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Fire on the Mountain (1996)

Steve Kanaly , George Gage , Beth Gage  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • 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)
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOTC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fire on the Mountain" on IMDb

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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

Product Description

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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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1940's outdoorsmen become war heroes and more July 10, 1999
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars fire on the mountain 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered on time May 25, 2014
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Book and tape appear to be as advertised, print in book a little small for my old eyes.Still agood buy for the bucks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story of World War II March 10, 2014
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I saw this video for sale at the 10th Mountain Division Museum in Vail, CO. They wanted $40 for it, but I got it on Amazon for $20.

Excellent video, well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like military history you need this. March 2, 2014
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As a former 10th Mountain member, I was shown this at my newcomer's briefing and I finally bought myself a copy. It is a great story about some incredible individuals who have lead absolutely amazing lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary!!! September 27, 2013
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I love this true story of the 10th mountain division--soldiers on skis. the footage, music and interviews are fascinating and I highly recommend this to every age as both history and entertainment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book September 23, 2013
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Having know several people from the 10th, this video is a great depiction of what they went through and sacrificed to defeat a treacherous foe .
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