A Hero's Climb

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6.71 h 38 min199913+
John Langer has an arsenal full of memories. He rattles on, burning stories into the imagination of young neighbor, Danny. They become comrades on a quest to free themselves from life's inequities. Danny's father, Earl, who did not serve in WWII, is considered a coward. Danny excels to overcome his father's reputation, but Earl is actually more of a man than the town could ever know.
Directors
Bob Swaim
Starring
John HurtGregory SmithDavid Strathairn
Genres
KidsDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Stephen McHattieSeth SmithSarah BuxtonMarla SokoloffMatthew NessOliver HodgesMichael GalvinNigel GodfreyDave PerrettPeter RowleyRichard Cox
Producers
Pamela Edwards McCaffertyTom Parkinson
Studio
Isambard Productions Ltd.
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3.9 out of 5 stars

276 global ratings

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  2. 27% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
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  5. 7% of reviews have 1 stars
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L.A.G.Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Life in a nutshell
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I don't understand why someone would not love this movie. It is life in a nutshell; life, death and all the good and not so good moment in between. Yes, there are some inappropriate moments, put they show real life, not a candy-coated version of it. I would say that it should be rated R, but only because I don’t think children would really understand the messages in it. And if you go by some of the other reviews, there are adults that don’t either.
7 people found this helpful
value lover in nw, arReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
the dad embarrassed by his lack of service during the war and the dying has-been wanting to end his life all made this movie won
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The kid from the fifties, the crazy war hero with PTSD, the dad embarrassed by his lack of service during the war and the dying has-been wanting to end his life all made this movie wonderfully entertaining. The film shows us that in the right circumstances any man can become a hero but it did take some unwarranted liberties in poking fun of religious faith.
4 people found this helpful
SecretariatReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very entertaining
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Finally found this movie and had to order it. It's just a fun movie about a boy, his dad and an old man who takes a shine to the kid. It's not Game of Thrones, but it's an adventure worth watching nonetheless (IMO).
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Getting to the top of the tower
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A relationship forms between a father and son. Another relationship forms between this son and a dying, aged man. There is a challenge for the son to be the first and only person to climb to the top of a huge tower. The dying, aged man helps the boy find a way to get to the top of tower, but he cannot get down alone. He is trapped at the top. His hero is his father. Very good performances of father, son, and dying, aged man.
KrisReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very Good. I watched this just because of the cast
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Very Good. I watched this just because of the cast. Wasn't expecting to much. What a great surprise. A well written script and solid acting from all the cast. John Hurt was, as always, excellent. David Strathairn gave a sweet, sexy and talented performance. The coming of age story line was sweet and very funny.
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SteveReviewed in the United States on January 13, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good Movie
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A good story with an ability to take us back into our childhood. A bit course in language and some of the scenes, but that's reality. I enjoyed the movie and had a few laughs over it. Acting was a bit second rate but still ok.
3 people found this helpful
10bac10Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
It's not the best movie I've ever seen
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This is about an old guy with a lot of memories and a lot of unresolved issues. He meets up with a (cute) neighbor kid and they form a friendship. The old man and the boy are in cahoots to accomplish a task that is important to both of them, for their own reasons. It's not the best movie I've ever seen, but it's fine for what it is.
2 people found this helpful
garnetReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Heart warming, and family oriented.
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This is a great family oriented film. It follows a young boy's struggles to achieve a dangerous goal, intermingled with giving of self to help another less fortunate person. It show heroism from several angles.
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