Monday, January 11, 2010

Courage Mountain


This movie was one of my favorites growing up. It is the “continuing story” of Heidi.

Heidi is about 14 at the beginning of the movie, and has just been given an inheritance from Clara’s grandmother. Her grandfather recommends that she use it for school. Heidi makes the difficult decision to leave her home in the alps, and attend a distant boarding school. While she is there World War 1 breaks out in earnest. As the fighting draws closer, the boarding school is taken over as a military headquarters. Due to the placement of the war Heidi is unable to return home. She and the young women who don’t have family in the area are sent to an orphanage. Heidi soon realizes that the couple who runs the orphanage uses the children as slave labor and that they have no intention of allowing her to go home. She and a handful of the other children devise an escape. They must face both the warzone and the rigors of crossing the alps in winter.

As a child this was one of my favorite movies. I loved the courage of Heidi (Juliette Caton), the heroism of Peter (Charlie Sheen), the steadiness of Grandfather, and the tenacity of the schoolteacher. It had just the right mixture of suspense and personality.

In rewatching it I have found very little objectionable material. There is one scene near the beginning where the girls are bathing, but in the school this is done clothed. Heidi doesn’t realize this, but she is set straight promptly. In another brief scene a woman is shown in a very low top. The most objectionable thing I found was one instance of using the Lords name in vain—which was also the only instance of foul language in the movie.

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