. And, considering that much of this movie was actually filmed in the French Alps, well, it's still magnificent Vista Vision photography! And, they do a great job of combining in-studio footage with Alps backgrounds, making this more realistic than many films of its era. Unfortunately, despite being in the Alps and it's snowing...you can't see their breath! Even in Ronald Colman's 1937 film "Lost Horizon" they worked in a large freezer so you could see their breath in the mountain scenes. But again, one really doesn't get lost in these shortcomings, because Spencer Tracy's acting is superb.

There are two problems with this film. First, the age difference between Spencer Tracy and Robert Wagner was not reasonable to make them brothers. Father and son would have been believable, and in my view, would have worked. But then again, in most movies you have to suspend belief in one area or another, so, okay...I can live with it. The other issue here is that Robert Wagner is such a jerk (I was going to say...well, you know) that you not only know he's going to die climbing the mountain, but from the moment early on in the film when he slaps Spencer Tracy in the face, you're rooting for him falling to his death off the mountain! But, okay there, too! ;-)

While we all know that Spencer Tracy wasn't doing the actual mountain climbing here -- he was already 56 and in somewhat declining health -- this must have been a tough movie for him to make. He may not have yet been the lion in winter, but he was certainly well into late autumn. But, over the years, as Tracy aged he only improved. His later years saw most of his finest performances...and this is one.

Robert Wagner was the "pretty boy" in the film, but does reasonably well. The supporting actors are almost irrelevant here, despite some fairly big names (Claire Trevor, for example).

A fine film and a different story...well worth viewing.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mountain - A Timeless Film Made in 1956 Oct. 13 2006
By Edward Gallagher - Published on Amazon.com
Without a doubt "The Mountain" made in 1956 is my all-time favorite film, mainly because of Spencer Tracy the all-time greatest Hollywood actor. There are many special qualities that this movie possesses which might not be appreciated after the first viewing. While watching notice that before any intros are displayed, the opening scene wastes little time showing a plane in distress which then crashes, with great visual and audio effects, on top of a mountain. The two main characters (Spencer Tracy as "Zachary Teller" and Robert Wagner as "Christopher Teller") are brothers that for reasons of good vs. evil decide to climb the mountain to reach the wreck of the crashed airliner. This becomes the basis of a fabulous and unusual plot packed with emotion, adventure and spiritual meaning. Zachary wants to help Chris climb due to the danger and the love for his brother but Chris wants to climb to take the dead passenger's possessions and escape his life as a simple farm hand. One cannot help but identify with Zachary's struggle to convince Chris that what he is doing is wrong as indicated by the following line stated before the climb began: "You want me to take you up to the top of the mountain in the sight of God so that you can pick the pockets of dead people? Isn't there anything inside of you that tells you its wrong?" Chris then responds "I'd do worse than that to get out of here", thereby setting the stage for a "clash of wills". For those who have not seen the film I will not say how it ends as I wish that all who read this review who have not seen it can one day give it a look. It has beautiful scenery of the French Alps and the countryside as well. Enjoy and God bless.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Spencer Tracy all time favorites Dec 10 2005
By D. Kralis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is absolutley one of my favorite all time movies. Spencer Tracy plays an old famous Mountaineer who has retired to his modest home to tend sheep. Then an Airplane crash on a nearby mountaintop changes his life. His young greedy womanizing brother (Played by a very young Robert Wagner) gets him to lead a climb to the crash site.

It's also a good love story. The old man makes some very heart wrenching decisions.

The climbing scenes are very authentic for mid-1900 style climbing styles and I believe this is Spencer's finest movie. Some of the others actors aren't quite as good but I watch the movie at least once a year on VHS to rejuvenate me.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Import of The Mountain is transfer from VHS Nov. 29 2010
By simon cherpitel - Published on Amazon.com
The movie to me is a five star & one of Spencer Tracy's finest performances. The edition with Korean & Chinese subtitles [THE MOUNTAIN with Spencer Tracy (Import Edition)(Adventure) (1956)], as shown in the cover image of this product has been transferred from VHS - probably the same edition sold by Paramount in VHS 20 years ago. I was very disappointed as i already had a copy from the same VHS edition--(the screen noise & dust specks make me think it IS the same NTSC VHS Paramount edition), & I think, the one i already have is a hair better in image crispness, thus a slightly better transfer made by Euro International DVDs. A wonderful movie & hope it will receive a proper digital transfer, if not from Paramount, from the company that is now doing some of the old Paramount pics. I apologize for disappointing anyone who believes they are getting a genuine transfer from other than VHS source.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mountain Madness Dec 19 2002
By C. A. Luster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:VHS Tape
If you enjoy action movies that slowly build to an exciting climax you will enjoy this one. Spencer Tracy as the older brother was a bit old to play the older brother to Robert Wagner but I guess they felt the younger brother needed to be much younger and irresponsible. As for Tracy's feat of strength, people in stressful situations get the adrenaline flowing and can do some incredible things. You have to be strong to endure that type of climbing. This movie takes place on a mountain where the two brothers go to see if there are survivors to a plane crash. Tracy's intentions are pure of heart while Wagner's are of looting. The turmoil between the two and the treacherous mountain terrain make it a movie that will draw you into this well made drama.
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