The US Army's 10th Mountain Division was the product and preserve of ski bums, refugee European sportsmen, wealthy amateurs, and mountaineers. FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN looks at the men who forged that new fighting unit, suffered high losses in WWII and went on to found the American ski industry.
A 1962 novel by Edward Abbey was the source for this 1981 TV movie. Buddy Ebsen plays a stubborn oldster who refuses to leave his mountain property when it is targeted for a government missile base. Not even a promised $100,000 compensation will induce Ebsen to leave. Young land developer Ron Howard is sent to vacate Ebsen, but soon Howard joins the older man in defying the military. Soon it boils down to a battle of wills between Ebsen and the equally bullheaded army officer Michael Conrad. FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN may have your typical "all-TV" cast, but it's a good one.
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