A Hero's Climb (1997)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Childhood Drama, Coming-of-Age, Period Film  |   Release Date - Feb 1, 1999 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - Canada , France , New Zealand , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Synopsis by Tracie Cooper

Directed by Bob Swaim, The Climb chronicles the efforts of a father and son trying to prove their bravery. Set in the 1950's and shot in New Zealand, 12-year-old Danny (Gregory Smith) is determined to reach the highest point of the town, which, in this case, is a 203-foot radio tower. The tower in question, however, is scheduled to be demolished due to the accidents created by kids who had already attempted the climb. Despite the danger, Danny (Smith) feels that climbing the tower would prove once and for all that his father is not the cowardly war-dodger he's reputed to be, and that Danny himself is not one to be bullied. Though Danny had expected to plan and execute the climb in full, he finds an unlikely ally in Mr. Langer (John Hurt), his ill-tempered, hard-drinking neighbor.



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