Spencer's Mountain [Blu-ray]
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Grandpa Spencer fathered nine boys in the shadow of the Grand Teton mountain bearing their name. His son Clay (Henry Fonda) married Olivia (Maureen O’Hara) and had nine more kids, “all thoroughbreds.” Now the eldest son is out of high school, eager for more in life. But college money is hard to come by. Spencer’s Mountain has deep roots too. It’s based on the Earl Hamner Jr. novel that later inspired TV’s The Waltons. The pleasures of Delmer Daves’ film are as plentiful as trout in its swirling streams. Fonda and O’Hara shine in a cast that includes Wally Cox, Donald Crisp and James MacArthur. Max Steiner supplies an evocative score. Breathtaking fields and forests add visual splendor. All enhance this beloved story of human values – and reaching for your dreams.
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If you've ever watched the TV series THE WALTONS then you'll know part of the story. This movie was based on the book by Earl Hamner which also inspired that TV series. It tells the story of young Clay Spencer, a teen about to graduate from college who has the desire to learn more. Not only does he have that desire but his parents (Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara) also want to see him get the education. Fonda has no desire to watch his son toil away in the quarry where he has all these years.
Not only do we get to see Clay and learn of his desires we get to see the entire Spencer clan as well. Clay has numerous brothers and sisters as does his father. His father's brothers go so far as to help him in building the dream house he has always promised his wife.
This movie is all about family and sticking together. It's a movie that will touch your heart and your soul. There are some tragic moments in the film that have stuck with me since seeing it as a child. They still tug at my heart now.
This is a movie that should be on more than a few select shelves. At the price being asked for it you have little or nothing to lose but so much to gain.
Spencer's Mountain was the movie before the series. It brings the Great Depression to life right in front of your eyes.
You can't go wrong with Maureen O'Hara in a movie. She portrayed the mom from a different angle. She was just as protective, ever so loving, and with a little bit of sadness borne from having to survive during those tough times. She also still showed that passionate, spicy attitude and energy level that Maureen O'Hara made famous in so many other favorite movies of mine. Nobody can do that better! She was more fearful here as a mom. She was the loving and faithful wife of a man who drank too much, cussed, and was generally passionately overbearing. She wanted to protect her children from being disappointed by refusing to let them try. She believed they would fail and get hurt, so she at times discouraged them from trying to succeed. This one is a little more suggestive and only slightly less wholesome than the Walton series, but not much. Fans of Henry Fonda will enjoy watching him drunk throughout much of the movie. His language is peppered with creative word choices. However, he comes through with a strong defense of his family in some surprising ways, in spite of his faults. James MacArthur does a great job as the oldest son in the family.
Grandma and Grandpa are quite different from the series. Grandpa didn't show that fun side that we're all used to from the Waltons. I felt it was there, but we didn't have time to explore it. We briefly got to see the other sons of Grandma and Grandpa as well. There was that dream of a home on the mountain, but I won't reveal how that one turns out in this movie.
I truly enjoyed watching Spencer's Mountain. It was a realistic view of family life during the Great Depression. I recommend it highly.
The story is about Clay-Boy trying to attend college. There are some themes touched in the movie that are not in the television show such as the drinking of the father. The movie is a little corny in some spots but still an entertaining movie. Henry Fonda has some very strong scenes but in others he seems like he is just going through the motions. Maureen O'Hara is wonderful as Mrs. Spencer.
I would recommend the movie even if you are not a fan of "The Walton's" television show. But, for true fans of "The Walton's" this is a must to explore the history of the writing of Earl Hamner.
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