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Grizzly II: The Concert (1983) Poster

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Filmed in 1983, but never officially released. Filmed mostly in Budapest, Hungary, the Hungarian government seized most of the production's equipment for non-payment of bills. Post-production was never completed. The Cannon Group, Inc. bought the film in 1987, and planned to complete post-production and release the film. But the company began having financial troubles in 1988, and the film was forgotten. The existence of this film was questioned, until a workprint surfaced on the internet in 2007.
The concert scenes were filmed after a performance by Nazareth. The crowd was unaware that the following act was not a real band, and were being recorded for a film. It was the largest gathering in Hungary, since the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
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Special Effects Supervisor Nick Maley created an animatronic bear for the film, but was not able to get it to work properly. A new bear, created with special effects, was going to be added to the film, but post-production was never completed. In the leaked workprint, the animatronic bear appears only briefly in the final scenes. Earlier scenes, in which the bear was featured, are replaced with a blank screen.
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The Second Unit Director, who was to film the concert scenes, had a nervous breakdown just before filming, and was not able to continue working.
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The sets were built on a Russian military base in Budapest, Hungary.
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Drummer Richard James Burgess was originally cast as the band's drummer, but had a scheduling conflict. His girlfriend, Barbie Wilde, who was not a drummer, took his place.
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Vilmos Zsigmond was originally hired as the Director of Photography, but quit due to creative differences.
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