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An 18 Apr 1985 LAHExam item referred to the film by its working title, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and noted that actor Sidney Poitier would make his first onscreen appearance in the picture since 1977’s A Piece of the Action (see entry). However, the 7 Mar 1986 LADN reported that Columbia Pictures had labeled the project as “inactive.”
       Noting the new title, Mountain King, a 31 Mar 1987 HR production chart stated that principal photography was to begin on 13 Apr 1987 in Seattle, WA, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Production notes in AMPAS library files and a Mar 1988 AmCin article noted that filming also took place at Quintette Tunnels Park in Hope, British Columbia, and in Whistler, British Columbia.
       The 20 Sep 1987 LAT reported that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were contacted and asked for cooperation during filming. However, the RCMP declined based on the script’s portrayal of “illegal activities” and representation of the RCMP “as bungling idiots.” In response, a script change removed the RCMP name, and replaced it with a made-up organization called the British Columbia Provincial Police.
       A draft of the screenplay dated 12 Dec 1986 in the AFI Library listed Ron Bishop and Larry Brothers as writers with Harv Zimmel and Michael Burton, with revisions by Daniel Petrie, Jr. However, Bishop and Brothers are not credited onscreen.
       The budget was cited as $15 million in a 3 Feb 1988 Var article.
       After the film’s 12 Feb 1988 release on 1,503 screens, the 17 ... More Less

An 18 Apr 1985 LAHExam item referred to the film by its working title, In the Hall of the Mountain King, and noted that actor Sidney Poitier would make his first onscreen appearance in the picture since 1977’s A Piece of the Action (see entry). However, the 7 Mar 1986 LADN reported that Columbia Pictures had labeled the project as “inactive.”
       Noting the new title, Mountain King, a 31 Mar 1987 HR production chart stated that principal photography was to begin on 13 Apr 1987 in Seattle, WA, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Production notes in AMPAS library files and a Mar 1988 AmCin article noted that filming also took place at Quintette Tunnels Park in Hope, British Columbia, and in Whistler, British Columbia.
       The 20 Sep 1987 LAT reported that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) were contacted and asked for cooperation during filming. However, the RCMP declined based on the script’s portrayal of “illegal activities” and representation of the RCMP “as bungling idiots.” In response, a script change removed the RCMP name, and replaced it with a made-up organization called the British Columbia Provincial Police.
       A draft of the screenplay dated 12 Dec 1986 in the AFI Library listed Ron Bishop and Larry Brothers as writers with Harv Zimmel and Michael Burton, with revisions by Daniel Petrie, Jr. However, Bishop and Brothers are not credited onscreen.
       The budget was cited as $15 million in a 3 Feb 1988 Var article.
       After the film’s 12 Feb 1988 release on 1,503 screens, the 17 Feb 1988 LAT reported a weekend box-office gross of $5 million.
       End credits state: “With appreciation to the U.S. Geological Survey Office.” End credits also state: “Filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada.” End credits acknowledge that “The Producers wish to thank the following for their assistance in the making of this film: The British Columbia Film Commission; The British Columbia Ferry Corporation; The Province of British Columbia Environment & Parks; and The Citizens of Vancouver and British Columbia, Canada.” More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Mar 1988
p. 77.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 1987.
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Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 1988.
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LAHExam
18 Apr 1985.
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Los Angeles Daily News
7 Mar 1986.
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Los Angeles Times
20 Sep 1987
Calendar, p. 41.
Los Angeles Times
12 Feb 1988
Calendar, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times
17 Feb 1988
Calendar, p. 2.
New York Times
20 Feb 1987
Section C, p. 8.
New York Times
12 Feb 1988
Section C, p. 8.
Variety
3 Feb 1988
p. 24.
