My Side of the Mountain (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

My Side of the Mountain (1969)




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Thirteen-year old Teddy Eccles is a devotee of Thoreau, as most everybody else was in 1969. Eccles decides to spend a one-year sabbatical in the Canadian woods. His immediate companion is his pet raccoon; his spiritual companion is idealistic librarian Chris Wiggins, who supplies Eccles with books on survival. Reality intrudes when another of Eccles' kindred spirits, a falcon, is killed by insensitive hunters. But the boy survives this disillusionment with the help of Wiggins and wandering-troubadour Theodore Bikel. My Side of the Mountain is a refreshingly non-condescending adaptation of the novel by Jean Craighead George. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ted Sherdeman, Jane Klove, Joanna Crawford
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2004
Paramount Pictures


Ted Eccles
as Sam Gribley
Tudi Wiggins
as Miss Turner
Tom Harvey
as Hunter No. 2
Paul Hebert
as Hunter No. 3
Larry Reynolds
as Hunter No. 1
Danny McIlravey
as Little Boy
Gina Dick
as Daughter No. 1
Cosette Lee
as Mrs. Fielder
Peggi Loder
as Mrs. Gribley
Karen Pearson
as Daughter No. 2
Frank Perry
as Mr. Gribley
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Critic Reviews for My Side of the Mountain

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

A slender, honest study of a boy learning to be a man his own way.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

Book-based movie has quiet charm, some intense scenes.

Full Review… | February 23, 2016
Common Sense Media

The homage to nature pic appeals to youngsters and boy adventurers, but left me yearning for a safer story for a 13-year-old boy.

Full Review… | August 30, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An absolutely dreadful film that will appeal only to grown-ups who saw it when it was new.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Good family viewing that will delight kids and interest grown-ups as well.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for My Side of the Mountain


Considering when it was made, it was a good movie. It's takes you on a wilderness adventure with a lot of precious animals along the way!

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

The pedophile that made this movie apparently thought kids would like it more if he added something that wasn't in the book. So he added algae? That's right, the young hero of the movie is obsessed with algae. It is his passion. He elaborates this sentiment several times in voice-overs.

Sometimes I think about this movie at night, and I have to bite my pillow to keep from screaming in horror.

Chris S.
Chris Simon

Decent movie about a child who goes to live on his own in the mountains. The child actor is obnoxious at times, and the book, is better, but still passes as decent.

My Side of the Mountain Quotes

Sam Gribley: You killed just for sport.
– Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
Sam Gribley: I just don't need anyone.
– Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)
Sam Gribley: I've got to go out and live by myself.
– Submitted by Frances H (22 months ago)

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