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The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)

Young ski champion Jill Kinmont is left paralyzed after a tragic skiing accident. Her best friend suffers the same fate after contracting polio. Jill must slowly put her life back together again with the help of those close to her.

Director:

Larry Peerce

Writers:

E.G. Valens (based on the book "A Long Way Up" by) (as E. G. Valens), David Seltzer (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Hassett ... Jill Kinmont
Beau Bridges ... Dick Buek
Belinda Montgomery ... Audra Jo (as Belinda J. Montgomery)
Nan Martin ... June Kinmont
William Bryant ... Bill Kinmont (as Bill Bryant)
Dabney Coleman ... Dave McCoy
Bill Vint Bill Vint ... Buddy Werner
Hampton Fancher ... Lee Zadroga
William Roerick William Roerick ... Dr. Pittman
Dori Brenner Dori Brenner ... Cookie
Walter Brooke ... Dean
Jocelyn Jones ... Linda Meyers
Greg Mabrey ... Bob Kinmont
Tony Becker ... Jerry Kinmont
Griffin Dunne ... Herbie Johnson
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Jill Kinmont. In 1955, eighteen-year-old Jill is a truly talented, gifted skier and a shoo-in for the 1956 Winter Olympics. But Jill comes close to losing everything when she takes a near fatal fall off a mountain during the last race of the season. Paralyzed from the shoulders down, Jill now has to climb another kind of mountain-working her way up from total helplessness to leading a fulfilling life. With the help of family, friends, and an extraordinary man, Jill begins the quest up that mountain. Written by Anonymous

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1975 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Window to the Sky See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$34,673,100
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real Jill Kinmont was a technical adviser on the film. Her work included three days on Mammoth Mountain, where many of the ski racing shots were filmed. She was transported on a mechanical "snowcat", with her wheelchair strapped to the back. See more »

Quotes

Jill Kinmont: [Jill laboriously picks up a potato chip from a bowl on her lap] Didn't even break. That's the hardest thing of all.
Buddy Werner: Jill, aren't you gonna walk?
Jill Kinmont: Walk?
Buddy Werner: Yeah, I, I thought you were...
Jill Kinmont: No. I'm never gonna walk.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Master Ninja I (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Richard's Window
Music by Charles Fox
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Olivia Newton-John
(UK aka title "A Window To The Sky")
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Too much of a good thing...
8 July 2000 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Oscar Wilde wrote: "In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what you wants, and the other is getting it."

To rephrase his thought, Jill suggests there are likewise only two joys... One is having God answer all your prayers, the other is not receiving the answer to all your prayers...

The four words: Your injury is permanent' slam into Jill Kinmont's consciousness like a bullet... She was a ski champion, full of life, action and beauty... Now, almost totally paralyzed after a bad fall...

Being Quadraplegic, means that every aspect in her life is different from that point on... Her total care is left up to other people: She cannot bathe herself, feed herself, or dress herself... Jill automatically suffers the effects of having no arms and no legs, and becomes incontenant as well...

Marilyn Hassett makes Kinmont a fighter whose determination initially explodes and inspires some to have unreasonable expectations of her limited recovery... She tries to reach a state of empowerment, the right to feel proud of herself, and what she is, and what she does, and to have that pride recognized as acceptable by her love ones... The tender romance between her and Beau Bridges provides some fine moments...

The film, a tearjerker based on a real case, is altogether too much of a good thing...


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