Variety
10 Feb 1988
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Touchstone Pictures presents
In association with Silver Screen Partners III
A Philip Rogers Production
A Century Park Pictures Corporation Production
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d unit dir
Addl 2d asst dir
3d asst dir
1st asst dir, 2d unit
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Key grip
Addl photog
Best boy elec
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Still photog
Still photog
2d cam op
2d cam 1st asst
2d cam 2d asst
Dir of photog, 2d unit
1st asst cam, 2d unit
2d asst cam, 2d unit
Key grip, 2d unit
Underwater cam, Bahamas unit
Underwater 1st asst cam, Bahamas unit
Cam equip supplied by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Asst art dir
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed, U.S.
Asst ed, U.S.
Asst ed, U.S.
Asst ed, Vancouver
Post prod facilities furnished by
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Prop master
Asst set dec
Asst prop master
Const coord
Greensman
Greensman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
Ward, 2d unit
MUSIC
Orig score by
Mus scoring mixer
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
ADR supv
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
ADR mixer
Foley mixer
Foley mixer
Dolby Stereo consultant
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Spec eff crew
Main title des
Spec eff, Bahamas unit
Spec eff, Bahamas unit
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
Prosthetics makeup
Hairstylist, 2d unit
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Canadian casting
Loc mgr and safety supv
Scr supv
Transportation coord
Loc mgr, Vancouver
Video consultant
Video consultant
Video consultant
Prod accountant
Prod office coord
Prod office coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Post prod asst
Asst to Mr. Spottiswoode
Asst to Mr. Spottiswoode
Asst to Mr. Petrie
Asst to Mr. Rogers
Extras casting
Casting assoc
Den mother extraordinaire
Mountain safety expert
Mountain safety expert
DGC trainee
Animal coord
Bear trainer
Bear trainer
Boat coord
Scr supv, 2d unit
Loc mgr, 2d unit
Underwater coord, Bahamas unit
Underwater crew, Bahamas unit
Underwater crew, Bahamas unit
Underwater crew, Bahamas unit
Boat with crew supplied by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
“I Love A Parade,” written by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
In the Hall of the Mountain King
Mountain King
The Mountain King
Release Date:
12 February 1988
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 12 February 1988
Production Date:
began 13 April 1987
Copyright Claimant:
Touchstone Pictures, a. a. d. o. the Walt Disney Company
Copyright Date:
9 February 1988
Copyright Number:
PA353236
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
105
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In San Francisco, California, Mr. Berger, the owner of Berger and Van Doonen Fine Gems, is caught stealing two pounds of diamonds. FBI special agent Warren Stantin arrives at the crime scene and learns that Mr. Berger’s wife is being held hostage for a ransom in gems, which Mr. Berger was trying to obtain. Surrounding the Bergers’ mansion, Stantin telephones the extortioner, Steve, and orders him to free Mrs. Berger. However, Steve kills the Bergers’ maid and demands that Stantin place a pair of handcuffs and a police radio inside a getaway car. With Mrs. Berger, Steve drives away, followed by Stantin with the diamonds. Arriving at a pier, Steve instructs Stantin to place the diamonds on the ground. After Steve takes the bag, he shoots Mrs. Berger in the eye, killing her, and escapes. Throughout the night, Stantin searches for Steve. Meanwhile, Steve drives toward the U.S.-Canada border. Stopping in the town of Bishop Falls, Washington, Steve kills a tourist and takes his place among a group of fly fishermen led by a guide named Sarah. Stantin is informed that a Bishop Falls man was murdered from a gunshot in the eye, and gets the idea that Steve is fleeing to Canada. Arriving in town, Sheriff Arnett recommends Sarah’s boyfriend, tracker Jonathan Knox, to lead the manhunt. Jonathan refuses to guide Stantin, believing he will not survive in the wilderness. Stantin threatens to arrest him for hindering a federal manhunt, and Jonathan reluctantly agrees. In the forest, Jonathan finds Sarah’s trail leading toward Ryan’s Gorge. Meanwhile, Sarah and her group, including Steve, Ralph, ... +


