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The Bear (1988) More at IMDbPro »L'ours (original title)

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


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James Oliver Curwood (novel)
Gérard Brach (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 October 1989 (USA) See more »
He's an orphan... at the start of a journey. A journey to survive.
An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Possibly The Best 'Animal Film' Ever See more (62 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bart the Bear ... The Kodiak Bear
Youk the Bear ... The Bear Cub

Tchéky Karyo ... Tom

Jack Wallace ... Bill
André Lacombe ... Le chasseur aux chiens

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Annaud 
Writing credits
James Oliver Curwood (novel "The Grizzly King")

Gérard Brach (screenplay)

Produced by
Claude Berri .... producer
Pierre Grunstein .... associate producer
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
Film Editing by
Noëlle Boisson 
Casting by
Mary Jo Slater 
Production Design by
Toni Lüdi 
Art Direction by
George Dietz 
Antony Greengrow 
Heidi Lüdi 
Hans Jürgen Schmelzle 
Set Decoration by
Bernhard Henrich 
Costume Design by
Françoise Disle 
Corinne Jorry 
Production Management
Francis Barrois .... assistant unit manager
Alfred Deutsch .... unit production manager
Leonhard Gmür .... production manager
Robin Mounsey .... unit production manager: second unit
Kurt von Vietinghoff .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Xavier Castano .... first assistant director
Xavier Castano .... second unit director
Florian Nilson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Fechner .... swing gang
Frank Schlegel .... prop builder
Bart van Lint .... construction foreman: reshoots, Belgium
Sound Department
Fabienne Alvarez-Giro .... sound editor
Roberto Garzelli .... sound editor
Bernard Leroux .... re-recording mixer
Eric Mauer .... sound editor
François Musy .... sound mixer
Laurent Quaglio .... sound designer
Corinne Rozenberg .... assistant sound editor
Jonathan Sorrell .... synclavier operator
Claude Villand .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Joachim Grüninger .... animatronics technician
Uli Nefzer .... floor supervisor
Jim Sandys .... animatronic designer
Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau .... optical effects
Bretislav Pojar .... dream sequence animation
Philippe Tourret .... restoration coordinator
Rolf Giesen .... visual effects consultant (uncredited)
Christian Hening .... horse stunts
Mario Luraschi .... horse stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Bernardini .... assistant camera
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... grip
Thomas Bogner .... electrician
Antonio Castaño .... additional electrician
Dominique Delguste .... additional second assistant camera
Arnaud Duboisberanger .... cinematographer: second unit
Helmut Noriz .... lighting technician
Jérôme Peyrebrune .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Irene Stockton .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Michèle Hollander .... first assistant editor
Éric LeGarçon .... editor trainee
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Music Department
Billy Byers .... orchestrator
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
William Flageollet .... music mixer
Eric Lipmann .... music consultant
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by
Eric Mauer .... composer: additional music
Laurent Quaglio .... composer: additional music
Carlo Savina .... conductor
Jonathan Sorrell .... musician: keyboards and programming
Transportation Department
Raoul Leindecker .... production driver
Other crew
Monty Diamond .... production consultant
Joachim Grüninger .... puppet builder
Dieter Kraml .... animal trainer: bear
Steve Martin .... animal trainer
Marie-Florence Roncayolo .... script supervisor
Doug Seus .... bear trainer
Lynne Seus .... bear trainer
Jean M. Simpson .... animal trainer
Roman Stefanski .... movement
Mak Wilson .... lead puppeteer
Clint Youngreen .... bear trainer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'ours" - France (original title)
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96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Many of Youk's cries are actually monkeys or children sounds.See more »
Factual errors: A pair of wild sable ferrets can be seen in a tree immediately after the adult grizzly kills the elk. But sable ferrets are not indigenous to North America.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fisher King (1991)See more »
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53 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Possibly The Best 'Animal Film' Ever, 11 January 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Almost 20 years later, this remains the best of "animal" movies I've ever seen - where there is little dialog and animals dominate the screen. The amazing photography with the bears, the stunning cinematography overall and the great landscape (British Columbia) all make this a visual treat. Even better, it's an interesting story and has remained that with each of the viewings I've had of this film since discovering it in the mid '90s.

It's a solid adventure story, and the little bear in here is lovable. The "bad guys" (the hunters) aren't really all that bad, either. The bears' performances are fascinating, simply amazing. It must have taken incredible patience to film this movie.

Outside of a couple of "damns," there is no profanity and, I would think, is a great film for any age person to see. Highly recommended.

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