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Patterson-Gimlin Film (1967)

Bigfoot (original title)
A short film of what appears to be the first captured footage of Bigfoot.
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Roger Patterson ...
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A short film of what appears to be the first captured footage of Bigfoot.

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Shot with a 16mm Cine Kodak K100 with a mobilgrip handle. 952 frames of bigfoot were shot, amounting to approximately 39.7 seconds (at 24 frames per second). It was strongly rumored that special makeup effects wizard John Chambers created a suit that was used in this film, as part of an elaborate hoax. Both the filmmakers and Chambers himself have denied this accusation. See more »


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This has an IMDb page?!
25 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Now that I have stopped being shocked into submission by the fact that someone made an IMDb page for this, I have just got to write a review of it. For those who are unfamiliar with the Patterson Bigfoot film, this is the granddaddy of sasquatch evidence and easily the most famous appearance by the mythical primate ever on film.

Wikipedia sums up the convoluted history and controversy behind this minute-long curiosity far better than I can, so if you really want to know how this thing (supposedly) came into existence and what it (supposedly) shows, that's your next stop. If not, basically it's a very brief piece of 16mm film that supposedly shows a Bigfoot/Sasquatch walking by a creek, then turning to face the camera for a moment.

While just about every other similar piece of footage has been quickly dismissed as showing nothing more than a man in an ape suit, for some reason this one has stuck around for over 40 years and continues to inspire heated debate and fascination. While I think it's safe to say most researchers agree that the footage is either inconclusive or is a hoax, there's a surprising number of serious scientific minds out there who are convinced that this is the real deal. Why this particular film gets so much attention I'm not sure. Maybe because it's the first of its kind? Maybe because once enough people talk about something no one will ever stop talking about it?

Anyway, I give this a high rating because it's an interesting and famous little bit of celluloid that I think is worth watching, not because it's good evidence, because it isn't. It's blurry, shaky, and too old to be analyzed properly, so really, there's no way to say what's really in it. For the record, my vote is for "guy in suit."

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