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Day of the Animals (1977)

A battle for survival as hikers encounter a chemically imbalanced forest.

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Steve Buckner
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Paul Jenson
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Terry Marsh
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Professor MacGregor
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Daniel Santee
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Shirley Goodwyn
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Frank Young
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Roy Moore
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Beth Hughes
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John Goodwyn
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The depletion of the earth's ozone layer causes animals above the altitude of 5000 feet to run amok, which is very unfortunate for a group of hikers who get dropped off up there by helicopter just before the quarantine is announced. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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13 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Something Is Out There  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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The "grizzly bear" that Leslie Nielsen fights is actually a North American cinnamon bear. See more »

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After Tucker watches the news report in the diner, the camera is visible in a reflection as it moves towards the window. See more »

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Sam: God sent a plague down on us because we're just a bunch of no good fellers.
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References The Birds (1963) See more »

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Surely you can't expect Leslie Nielsen to wrestle a grizzly. He does, and no calling anyone Shirley.
3 June 2012 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Eco-horror was one of the notable genres of 1970s cinema. William Girdler's "Day of the Animals" is a prime example. It depicts ozone depletion causing all wildlife above 5,000 feet to turn against humans. Of course, the best scene is Leslie Nielsen - still a few years away from his career in comedy* - wrestling a grizzly. This is a movie that, ridiculous as it is, must have been really fun to film. The animals really look like some mean mothers.

Yes, it's one of the many silly exploitation flicks of the era. Totally enjoyable, I might add. Unfortunately, the director got killed in a helicopter crash in the Philippines less than a year after the release. Too bad.

Also starring Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Richard Jaeckel, Andrew Stevens (Stella Stevens's son) and Michael Ansara (Barbara Eden's former husband).

*As late as 1987, Nielsen co-starred in the dead serious "Nuts".


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