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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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Director:
Writers:
Harvey Flaxman (screenplay) &
David Sheldon (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 May 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
18 FEET OF TOWERING FURY!! See more »
Plot:
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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(22 articles)
User Reviews:
Good watchable movie, unless of course you expected "Streetcar named Desire" See more (76 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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 .... 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)
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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Runtime:
91 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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
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Trivia:
This ended up becoming the most financially successful independent motion picture of 1976, earning an impressive $39 million world wide in box office revenue, breaking records as well. It held this record for two solid years, until Halloween (1978) broke it.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Kelly:[frustrated] But there's something I'm not doing!
Allison Corwin:[lighthearted] Sure, you're not killing the bear.
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Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
What Makes a Man a ManSee more »

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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Good watchable movie, unless of course you expected "Streetcar named Desire", 16 October 2003
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

Unjustifiably criticized as a "Jaws" rip-off at the time of it's release "Grizzly" is a really good "Monster on the loose" movie. The film is about a 18 foot grizzly bear terrorizing campers in a national park with Christopher George, the Park Ranger, Andrew Prine, the Helicopter Pilot, and Richard Jaeckel, the Naturalist, teaming up together to bring the "Big Bad Bear's" rampage to an end. "Grizzly" has a storyline and flaming ending very similar to "Jaws".

There's really nothing that bad about the movie to criticize. It was made as a B-type Monster/Horror film and no one expected it to win any Academy Awards. It makes you wonder why most of it's critics put it down? Was it its lack of originality artistry and imagination?

There's a series of killings in a national park where it's found out that a giant grizzly is responsible for them. The manager of the park wants it all kept quite since the news and publicity would hurt the parks revenue and his promotion to a post in Washington D.C.

The film follows the usual "Monster on the loose" movie plot. Just when it looks like that there's no stopping the indestructible bruin, after killing some dozen people including one of the leading stars of the film. The bear is even more then a match for an armed helicopter which he brings down with one swat of his paw.The hero park ranger later, after when all seems lost, finds an ingenious way of bringing the bear down and the park is then opened for camping and hiking without anymore fear or danger of the killer bear.

That's a brief synopsis of the story and that's what most, if not all, of the people who went to see the movie expected. The acting by the top stars in the film George, Prine and Jaeckel was much better then you would expect from a B-Monster/Horror movie. I don't think people going to see "Grizzly" expected to see "Streetcar Named Desire". The photography was breathtaking at times with the script and music score was more then adequate for a B-Movie. Most of all the killer bear was truly frightening. In short, going to see "Grizzly" you not only got what you paid for but a lot more then you expected.

Like I said in the beginning of the article about "Grizzly" that it's most vocal critics were those who accused it of ripping-off "Jaws". With the rare exception of movies like "Pi" and "Momento" how many movies can we say are truly original? There were a lot of movies with a "Jaws" storyline for the writers and director of "Jaws" to learn or, as the critics of "Grizzly" would say, rip-off from.

And one last word: The biggest ripper-offer from "Jaws" was none other then "Jaws" itself. With three sequels over ten years and each one worse then the previous one and the last, "Jaws IV", being so bad and unwatchable that it wasn't even released in the theaters.

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