Biopic about the great college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant of the University of Alabama.




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul W. Bryant
Mary Harmon Bryant
Carmen Thomas ...
Mae Martin Bryant
Grandson Marc
Coach Thomas
Pat Trammell
Joe Namath
Gene Stallings
William Wesley Neighbors Jr. ...
Billy Neighbors
Don Hutson
Buddy Farmer ...
Herman Ball
Owen Orr ...
Ermal Allen (as Owen E. Orr)
Charles Gabrielson ...
Steve Meilinger
Ken Taylor ...
Jimbo / Ball Player


Biopic about the great college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant of the University of Alabama.

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WINNING. That was the difference between playing football and playing for "The Bear".






Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Bär  »

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Box Office


$221,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Gene Stallings, who played for Bear Bryant at Texas A&M and went on to become head football coach at Alabama, was the technical advisor on the film. See more »


I'll Be Home Again
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Dennis Lambert
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Nightmare on the Set as an EXTRA
27 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My name is Donald Van Williams and I was also a Featured Extra in this movie, my Agent thought it would be good for me ,I had Just been released by the Oakland Raiders Football Club after an injury in Mini Camp,it was crazy. We shot at a school near Los Angeles Ca., I played Jeff Fagen #34 a team player, half the time we were waiting for Gary Busey to come out of his trailer sober enough to shoot the next take. I ended up breaking my wrist, under paid and turned off at Acting. Hell at one time, we were shooting a locker room take that should have taken 10 seconds, but due to Gary"s "Drunk" it took 12 hours. The only thing that made it all worth while, was all the side splitting laughter ,we the extra's, had and the friendship's made.I am happy to see that Gary has done well over the years and wish him the best of luck, As for the film, i only saw it once, it was a trip.

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