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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable family story, 30 Sep 2009
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Y. M. Salib (Staffordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have seen this film a long time ago on TV and I bought it on DVD because I feel it is one of the best Walt Disney classics movies. It tells about a young boy who has a dream of climbing a mountain top and when he has the opportunity to do so, a humanitarian duty let him sacrifice his life long ambition without feeling bitter about it.I leaves a great feeling and there is a lot of moral fables to the young in it. It is a simple wounderful story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wholesome film that takes you back to a more innocent era, 3 Feb 2011
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I first saw this film on telly when I was a teenage boy. Now as an adult I decided to buy the DVD and see if it was as magical as I remembered it. I was pleasantly surprised.

The story is set in Switzerland and its about a young man, Rudi Matt (played by the lovely James MacArthur) who's ambition is to climb the Citadel, a treacherous mountain that claimed the life of his father. With encouragement from a famous English climber (Michael Rennie) and his devoted girlfriend he sets about to achieve his ambition.

If like me you like stunning scenery, snow and jagged alpine peaks, you should find this forgotten little gem particularly enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Idyllic scenery and a sweet story, 15 Jan 2010
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Kona (Emerald City) - See all my reviews
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The story opens in the mid-19th century in a picturesque Swiss village under the towering Citadel. Young Rudi Matt (James MacArthur) wants desperately to be a famous climbing guide like his late father and finally gets the chance to accompany an English climber (Michael Rennie) on a trek up the never-before-scaled mountain.

If you like mountain climbing, you'll love this movie which was beautifully filmed on location in Zermatt and the Matterhorn. The story is pure Disney with an idealist hero, his spunky girl friend (Janet Munroe), and lot of loveable villagers looking after them. MacArthur is sweet and boyish and contrasts well with Rennie's sophisticated gentleman. The first half of the movie was more interesting for me than the final ascent (featuring Herbert Lom as a semi-villain), which was somewhat anti-climatic, but it's a feel-good movie all the same.

An interesting note: Walt Disney loved the location so much that he built the Matterhorn bobsled ride at Disneyland after filming this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A guide - at any rate, a guide of Kurtal - does not leave his client on a mountain and go on alone.", 17 Dec 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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It may not tap into the primal majesty of Arnold Fanck and Leni Riefenstahl's once-hugely popular German `berg' films of the Thirties, but Disney's 1959 live-action feature Third Man on the Mountain is a rather splendid family-friendly adventure that benefits from a stronger story and characterisation. Not that either are particularly complex: James MacArthur is the son of a legendary guide who died trying to save a climber on the deadly Citadel, the only mountain in the area that has never been climbed and which kills most of those who make the attempt. Dreaming of becoming a guide himself, he's relegated to the kitchen of the local hotel that has done very nicely out of the fame his father's death has brought the village, his uncle (James Donald) determined to keep firmly down on the ground for his mother's sake while girlfriend Janet Munro and former guide Laurence Naismith know that's not going to happen. Things start looking up when he saves the life of Michael Rennie's legendary climber, who's planning his own assault on the Citadel, but none of the town's guides will go with him...

It's the kind of well-crafted old-fashioned storytelling that still holds up very well indeed, with an appealing cast, some gorgeous Technicolor photography of some stunning Swiss locations and some impressive footage on the mountains themselves that isn't over-reliant on Peter Ellenshaw's occasional matte painting. There are plenty of familiar faces in the cast, from Herbert Lom's reliably bad tempered guide from a rival village, locals Ferdy Mayne and a very recognisable but unbilled Roger Delgado (the Master from Doctor Who) and even an unbilled cameo for MacArthur's mother Helen Hayes. Only the usually reliable James Donald, who specialised in playing the understated voice of reason in tales of obsession like Bridge on the River Kwai, is a bit more awkward playing outside his comfort zone as the stern, occasionally belligerent uncle, but it's more a performance that occasionally wavers in the wrong direction before righting itself than one that hurts the picture. It's still hugely entertaining, so it's little surprise that Disney would reunite MacArthur, Munro and Annakin for Swiss Family Robinson [DVD] [1960] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] the following year.

It's just a shame that the barebones NTSC Region 1 DVD release didn't get remastered - it's not a disastrous transfer but it looks like a simple port of the old video transfer which is mostly adequate but lacks the kind of extra detail that would give it a bit more bite. No extras either, despite Disney devoting an episode of his Disneyland TV show to its production that could easily have been included.
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