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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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Trashy creature feature cash in that's a whole lot of fun. See more (74 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)
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Directed by
William Girdler 
 
Writing credits
Harvey Flaxman (screenplay) &
David Sheldon (screenplay)

Andrew Prine  Indian Story (uncredited)

Produced by
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)
 
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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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Kelly, Scotty, and Don are in the jeep and see the hunters, the rear view mirror is not there. When they turn around to go back, the mirror is there.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:
Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Trashy creature feature cash in that's a whole lot of fun., 16 September 2010
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

Grizzly is directed by William Girdler, written by Harvey Flaxman & David Sheldon and stars Christopher George, Andrew Prine & Richard Jaeckel. Story sees a giant Grizzly Bear terrorise campers and hikers at a state park. The head park ranger sets about capturing and killing the beast but he's met with resistance from his superior and troubled by the number of glory hunting hunters who descend upon the park.

If you pardon the pun, Grizzly was a monster surprise hit of 1976. Made for a paltry $750,000, it went on to make over $39 million Worldwide. It may well be a "Jaws" coat tail hanging copycat (and it unashamedly is), but credit where credit is due, William Girdler & David Sheldon spotted an opening in the market and got in there in a blaze of blood, grue and roaring ferocity. It was also one of the first of a number of "Jaws" knock offs, and while it's silly at times, and beset with bad acting, it is, however, one of the most popular and fun cult horrors of the 1970s. Filmed on location in Clayton, Georgia, Girdler's movie knows exactly what it's about. Keeping it relatively free of extraneous and expositional filler, Girdler knows (and so does the cast) that the bear is the star of the show; well more to the point, that the bear shredding and chomping down on humans is the star of the show. And so it goes, the humans-except for our hero protagonist (George) & wise sage naturalist (Jaeckel)-are annoying and lining up to be either bear lunch or to be proved wrong. And what fun it is. It's the sort of film that scared us to death as kids, and now makes us smile as adults.

The film has proved popular enough over the years to warrant a double disc DVD release. A release that wouldn't be out of place for some critical Oscar winning darling I might add! Now available in a quite lovely anamorphic widescreen presentation (2.35:1), Girdler's (and cinematographer William Asman) shooting around Clayton is very pleasing on the eye. Sure some of the inexperience of the editing and lighting departments exists, and the budget restrictions are now even more evident (check out the blood), but Grizzly actually does look rather nice. The extra disc is chock full of goodies, with the "Jaws With Claws" featurette enjoyable and showing the makers to be very tongue in cheek about the whole thing. So, a must for B movie creature feature fans who don't mind a bit of camp on their cheese sandwich then. Those looking for Alien or Gorilla's In The Midst obviously need not apply. 6/10 for the film, 7/10 for Shriek Show's 2 disc DVD package.

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