An intellectual billionaire and two lesser men struggle to band together and survive after getting stranded in the Alaskan wilderness with a blood-thirsty Kodiak Bear hunting them down.

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A model has her rich, much older husband come with her to a photo shoot. But when their plane crashes in the middle of nowhere, a strong mind game erupts between the clever husband and the jealous young photographer as they try to get back to civilization. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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They Were Fighting Over A Woman When The Plane Went Down. Now, Their Only Chance For Survival Is Each Other.


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Rated R for language and some adventure gore/violence | See all certifications »

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26 September 1997 (USA)  »

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$7,733,445 (USA) (26 September 1997)

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$27,779,888 (USA) (19 December 1997)
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Alec Baldwin (Bob) says Anthony Hopkins' character's name ("Charles") 113 times in the film. See more »

Goofs

Evading Bart, Charles is trying to cross log over the river. He drops his bag. The bag hits a branch, then the strap clearly comes apart and the bag falls. In the immediate next shot, the bag is back on branch. See more »

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[moments before the plane flies into a flock of wild birds]
Charles Morse: So what do you value me for, Bob?
Robert Green: I like your style, your wife's pretty cute too.
Charles Morse: So how are you planning to kill me?
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Referenced in Up Late with Alec Baldwin: Episode #1.4 (2013) See more »

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Hopkins creates a fascinating character
20 March 2000 | by (NY) – See all my reviews

I had low expectations going into this movie, but after about ten minutes I was hooked. The cinematography is lush, the music is warm and hearty and the script is fresh and furious. At times, the film is slow, and it is during these moments that you realize the depth and emotion injected into these characters via Mamet's crystal-clear and poignant dialogue. It touches on primal fears (territory, survival, fear, shame, love and jealousy) and it delivers moral commentary on all of the above. Did I also mention that this movie is a thriller too? Hopkins is at his best as the calm and thoughtful Charles Morse, billionaire and bored with his ivory tower lifestyle. His counterpart, Mr. Baldwin is a slimy and petty fashion photographer, Bob Green. The interaction between the two shows a middle-ground that is brilliant in contrast. Hopkins is a father figure to Baldwin's brash young frenzied Bob. The competition between the two to survive, and ultimately return to civilization (and Charles' wife), sets the stage for a complex and thoughful character drama. Bart the Bear is a star indeed, and while this movie is marketed for having "Jaws with Claws," there is SO much more depth and detail to this movie. This is easily in my top 10 films of all time. It connected with me and I hope you enjoy it too. 10 out of 10!

Best Line: CHARLES: "I have always wanted to do something that was... that was unequivocal"


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