In San Francisco, California, Mr. Berger, the owner of Berger and Van Doonen Fine Gems, is caught stealing two pounds of diamonds. FBI special agent Warren Stantin arrives at the crime scene and learns that Mr. Berger’s wife is being held hostage for a ransom in gems, which Mr. Berger was trying to obtain. Surrounding the Bergers’ mansion, Stantin telephones the extortioner, Steve, and orders him to free Mrs. Berger. However, Steve kills the Bergers’ maid and demands that Stantin place a pair of handcuffs and a police radio inside a getaway car. With Mrs. Berger, Steve drives away, followed by Stantin with the diamonds. Arriving at a pier, Steve instructs Stantin to place the diamonds on the ground. After Steve takes the bag, he shoots Mrs. Berger in the eye, killing her, and escapes. Throughout the night, Stantin searches for Steve. Meanwhile, Steve drives toward the U.S.-Canada border. Stopping in the town of Bishop Falls, Washington, Steve kills a tourist and takes his place among a group of fly fishermen led by a guide named Sarah. Stantin is informed that a Bishop Falls man was murdered from a gunshot in the eye, and gets the idea that Steve is fleeing to Canada. Arriving in town, Sheriff Arnett recommends Sarah’s boyfriend, tracker Jonathan Knox, to lead the manhunt. Jonathan refuses to guide Stantin, believing he will not survive in the wilderness. Stantin threatens to arrest him for hindering a federal manhunt, and Jonathan reluctantly agrees. In the forest, Jonathan finds Sarah’s trail leading toward Ryan’s Gorge. Meanwhile, Sarah and her group, including Steve, Ralph, Norman, Harvey, and Ben, cross the gorge on a suspended metal basket. Steve cuts the pulley cord behind them, and when Stantin and Jonathan arrive at the gorge, Jonathan must tie a rope around himself to cross over on the uncut basket track. The basket comes loose and rams into him, but Stantin is able to pull Jonathan up. On the opposite side of the gorge, Sarah leads the group along a cliffside trail. Norman slips and calls for Steve to help him, but Steve pushes Norman over the edge into the rushing water below. He then kills Ralph, Ben, and Harvey in quick succession by sending them after Norman. With his gun drawn, Steve orders Sarah to lead him through the mountains into Canada. As Sarah and Steve hike toward the border, Jonathan and Stantin find the bodies in the river. Jonathan wants to continue the search for Sarah on his own, but Stantin refuses to be left behind. Jonathan and Stantin cut through the mountains. When a snowstorm hits, Jonathan digs a shelter in the snow bank for survival. The storm passes, and they continue on. Jonathan finds Sarah’s trail just as she kicks Steve and runs to a nearby highway. Steve fires his gun and recaptures her. Hearing the shots, Stantin and Jonathan run to the highway. They spot Steve flagging down a logging truck and fleeing with Sarah. Walking to a nearby Canadian town, Stantin and Jonathan go to the British Columbia Provincial Police. Hearing about a home robbery, Stantin suspects Steve is the culprit. At the house, he discovers rope fibers, and learns that a telephone call to was made to a diamond broker named Fournier in Vancouver, Canada. Traveling to Vancouver, Stantin and Jonathan meet with police Inspector Hsu and plan to trick Fournier into revealing Steve’s location. Arriving at Fournier’s house, Stantin and Jonathan shut off the power. They tie up Fournier to make him believe they are robbers searching for the stolen diamonds. Fournier tells them Steve has arranged to meet him at a roller-skating rink the following day. Officers stakeout the roller-skating rink, but Steve sees them and steals a car, dragging Sarah with him. Stantin and Jonathan follow them to a platform where two ferries are docked. As police search one, Stantin and Jonathan search the other ferry. Finding Steve holding his gun to Sarah’s head, Stantin shoots him in the ear, and Jonathan jumps to save Sarah. Bleeding, Steve runs through a crowd of ferry passengers, followed by Stantin. On the upper deck, Steve shoots Stantin in the chest and aims for his eye. However, Steve is out of bullets. Steve attempts to throw Stantin overboard, but they both fall. Underwater, Stantin fires his gun and kills Steve. Jonathan jumps into the water and saves Stantin. +

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