The Climb (1999 film)

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The Climb
TheClimb CoverArt.jpg
DVD Cover Art for The Climb Re-Release
Directed by Bob Swaim
Produced by Executive Producers
Robert Rea
Mark McClafferty

Mark McClafferty
Pamela Edwards McClafferty
Tom Parkinson
Written by Vince McKewin
Starring John Hurt
Gregory Smith
David Strathairn
Stephen McHattie
Seth Smith
Sarah Buxton
Marla Sokoloff
Matthew Ness
Music by Gréco Casadesus
Cinematography Allen Guilford
Edited by Marie Sophie Dubus
Distributed by Spellbound Pictures
Release date
Running time
94 minutes
Country New Zealand
Language English
Budget $US6 million

The Climb is a dramatic film directed by Bob Swaim starring John Hurt, Gregory Smith, David Strathairn, Marla Sokoloff, and Sarah Buxton. It was re-released on DVD 21 August 2007.

Plot synopsis[edit]

John Langer, (John Hurt) a crusty old civil engineer, has an arsenal full of memories. With irreverent wit, he rattles on, in his irascible humorous style, burning his spicy stories into the imagination of a young neighbour kid, Danny Himes (Gregory Smith). Danny is a gifted, spirited athlete with something to prove. Worldly, old man Langer has turned his back on proving anything at all.

Langer and Danny seem an unlikely pair, but their relationship soon turns from young caregiver/caretaker to student/mentor to comrades on a quest to free themselves individually from life's inequities and inevitabilities.

It's post World War II. Danny's father, Earl (David Strathairn), did not serve in the military and is considered a coward. Danny excels to overcome his father's reputation while Earl is actually more a man than the town knows.


Actor Role
John Hurt Chuck Langer
Gregory Smith Danny Himes
David Strathairn Earl Himes
Stephen McHattie Jack McLaskin
Seth Smith Andy Sweeney
Sarah Buxton Ruth Langer
Marla Sokoloff Leslie Himes
Matthew Ness Wayne Barto


The UNICEF Award – Berlin German
Winner of the Jury Grand Prix – Vienna Film Festival
Pierrot D'or Grand Prix – Pierrot Gourmand Film Festival
Special Mention – Montreal Film Festival
The Prix du Public – Giffoni Film Festival
Best Picture – New Zealand Film Award
Official Viewer's Choice – Temecula Valley Intern'l Film Festival
Best Action Adventure – Houston Film Festival
Best Action Adventure – Flagstaff Film Festival


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