The Other Side of the Mountain
- For the 1931 children's book of the same name, see May Justus.
|The Other Side of the Mountain|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Larry Peerce|
|Produced by||Edward S. Feldman|
|Screenplay by||David Seltzer|
|Based on||A Long Way Up
by E.G. Valens
|Music by||Charles Fox|
|Cinematography||David M. Walsh|
|Edited by||Eve Newman|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
In early 1955, Kinmont was the national champion in slalom, and was a top U.S. prospect for a medal in the 1956 Winter Olympics, a year away. She was paralyzed in a near-fatal downhill accident at the Snow Cup in Alta, Utah, weeks before her 19th birthday, leaving her quadriplegic. Jill Kinmont Boothe died in Carson City, Nevada, on Feb. 9, 2012.
The film was directed by Larry Peerce, and stars Marilyn Hassett and Beau Bridges. It features the Oscar-nominated theme song "Richard's Window" (composed by Charles Fox, lyrics by Norman Gimbel), sung by Olivia Newton-John.
A sequel, The Other Side of the Mountain Part 2, was made in 1978.
- Marilyn Hassett - Jill Kinmont
- Beau Bridges - Dick "Mad Dog" Buek
- Belinda J. Montgomery - Audra Jo Nicholson
- Nan Martin - June Kinmont
- Bill Vint - Buddy Werner
- Dabney Coleman - Dave McCoy
- William Bryant - Bill Kinmont
- Hampton Fancher - Lee Zadroga
- William Roerick - Dr. Pittman
- Dori Brenner - Cookie
- Walter Brooke - Dean
- Jocelyn Jones - Linda Meyers
- Greg Mabrey - Bob Kinmont
- Tony Becker - Jerry Kinmont as a boy
- Griffin Dunne - Herbie Johnson
The Other Side of the Mountain was the most successful box office release for Universal Pictures in years, and was said to have helped the company survive a difficult period.
The film earned North American theatrical rentals of $8.2 million.
Vincent Canby of The New York Times said: "The audience it's aimed at likes to know in advance each new heartbreak, no matter how clumsily the hints are heaved at them. Such foreknowledge is reassuring and very much a part of the pleasure of weeper movies. ... Knowing the kind of movie he wanted to make, Mr. Peerce has worked with a singleminded purpose to achieve it. He has an extremely pretty, efficient young actress named Marilyn Hassett to play Jill, and he has Beau Bridges to play the daredevil of a fellow - skier, motorcyclist, sky diver - who loves Jill through thick and thin. In a film like this, Mr. Bridges's appearance is the sort of certificate of honor the audience looks for. ... There are some beautiful ski scenes and some terrifying scenes in the hospital. The movie also contains a couple of moments of genuine feeling - all set in a Los Angeles center for the rehabilitation of the handicapped - that raise the over-all tone. Mostly, though, the inspiration one detects in The Other Side of the Mountain is the inspiration to make the kind of prefabricated romantic movie that every few years turns the American public into a bunch of blubbering idiots."
- "The Other Side of the Mountain, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012.
- "All-time Film Rental Champs", Variety, 7 January 1976 p. 44
- Vincent Canby, "Other Side of the Mountain", Nov. 5, 1975 https://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E04E5DF1F39E63BBC4D52DFB767838E669EDE