Synopsis: A young orphan is left to live with her estranged Grandfather, who lives like a hermit in the Swiss Alps. While he is cold and distant at first, he grows to love and cherish her; only to be faced with choosing her well-being over his own heart.
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Delbert Mann
Production: Scott Entertainment
  Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations.
105 min

Come on. Come on!

[ Doorbell Rings ]

Do not make any noises

with your mouth, scratch yourseIf...

or faII over furniture.

- Yes, Aunt Dete.

- Try to be a Iady.

- Yes, Aunt Dete.

- Try to be a Iady.

Good afternoon.

WouId you teII Herr Sessemann that FruIein

Dete HautseI is here and a reIative of his?

Herr Sessemann

isn't home, madam.

- I'II wait.

- He's in Paris.

When do you expect him back?

Perhaps the governess

has had some word from him.

WiII you come in?

PIease, have a seat.

Let's go, Aunt Dete.

Be quiet, Heidi.

PIease don't make me

stay here, Aunt Dete.

You wiII have

every advantage here--

a tutor, servants, pretty cIothes,

your own room.

You shouId be gratefuI

for this opportunity.

- I am.

- [ Door Opens ]

- FruIein HautseI and reIative.

- How do you do?

This chiId is Herr Sessemann's niece--

the offspring of his deceased brother

and my deceased sister.

- What's your name?

- Heidi.

Since the death of her parents,

Heidi has been my responsibiIity.

Now, other arrangements

wiII have to be made.

Other arrangements?

I cannot Ionger

take care of Heidi.

The time has come for her uncIe

to take her in.

But I do wish Herr Sessemann were here.

I'm not in a position to say yes or no.

And he may not be back

for severaI months.

- Can he get in touch with you?

- SeveraI months wiII be too Iate.

You Ieave me no other

choice than to take her to Dorfli...

and to Ieave her

with her grandfather.

I'm sorry.

WiII you Ieave your address?

I'II teII Herr Sessemann

as soon as he returns.

[ Girl ]

Frulein. Frulein Rottenmeier, I need you.!

Oh, forgive me.

Come aIong, Heidi.

So, Dete, you have found a husband.

Why not hoId the wedding

here in Dorfli?

Thank you, Father...

but my gentIeman

has made other arrangements.

What's he Iike, this gentIeman?

A good man.

A man of strong convictions.

He wants to have a famiIy, but...

he's not prepared to accept

a chiId which is not his own.

That makes a probIem

for Heidi, doesn't it?

I've no choice but to Ieave her

with my father.

Dete, as the years have gone by...

your father's become

a compIete recIuse.

He lives alone up on a mountain

they call the Alm.

He sees no one, needs no one.

NevertheIess, it is time

he did his duty.

He and I were never cIose.

I don't want to see him.

It was my hope that

you might take her to him.

So be it.

Don't think harshIy of me, Heidi.

Good day,Jonas.

Jonas, this is Heidi.

Dete can no longer care for her.

Go on back down

the mountain, Father.

Take the chiId with you.


- Are you brave girI?

- No, sir.

Sit down.

StiII, I'm going to ask you

to do a brave thing.

- Yes, sir.

- I'm going to Ieave.

But I want you to remain

behind right here.

WiII you do that?

Just remember what I toId you.

He's a stubborn oId ox...

but he'II not Iet you sit out here

in the coId aII night.

What shaII I do

when he comes out?

Just be yourseIf.

You'II be aII right.

[ Bells Jangling ]


Who are you?

I'm Peter. Who are you?

I'm Heidi.

- Are you Iost?

- No.

Then you shouIdn't be up here.

There's a mean oId man who Iives in that hut.

He hates everybody,

especiaIIy chiIdren.

I know.

At night, he changes

into a great big black eagle...

and swoops down across peopIe's houses,

screeching Iike a werewoIf.

It's aImost night now.

WeII, I guess you can't

stay here. Come on.

[ BIeating ]

- Come on.

- You are Iate, boy.

That's my grandmother.

She's bIind.

- Who's with you, Peter?

- A girI.

I found her up in the AIm

at oId HautseI's hut.

What were you doing there, chiId?

- He's my grandfather.

- Oh.

Come here.

Heidi, isn't that your name?

- Yes, madam.

- You Iook Iike your mother.

My fingers remember.

Your mother was an angeI.

So sweet, so thoughtfuI.

She never went to the city that she didn't

bring me back two soft white roIIs...

because she knew

I Ioved them.

- So different from Dete. How is that one?

- She is going to get married.

Dete, married?

Who wouId want that onion?

Herr HoIstein wants her,

but he doesn't want me.

- So she gave you to your grandfather.

- He doesn't want me either.

AII he wants

is to be Ieft aIone.

- But why?

- Because he's an oId fooI.

Something hurt him years ago...

and ever since he's been

sitting up on the AIm...

nursing his hurt like a sick goat.

He doesn't talk to anybody,

except maybe Father Richter.

You see, child?

Your grandfather was once...

one of the greatest organ buiIders

in aII of SwitzerIand.

- Took him years to buiId the organ in Dorfli.

- [ Door Opens ]

- Music was everything to him--

- Come.

Jonas, remember,

she's onIy a chiId.


You sIeep up there.

[ Footfalls On Steps ]

Here, you'II need this.

Grandfather, wiII you

hear my prayers?

Say your prayers to God.

- You'II need no intermediary.

- Yes, sir.

[ BeIIs JangIing ]

Beep, beep. Heidi!

Psst. Psst.

- Come with me.

- I have to ask Grandfather.

- He's gone down to Dorfli.

I passed him coming up.

- Then I'II come.

- Which is her mother?

- Her mother's dead.

- And she'II be too, before Iong.

- Why?

She's sickIy and won't eat.

Peter, may I have her?

It's aII right with me,

but don't expect her to Iive.

- Can I carry her?

- AII right.


[ Man Coughing ]

Sometimes at night the wind whistIes

through these pipes...

and makes a ghostIy music.

The viIIagers aIways say,

''Grandfather has died on the AIm...

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Earl Hamner Jr.

Earl Henry Hamner Jr. (July 10, 1923 – March 24, 2016) was an American television writer and producer (sometimes credited as Earl Hamner), best known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the long-running series The Waltons and Falcon Crest. As a novelist, he was best known for Spencer's Mountain, inspired by his own childhood and formed the basis for both the film of the same name and the television series The Waltons, for which he provided voice-over narration. more…

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