Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story (2000) starring Patty Duke, William Devane, Natasha Melnick, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Elisabeth Rosen, Armando Valdes-Kennedy directed by Michael Switzer Movie Review

Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story (2000)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Patty Duke and Elisabeth Rosen in Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story (2000)

Another Mountain, Another Miracle

Tom Kincaid (William Devane - Yanks) is a self made man having set about becoming a successful businessman but it has come at a cost as whilst his eldest daughter Carla (Elisabeth Rosen) adores him and does what he says his youngest children Rick (Kaj-Erik Eriksen) and Susan (Natasha Melnick) are tired off being expected to do as they are told. Knowing that their family is disintegrating matriarch Anne (Patty Duke - The Swarm) insists they keep to their plans and fly to the mountain cabin to celebrate their anniversary as a whole family including Carla's boyfriend Charlie (Armando Valdes-Kennedy). But Susan doesn't make it to the airport on time and having taken off later than they wanted Tom finds himself flying into a snow storm which brings them crashing down on to a mountain, fighting for survival and unfortunately each other.

I've looked but whilst "Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story" comes across like it is based on a true story I can't find anything to back it up. Does that matter, well not really because what we have is your run of the mill stranded in the mountain TV movie where a group of people who end up stuck have to fight for survival whilst a rescue team search with time running out. We do have the added extra of the Kincaid family being semi-dysfunctional as they argue a lot, Tom has a knack of putting people down even when injured and his eldest finds herself torn between supporting her boyfriend and being daddy's girl. Again it is nothing major, there is no streak of originality when it comes to the depth of dysfunctionality going on.

Elisabeth Rosen and William Devane in Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story (2000)

But whilst that means that "Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story" is in truth little more than a routine survival movie it is surprisingly engaging. Part of that is down to the sentimentally nice way that the characters change throughout the movie. Now some might find it cheesy that those stranded after some arguing bond and we also see Susan transform from rebel with heavy make-up to concerned daughter but it makes it pleasant even heart warming. And thanks to some good casting especially the duo of Patty Duke and William Devane as the parents it helps to keep you interested because they do deliver character even when delivering corny dialogue.

What this all boils down to is that "Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story" is nothing more than another TV movie which features some people stranded on a mountain and trying to survive whilst being rescued. It does combine it with a dysfunctional family that end up bonding which adds a cheesy but also heart-warming aspect to things which makes it nice viewing for those who just want an easy movie to watch.