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Fire on the Mountain

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The documentary film Fire on the Mountain, directed by Beth & George Gage, tells the amazing and powerful story of America's only mountain and winter warfare fighting unit, the 10th Mountain Division.

Composed of an elite group of champion skiers, mountain climbers, and European mountaineers, the 10th was created by the U.S. Army to fight the Nazis and Axis troops in the high mountain passes of Europe in World War II. Following intensive training in the Colorado Rockies and elsewhere, the 10th was shipped to Italy to battle the dug-in Nazis. An intense campaign ensued, highlighted by a spectacular night climb of Italy's Riva Ridge - where the 10th scored their biggest victory against Hitler's troops.

The story of the 10th continued well after the war. These combat veterans applied their hard-learned wisdom to starting companies (Nike), creating ski areas (Veil and Aspen), and helping non-profit organizations (the Sierra Club and Outward Bound). Another inspiring story in Fire on the Mountain is their return to Riva Ridge 50 years later, where alongside once bitter enemies they re-climb the ridge in a spirit of peace and cooperation. All told, Fire on the Mountain is a riveting, entertaining look at our country's heroes awe well as "a tremendous emotional experience." (Los Angeles Times)

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Bracing exploits, hearty outdoorsmen powerfully captured on film! A spirit of brotherhood and a love of the wilderness permanently changed their lives. --New York Times

It brings back those times when we could be unashamedly patriotic and profoundly proud of our military men and their sacrifices and accomplishments. --Los Angeles Times

You've never seen a war film like this! See this movie even if you have to ski to the video store! --Village Voice

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Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Kanaly
  • Directors: George Gage, Beth Gage
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fire on the Mountain" on IMDb

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By gregmiller@foxinternet.net on July 10, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
An excellent documentary of the WWII Tenth Mountain Division, the only US troops ever trained for mountain battles. Sort of an outdoorsy version of Brokaw's book The Greatest Generation. The division proved an irresistable opportunity to the best skiers, climbers and outdoorsmen of the day who wanted to both pursue their avocations as well as serve their country. The film provides an entertaining look into the training methods and battles of the division. But the most interesting part of the story of the tenth division is the significance of the post-war contributions of its members in fields such as sports business and environmentalism. The surviving members, all well into their seventies and eighties, still hold an annual reunion to climb, hike, ski and reminisce about their fallen comrades. In one incredibly moving segment, the film documents one recent reunion where the members held a joint climb with members of a similar club of Italian veterans on the mountain that was the sight of their greatest battle.
Anyone should find this video entertaining, but outdoor enthusiasts should find it particularly enjoyable. These men are admirable to me for their skill and dedication in the outdoors in an era before such activites became fashionable; add in their sense of duty and honor as well as their eloquence and I find them to be true heroes. I thank the producers of this film for introducing them to me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ellen M. Hyatt on March 13, 2010
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Fabulous movie for anyone even remotely interested in the 10th mountain division or the outcome of WW2.
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EXC. production!
Only wish my first husband, Neil Robinson, Sr (who died in 1975 of a brain tumor) had been alive and able to be interviewed as a former trainer of the 87th > 10th Mt ski troops when this film was produced. Since he broke an ankle skiing for a Warner Bros. promotional film during the training period at Camp Hale, the 10th Mt troops left for Europe without him; on recovery, he served in the Pacific as a medical-surgical tech for the balance of WWII. He enjoyed many memories of his time at Camp Hale! Neil was the first American ski pro to be Eastern-certified following WWII, and also held instructor licenses from Canada and Norway. Like many other early New England skiers (racers and pros), on return from the war he helped develop ski schools and train future ski school directors who became legendary, like him, nationwide. He also served for many years as a "Senior Examiner" of the Eastern Certification Committee and was a charter member of the PSIA. As a member of Howard Head's Advisory Committee, Neil assisted Howard from the late 1940s - thru 1960's in the design/development of various Head Ski models, starred in 1950's-60's Bromley Ski Area promo films, was featured in Look and Life Magazine full-page product ads, starred in the mid-'60s Vitalis "ski hero" ads on TV, skied on film for John Jay, Warren Miller, Jim Farnsworth and others and was often a featured guest on the Captain Kangaroo TV show. He remained a close friend of numerous surviving 10th Mt. ski professionals, and has been memorialized in Vermont's Ski Hall of Fame. Respectfully submitted, Joan ("Zip") Robinson, Rio Rancho, NM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By buyer s on August 9, 2011
Format: DVD
If you like skiing, mountaineering, and WW2 historical movies, you'll love Fire on the Mountain. It's the story of the selection, training, operations, and post-war accomplishments of the 10th Mountain Division during WW2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Myers on February 5, 2015
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Very good look at the 10th Mountain Division and the entire era of the GI army that fought World War II. In particular, the bitter Italian ground war is vividly portrayed in this documentary.
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By Marty Hess on February 13, 2013
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This is a great movie for anyone who skis or is a WWII buff. It is the story of the 10th Mountain Division founded in the United States.
These brave men were instrumental in the battle to take back Italy from the Nazis. They were not only brave soldiers, but
great outdoorsmen. This movie is shown in the ski museum in Vail Colorado and sells for $40. I was extremely pleased to find it used for $18. It was a gfit for my friend who has been on the ski patrol for many years.. The men of the 10th mountain patrol started the National Ski Patrol that still patrols ski resorts in this country. Very good historical documentary.
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My son joined the Army a few months ago and has been assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain. It was very interesting to see the origins of his unit, and why they stilll wear the "Mountain" strip above the division patch.

This was a proud unit, built up from people with specific skills for a specific objective. I would have liked to see more about the postwar activities. I did find the short film about the 10th Mountain in the 21st century very interesting. After I got over initially being scared and worried for my son, I enjoyed being able to learn more about his unit.
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I saw it first at the National Ski Hall of Fame in my home town of Ishpeming, MI. My 92 year old uncle was in the 10th Mtn. division that took Mt. Belvedere. I bought the dvd and brought it to him in the nursing home. The activity director there arranged to show it and 20 residents showed up and thoroughly enjoyed watching it with my uncle.
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