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In this fine Disney adventure based on a true story, Rudi Matt (James MacArthur), employed as a kitchen worker, decides to climb to the top of the Citadel, the same treacherous climb that had taken the life of his father. With the support of a renowned English mountain climber (Michael Rennie) and his loving girlfriend (Janet Munro), Rudi vigorously trains for, and then conquers, this dangerous quest. This film was shot on location in Zermat, Switzerland, and features breathtaking views of the mountain scenery.
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CastNora Swinburne, James Donald, Herbert Lom, Laurence Naismith, James MacArthur, Walter Fitzgerald, Michael Rennie, Janet Munro, Lee Patterson, Ferdy Mayne
DirectorKen Annakin
Genre:  Adventure, Drama, Family
Release Date:  10 November 1959 (USA)
Screen WriterEleanore Griffin, James Ramsey Ullman
Runtime:  105 min
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review by . January 15, 2010
Idyllic scenery and a sweet story
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 …
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