A thirteen year-old boy decides to runaway from home to live in harmony with nature.
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Media Type: DVD
Title: MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN
Street Release Date: 04/27/2004
Laurie W. from HILLSBORO, OH Reviewed on 10/27/2009...
Classic. The average child today may not be able to sit and watch it through but that is a case for their parents to take notice of and correct. (i.e. too much tv, consoles, etc. - make them READ more!). Read the book before watching this movie.
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Excellent Novel, Disappointing Movie
Curtis J. George | Centreville, Maryland | 07/28/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Wild Boy Lives in Mountains on Nuts and Venison
Princess | New York | 01/18/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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!!"
A timeless classic!
tvrepairman | USA | 06/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie over 20 yrs ago. My wife recently purchased the video from Amazon.com and this movie was loved by my whole family. It doesn't get much better than this and the movie reminds me some of the old Walt Disney shows several years ago on sunday nights when i was a kid. Of course, i still think movies are no comparison to Books, but if you just look at movies then this movie can't be beat. The boy goes to the mountains to live off the land, learn about nature and conduct his experiments and learn about himself. It's wonderful!"
SAY! Maybe Disney should remake this film!
L. Appelman | 11/04/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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 turned 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!
Sam was believable, he just had a bad script. 3 stars for effort."