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Secrets of the Mountain

posted by Nell Minow

Family movie night returns to NBC with Secrets of the Mountain, about an adventure that brings a family together in a search for hidden treasure, starring Barry Bostwick and Paige Turco.

Somewhere between the demands of her career, her ex’s wedding and her kids’ busy schedules, Dana James feels her tight-knit family starting to unravel. An unexpected offer to purchase her family’s mountain property sets up a weekend road trip. But when they arrive, they quickly learn that the mountain is much more than it seems. An ancient secret and a treacherous quest will test the family like never before. It’s an edge-of-the seat thriller that reminds us that when times are tough, families don’t run away from problems — they run back to each other.


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  • Kevan Corkill

    This is a wonderful family movie with an equally wonderful message. Oh, that we would return to this.
    Kevan Corkill, San Antonio, Texas

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks so much, Kevan! I hope this movie gets enough of an audience to persuade NBC to have more like it.

  • J. Winemiller

    Wow! What a great family movie. My 17 year old even watched it, just in the other room and on friday night of all nights. Now we have something to look forward to and maybe we can watch the next movie together as a family. Loved it.

  • Lora

    I had it set to record last night, but we didn’t have power due to a bad storm so it didn’t record and I wasn’t able to watch it. Is it going to be re-aired? If so, when? If not, why? Thank you.

  • Nell Minow

    I am happy to say that the film got great ratings last night so I hope it will be re-broadcast and inspire a whole series of family-friendly films. It is also available on DVD here:
    Thanks for the comments!

  • v1ewer

    Strip TV shows of religious guano…
    But I’m preaching to the wrong choir here, this is obviously a “dedicated” WallyWorld fanboy website. :-(
    Stay in school, and learn to separate fantasy from reality.

  • Nell Minow

    Hey, V1ewer, thanks for the comment! But I am disappointed to see someone who purports to stand for science and empiricism fail to do even the most simple, basic homework to determine what it is that this site is “dedicated” to. I suggest you read further before casting aspersions or you will be not only guilty of mixing fantasy and reality but bigoted as well.
    I do endorse your advice to stay in school — and note that doing so requires the willingness to do your homework.

  • v1ewer

    1. I do applaud your support for teaching only peer-reviewed, proven scientific principles [i.e. evolutionary biology (is there any other kind? 😉 )] in public schools opposite to religious-based ID/creationism so-called “theories”.
    Although, I have not discussed this topic at all, that was merely a link to a Wikipedia page I thought appropriate for posting on a site like this one. Apologies for not spending more time here to understand the site’s owner/blogger true “orientation”, and thanks for “straightening” it up for me. 😉
    And a tip if I may… if most of a website text [including its choice of internet domain name: “”] refers to/promotes an idea/inclination/point of view, it is obvious [especially to the occasional visitor (like myself) who doesn’t have the time to delve into the website’s many pages just to understand the owner/blogger point(s) of view] that said owner/blogger supports/promotes those ideas/inclinations.
    2. I was strictly referring to the fact that this site is promoting a christian-oriented TV show [co-endorsed and paid for by Walmart and Procter & Gamble (do I need to actually comment on who these 2 corporations are and what they stand for?)] without even mentioning said TV show’s flaws/limitations/bias, i.e.: good quality entertainment should not be religiously inclinded, good quality entertainment should allow its viewers to form their own opinion(s), and just enjoy watching a family-oriented adventure flic, without “pushing” Walmart brand products and “christian” values and music, for example.
    3. BTW… a good quality TV show *must* promote proper English grammar, i.e. teach the actors proper usage of “whom” instead of “who”.
    Best wishes,

  • v1ewer

    I meant to spell “inclined” instead of “inclinded”. 😉

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks for the response, V1ewer, and I welcome your comments at any time. Beliefnet is not affiliated with any religion or belief and promotes no views except for respect for everyone. We welcomes all who are interested in faith, inspiration, and/or meaning in any form. Our writers and our commenters represent every imaginable faith up to and including agnosticism and atheism.
    I share your commitment to proven scientific principles, empiricism, logic, and grammar. And I’d love it if movies could be made without having to get support from sponsors. But I recognize that movies will reflect colloquial speech as may be appropriate for the characters just as I recognize that money must be raised. And it is perhaps in part because of that last point that I have a high tolerance for the vision of the artists behind the work and am pleased to see the expression of a sincere faith, even when it isn’t mine, because it lends some integrity and authenticity to the film.

  • Kay

    v1ewer says “good quality entertainment should not be religiously inclinded, good quality entertainment should allow its viewers to form their own opinion(s), and just enjoy watching a family-oriented adventure flic, without “pushing” Walmart brand products and “christian” values and music, for example.”
    What is preventing anyone from forming an opinion about this movie? If one has a brain then make a decision! I haven’t even seen it but find this comment rather overblown and the conclusion silly. Are we to expect that no movies can be aired that shows any point of view? May we not watch a movie about a Buddhist, or a Mormon, or a Muslim family? Are all movies with a political topic to be banned? Or movies that have topics about social questions of the day? I guess wrestling and mindless sitcoms are all that’s left then.

  • Nell Minow

    Exactly right and well put, Kay. I note that those who most often write to me with complaints that someone else might be unfairly influenced or even brainwashed never seem to worry about whether they might be swayed. I respect both the integrity of the film-makers and the intelligence of the audience. If the first is not present, the second will know it immediately. Everyone has a right to tell his or her own story and that includes stories of faith as well as stories of doubt. (And even those who purport to be faith-free always find something to put their faith in, though.)

  • Nathan

    watched this with my four kids friday night. we all loved it! great family movie, like national treasure! its a must see!

  • Rute

    This seems like a fun entertainment movie for all the family…i want to see it:::))

  • Matthew McDougal

    I think this movie is gonna be sweet!

  • Christene Crowder

    Exciting that the networks are actually providing us with more family friendly choices!!! Everyone should check it and the soundtrack out.

  • Joanie

    How can I see this now that I missed it on tv?

  • Denise DiFalco

    Saddened that I missed the first running. Definitely will obtain a copy soon!

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  • Angie

    Can’t wait to see this. Sorry I missed it on NBC!!

  • Stephen

    You can buy it at any local Walmart. You won’t find it at any other department store chains or for rent. On a related note you will see many walmart products in the movie too. Other than that it was a decent movie. Just think they could tone down the product placement a little bit.

  • Carol

    Sorry I missed it would like to get it so my family can watch it.

  • jack

    I watched the movie and loved it but I’ve been trying to think of the song that was played when the daughter told the story why she didn’t like her brother

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