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Grizzly -- It’s 18 feet tall and over 2000 pounds. When a killer grizzly terrorizes a state park, the ranger must stop the ensuing slaughter. The most dangerous jaws on land, Grizzly was the highest-grossing independent film of 1976 and remains a cult favorite.


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Harvey Flaxman (screenplay) &
David Sheldon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 May 1976 (USA) See more »
A fifteen foot tall grizzly bear terrorizes a state park. Christopher George leaps into the carnage to stop it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A for effort, D for end product See more (79 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher George ... Kelly

Andrew Prine ... Don

Richard Jaeckel ... Scott
Joan McCall ... Allison
Joe Dorsey ... Kittridge
Charles Kissinger ... Dr.Hallitt
Kermit Echols ... Corwin
Tom Arcuragi ... Tom
Victoria Johnson ... Gail (as Vicki Johnson)
Kathy Rickman ... June (as Catherine Rickman)
Mary Ann Hearn ... Margaret
Harvey Flaxman ... Reporter
Mike Clifford ... Pat
David Newton ... Mike
Mike Gerschefski ... George
Susan Orpin ... Mother
David M. Holt Jr. ... Lone Hunter (as David Holt)
Brian Robinson ... Bobby
Sandra Dorsey ... Sally

Gene Witham ... Harry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amos Gillespie ... Ranger (uncredited)
Lee S. Jones Jr. ... Man Being Interviewed (uncredited)

Directed by
William Girdler 
Writing credits
Harvey Flaxman (screenplay) &
David Sheldon (screenplay)

Andrew Prine  Indian Story (uncredited)

Produced by
Lloyd N. Adams Jr. .... executive producer
Harvey Flaxman .... producer
Lee Jones .... associate producer (as Lee S. Jones Jr.)
Edward L. Montoro .... executive producer
David Sheldon .... producer
Original Music by
Robert O. Ragland 
Cinematography by
William L. Asman (director of photography) (as William Asman)
Film Editing by
Bub Asman 
Makeup Department
Gene Witham .... makeup artist
Production Management
J. Patrick Kelly III .... production manager
Christian Alexander Moran .... post-production manager (restored version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Patrick Kelly III .... first assistant director
Joe Nayfack .... second assistant director
John Nemeth .... second assistant director
David Sheldon .... director, added scenes (uncredited)
Art Department
John Falone .... property master
Sound Department
Tom Arcuragi .... boom operator
John Asman .... location sound recordist
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor (as Fred Brown)
Charles Grenzbach .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bud Grenzbach)
Jay M. Harding .... sound re-recording mixer (as Jay Harding)
Don MacDougall .... sound re-recording mixer
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Reitz)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects (as Phil Corey)
Bob Dawson .... special effects
John Moio .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Larry Edwards .... gaffer
Jack Jennings .... key grip
Barry Jones .... second assistant camera
Thomas E. Spalding .... photographer: second unit (as Tom Spalding)
John White .... first assistant camera
John LeBlanc .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathy Blalock .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Ness .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Ken Johnson .... music editor
Robert O. Ragland .... conductor
Robert O. Ragland .... orchestrator
Other crew
Robin Carnes .... administrative assistant
Mike Clark .... technical coordinator
Mike Clifford .... location coordinator
Harvey Flaxman .... dialogue coach
Joanne Montoro .... production office administrator
Sally Roddy .... script supervisor
Randy York .... aerial coordinator
Monty Cox .... trainer: grizzly bear (uncredited)
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle (uncredited)
Ruth LaBarge .... bear trainer (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Claws" - USA (subtitle)
"Killer Grizzly" - USA (TV title)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:PG | USA:Not Rated (director's extended cut) | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Debut produced screenplay of co-writer David Sheldon but the final produced screenplay of co-writer Harvey Flaxman.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Scotty describes the killer bear as cannibalistic after it attacks the bear cub but the cub is a black bear, a species distinct from the grizzly bear they're tracking.See more »
Don:You're chasin' somethin' about the size of a D8 cat with teeth.See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A for effort, D for end product, 8 May 2008
Author: MadBomber from United States

What starts with a promising premise, ends with just another weak attempt to cash in on the Jaws phenomena. Here a killer Grizzly Bear wreaks havoc on a wilderness resort. Of course the local government insists on hushing up the several early casualties of this bear, which turns out to be a prehistoric type of Brown Bear. The creature just isn't effective because we ultimately have to see it. It's similar to the disappointment of seeing the shark in Jaws. Just too fake. Maybe with the CGI capabilities of today, a remake would be much more successful. Although the performances vary from pretty good, to downright Shelly Winters awful, Richard Jaeckle (great character actor) saves this film from being a total wash. His portrayal of the experienced tracker, hunting the bear (note hunting, not your typical idiot trying to "capture" a killer beast), is probably the only character the audience empathizes with. *Note there's the requisite woman getting nude despite there being no logical or realistic reason for such a happening. She just gets the urge to bathe underneath a waterfall, whilst in the midst of looking for signs of the killer bear. Thankfully she's quickly dispatched in a very awkward bear hug death. Latent sexual overtones there.

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