Fire on the Mountain (1981 film)

Fire on the Mountain
Genre Drama
Written by Edward Abbey (book)
John Sacret Young
Directed by Donald Wrye
Starring Ron Howard
Buddy Ebsen
Julie Carmen
Ross Harris
Theme music composer Basil Poledouris
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) John J. McMahon
Producer(s) Robert Lovenheim (producer)
Don Miller (associate producer)
Rick Rosenthal (producer)
John Sacret Young (producer)
John Sacret Young (supervising producer)
Cinematography Woody Omens
Editor(s) Ronald J. Fagan
Running time 120 min.
Production company(s) Carson Productions
River City Productions Inc.
Distributor NBC
Original network NBC
Original release November 23, 1981

Fire on the Mountain is a 1981 made-for-television movie adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel, Fire on the Mountain, directed by Donald Wrye and starring Buddy Ebsen as John Vogelin, Ron Howard as Lee Mackie and Michael Conrad as Col. Desalius.

The hero of the movie is Vogelin, a New Mexico rancher whose land adjoins the White Sands Missile Range and is about to be condemned by the United States Air Force to use his land to expand a bombing range. He is the last holdout among the several people whose land the Air Force wants, and he refuses to move. A young land developer, Mackie, is sent to vacate the rancher, but soon he joins in defying the military. Soon it boils down to a battle of wills between Vogelin and the equally bullheaded army officer Colonel Desalius.


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