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Fire on the Mountain (1981)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 23 November 1981
The story of one man's defiance of the United States government. The hero, John Vogelin, is an old rancher whose property adjoins the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. When the U.S. ... See full summary »

Director:

Donald Wrye

Writers:

Edward Abbey (book), John Sacret Young
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Buddy Ebsen ... John Vogelin
Ron Howard ... Lee Mackie
Julie Carmen ... Cruza Peralta
Rossie Harris ... Billy Starr
Ed Brodow Ed Brodow ... Maj. Parrell
Michael Conrad ... Desalius
Gary Graham ... Marshal Burr
Derrel Maury
Xander Berkeley
Richard Chaves ... Army lieutenant
Harvey Vernon ... Bartender
Will Hare ... Hayduke
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The story of one man's defiance of the United States government. The hero, John Vogelin, is an old rancher whose property adjoins the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. When the U.S. Air Force tries to take the possession of the ranch in order to extend the missile range, the old man refuses to give up his property. Aided only by his twelve-year-old grandson, Vogelin shows what one determined individual can do in the face of overwhelming legal and military power. Written by Christer Lindh <clindh@abalon.se>

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Homem de Fibra See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Buddy Ebsen and Ron Howard in modern-day Western
22 May 2005 | by lightninboySee all my reviews

Young Billy Starr spends the summer with elderly John Vogelin (Buddy Ebsen) on a ranch in southern New Mexico. John has a '48-'50 Ford pickup. Cruza Peralta is John's young woman housekeeper. Lee Mackie (Ron Howard) is a land speculator who anticipates selling land to the United States government for military use. Lee has a Ford Bronco. Lee and Cruza attempt to form a relationship. John's ranch becomes commandeered by the government. John doesn't want to sell. The government rounds up John's cattle and sells them in El Paso. John isn't necessarily unpatriotic; he just wants things to stay as they are. John can't fight the government and win, and he doesn't want to adapt to a different way of life. What will become of him?


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