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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) &
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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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  (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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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
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Did You Know?

After the film had been distributed worldwide and had grossed a substantial profit of over $39 million, which made it the most successful independent motion picture of 1976, the film's distributor, Edward L. Montoro, and his Film Ventures International (FVI) decided to keep the profits without paying director William Girdler and the film's producers/writers David Sheldon and Harvey Flaxman. They sued, and Montoro was eventually ordered by the Los Angeles County Superior Court to pay the box office proceeds due to Girdler, Sheldon and Flaxman.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadows visible in some scenes.See more »
Charley:Kelly, you're a maverick. We don't have room for mavericks!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not-so-gentle Ben, 19 July 2004
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

To say that "Grizzly" is a rip-off of "Jaws" is only going part way to describing the genesis of the film. It has also taken a page from "The Towering Inferno" with opening credits that are so similar in their presentation that it's laughable. (There's even a lodge owner with the same type of glasses William Holden wore in "Inferno".) The film follows the basic formula (which would be copied in dozens of films thereafter) of "Jaws" with innocent people being mauled and devoured by an unseen enemy. Like Bruce the shark, Grizzly doesn't make his full appearance right away. Rather, the audience is treated to perspective shots of branches and foliage being shoved away as he approaches the next (This approach was also utilized in the 1976 "King Kong", so the derivation continues.) George plays something akin to Head Ranger of the forest in question. When he isn't head-butting with the park supervisor (Dorsey), he's calling upon buddies Jaeckel (a naturist who prowls around with pelts on his back to better study the animal kingdom) and Prine (a helicopter-piloting Vietnam veteran) to help him track down this man-killing beast. Meanwhile, the body count rises and rises as victims fail to notice a 15 foot, 2000-lb grizzly bear coming up to them from nowhere! Finally, just when the cast is dwindling to that of a one man show, the climactic showdown between man and beast occurs with the bear getting a similar comeuppance as Bruce the shark did in "Jaws". Some of the scenery in the film is nice, though apart from the credit sequence, it is hardly ever exploited to its full potential. The three lead males do an okay job with Jaeckel scoring the most points with his quirky portrayal. It's a little sad to see George literally chain-smoking through the film when he would be dead of a heart attack in just 6 years at age 54. Prine affects a spotty cornpone accent that does little to bring his sketchy character to life. By far the worst presence in the film is that of McCall as George's love interest. Not only does her character have nothing to do with the plot or the title beast at all, but the actress is so annoying that one keeps hoping she will be next in line for the human buffet. Looking like a less-surgically-enhanced Katie Couric and with a voice twice as grating, she is a big debit to the film. WHERE was Lynda Day George?? Though the formula of "See camper, See camper die" gets more than a little tiresome, there are a couple of memorable moments. One is when the bear wants one victim so badly, he levels a towering ranger station! Among the sillier moments is one in which a female ranger says she is going to soak her feet in the stream, yet proceeds to strip down to bra and panties and let her hair out of its ponytail! There are campy bits like heads, arms and so forth being yanked off (mostly suggested rather than explicitly shown) and plenty of fake blood spewing here and there. There are worse "Animals on the rampage" flicks, but this is hardly a strong piece of movie-making. In a useless aside, both Prine and George posed for nude photos of themselves in the 70's, but here nary even a chest is in sight.

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