Grey Owl (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Western  |  1 October 1999 (Canada)
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The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Bick ...
Cyrus Finney
Harry Champlin
Annie Galipeau ...
First Hunter
Second Hunter
Peter Colvey ...
Hotel Guest
Ned White Bear
Jacques Lussier ...
Hotel Manager
Lee-Roy Jacobs ...
Hotel Porter
Jimmy Herman ...
Chief Pete Misebi
John Dunn-Hill ...
Sim Hancock
Jim Bernard
Gus Mitchell
Chip Chuipka ...
First Trapper


Archie Grey Owl is a trapper in Canada in the early 1930s when a young Iroquois woman from town asks him to teach her Indian ways. They live in the woods, where she is appalled at how trapped animals die. She adopts two orphaned beaver kits and helps Archie see his way to stop trapping. Instead, he works as a guide, a naturalist writer, and then the Canadian government hires him to save the beaver in a conserve by Lake Ajawaan in Prince Albert National Park. He writes a biography, which brings him attention in Canada and invitations to lecture in England. Before he leaves, he and Anahareo (Pony) marry. In England, his secret is revealed. Will Anahareo continue to love him? Written by <>

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He Fought To Change The World

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 October 1999 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Búho gris  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$162,360 (USA) (1 October 1999)


$314,505 (USA) (8 October 1999)

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The movie was never given a theatrical release in the United States. See more »


When Grey Owl's publisher Champlin arrives by airplane, to convince Grey Owl to go on tour in England, the airplane shown is clearly a DeHavilland DHC-2 "Beaver" on floats. This scene is set in approximately 1935, but the DeHavilland Beaver did not make its first flight until 1947. See more »


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I found this film to be intriguing.
19 May 2000 | by (Ann Arbor, Michigan) – See all my reviews

I know some people think the movie is boring but I disagree. It is a biography of a very complex and extraordinary person. I liked the characters in the film and think that leaving parts of Archie's life a mystery captured his humanity. I don't think the purpose of a good biography should be the detailing of someone's life but rather the complexities and relationships that make them interesting. And what is more fascinating than someone so successfully reinventing themselves? "Men become what they dream - you have dreamed well." Good job to Lord Attenborough. I also wanted to mention that Nathaniel Arcand really stood out to me as a charismatic actor and I hope to see him in more films.

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