A Screenplay by Norm Pringle (WGA, BMI, CCMA, CMA)
Click here to hear Virgil Stickney and the Wee Three sing
"Stand on a Mountain" (main title music)
THE SCREENPLAY IN BRIEF
The story is based on a true still unexplained cataclysm in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. In 1903 Turtle Mountain just north of the US border in the province of Alberta, crashed down and buried the booming mining town of Frank. This mysterious disaster was labeled the worlds biggest rock slide. Turtle Mountain's cast of characters has a diversity of human beings that include The Blackfoot Indians, The Royal Northwest Mounted Police the integration of the French Canadians with the British miners. One of the non fictional characters is H.L. Frank, a colorful American millionaire after whom the town was named.
Although it is primarily and enigmatically story of a cabalistic unruly mountain possessed with the wrath of an Indian spirit, there is also a controversial love story of a French Canadian lass and a Blackfoot Indian. The story brings out a subtle message concerning the environment about mining under a mountain. An added character that plays a dramatic role is the Spokane Flyer, an actual nostalgic train of the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Mountain was written as a theatrical movie, ideal for the movie houses
of today with their stadium seating large screens and digital sound.
Because of it's divergence of characters it could easily be extended
into a TV mini series.. The mind boggling climax would sustain an
audience throughout the series.