The Bear (1988)
"L'ours" (original title)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Drama  |  27 October 1989 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Youk the Bear ...
The Bear Cub
André Lacombe ...
Le chasseur aux chiens


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 <>

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


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27 October 1989 (USA)  »

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$31,753,898 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


[first lines]
Bill: [examining bear tracks] That's a huge male; bet he's more'n fifteen hundred pounds.
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Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Grin and Bear It (2010) See more »


End Title Theme
Music adapted from "June: Barcarolle"
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (uncredited), from "The Seasons"
Played by Orchestra
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An Oscar worthy performance by animals
21 August 2000 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw only a small part of this movie on TV recently but found it compelling enough to spend an hour on the Internet trying to find out its title and then rented it as 'The Bear'.

It was worth the effort. What a refreshing change from the parade of Hollywood block busters. An orphaned bear cub is the star along with an adult Kodiak bear. They are being hunted by two men with guns and dogs in a breathtaking never ending landscape where no dialogue is needed. Appropriately, one of the few lines of dialogue has one of the hunters refer to himself as a "stupid human".

I wondered how on earth some of the shots were achieved but not too much, the story is too compelling. "The Bear" is an enchanting glimpse into a world few people ever witness and a cautionary tale for hunters everywhere.

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