Parents' Guide to

My Side of the Mountain (1969)

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

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

Movie G 1969 100 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 9+

A great movie for families

this movie is good for everybody to see children nine and up as well as family members to at this movie is pretty much for everyone to see and enjoy about this boy who goes in and goes on a zone there in the wilderness runs away from home but this movie I highly recommend not just for kids that are nine and up but it’s also for adults to this is a great movie one of the best it was ever made thank you and hope you enjoy this movie if you have not seen it.

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age 8+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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Kids say (2):

Although it can feel a bit dated at times, this quiet, thoughtful film is a lovely celebration of boyhood and nature. Along with the book, the film has inspired a generation of kids to take to the outdoors. Ted Eccles is wonderful as Sam, and kids will love the wily Gus and the faithful Frightful. And after watching Sam fiercely fight for independence and self-reliance in the first half of the film, seeing his relationship with Bando reluctantly bloom is a tender treat.

Unlike modern kid flicks, the pacing of this film is quite slow, with much of the focus placed on small details, a style that some kids may find hard to get into. But those with a budding interest in science or the natural world will be fascinated by the plethora of details given about surviving on the land and may be inspired to take a trip outside.

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