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The Bear (1988)
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An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

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Youk the Bear ...
The Bear Cub
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Tom
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Bill
André Lacombe ...
Le chasseur aux chiens
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Storyline

The director of _Quest for Fire_ creates yet another film in nature with almost no human dialogue in this picturesque story of an orphaned bear cub who is adopted by an adult male bear and must avoid hunters. Bart the Bear stars in this anthropomorphic fantasy. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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bear | hunter | bear cub | nature | survival | See more »

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He's an orphan... at the start of a journey. A journey to survive.


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Release Date:

25 October 1989 (USA)  »

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$31,753,898 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Henson 's Creature Shop was hired to make five animatronic bears to act as stand-ins for the real ones and to avoid any cruelty to animals. The animatronics were created on a tight schedule and were based on photographs of the actual bears. However, once transported to the set on the slopes of the Dolomites it became apparent that the fake bears didn't resemble the real ones enough. They ended up on screen for only a few seconds. See more »

Goofs

The rock that kills the mother bear is noticeably smaller than the boulder that rests atop the dead bear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: [examining bear tracks] That's a huge male; bet he's more'n fifteen hundred pounds.
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Connections

Referenced in Brother Bear (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

End Title Theme
Music adapted from "June: Barcarolle"
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (uncredited), from "The Seasons"
Played by Orchestra
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Great film....
4 May 2004 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

"The Bear" is a rare film when it comes to the ordinary cinema that we usually view. The main characters are animals, and the connection we get from them is something no human actor could emulate. The movie is expertly crafted, especially the direction and the cinematography. The animal trainers are in a class all their own, making everyone else involved with the film seemingly a lot less talented. The film, as previously said, isn't for children, despite the PG rating. It has a fair amount of blood, peril, sadness, and some bear sex! The film is great though, and I'm so glad I found it at Walfart on DVD for $5.50! *** 1/2


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