The Climb 1997

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The Climb ★★½ 1997 (PG-13)

In late '50s Baltimore, 12yearold Danny (Smith) is the target of bullies and humiliated by the fact that his dad Earl (Strathairn) is accused of cowardice because he's not a vet. So Danny decides to prove his own courage by climbing the local, soontobedemolished 203foot radio tower. Danny is unexpected aided by his crochety neighbor, Chuck Langer (Hurt), a harddrinking grump dying of cancer. But when Danny gets into trouble, it's his dad who comes to the rescue. Nostalgic family fare. 94m/C VHS, DVD . FR NZ Gregory Edward Smith, John Hurt, David Strathairn, Stephen McHattie, Seth Smith, Sarah Buxton; D: Bob Swaim; W: Vince McKewin; C: Allen Guilford; M: Greco Casadeus.