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Grizzly Man -- A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska.
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Grizzly Man -- Werner Herzog discusses Wayne Coyne's reaction to a scene in Grizzly Man
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Werner Herzog (written by)
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Release Date:
27 October 2005 (Portugal) See more »
Tagline:
In nature, there are boundaries. See more »
Plot:
A devastating and heartrending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Loved Herzog, but could not sympathize with Treadwell See more (380 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Werner Herzog ... Himself / Narrator / Interviewer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Dexter ... Herself - Treadwell's Mother
Val Dexter ... Himself - Treadwell's Father
Sam Egli ... Himself - Egli Air Haul
Franc G. Fallico ... Himself - Coroner
Willy Fulton ... Himself - Pilot
Marc Gaede ... Himself - Ecologist
Marnie Gaede ... Herself - Ecologist
Sven Haakanson Jr. ... Himself - Alutiiq Museum Director
Amie Huguenard ... Herself (archive footage)

David Letterman ... Himself (archive footage)

Jewel Palovak ... Herself
Kathleen Parker ... Herself - Close Friend

Warren Queeney ... Himself - Actor and Close Friend

Timothy Treadwell ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Van Daele ... Himself - Bear Biologist

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
 
Writing credits
Werner Herzog (written by)

Produced by
Kevin L. Beggs .... executive producer (as Kevin Beggs)
Alana Berry .... associate producer
Billy Campbell .... executive producer
Phil Fairclough .... executive producer
Andrea Meditch .... executive producer
Erik Nelson .... executive producer
Erik Nelson .... producer
Tom Ortenberg .... executive producer
Jewel Palovak .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Thompson (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Peter Zeitlinger (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
 
Production Management
Don Baer .... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel Inc.
Randall M. Boyd .... post-production supervisor (as Randall Boyd)
Jessica DeJong .... production manager (as Jessica Dejong)
Dave Harding .... executive in charge of production
Tom Koykka .... production manager
Jane Root .... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel Inc.
 
Sound Department
Ken King .... audio
Michael Klinger .... post-production audio
Spencer Palermo .... audio (as Spence Palermo)
D.D. Stenehjem .... post-production audio
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Erik Söllner .... assistant camera operator (as Erik Sollner)
Amie Huguenard .... camera operator: archive footage (uncredited)
Timothy Treadwell .... camera operator: archive footage (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Michael Anthony Brown .... editorial assistant
Herrianne Cayabyab .... on-line editor
Colin Hatton .... editorial assistant
Maya Hawke .... assistant editor
Adarsh Kaushal .... editorial assistant
Brian Patterson .... editorial assistant
David W. Ryan .... editorial assistant
Chris Camerote .... assistant editor (uncredited)
David Foulk .... editorial assistant (uncredited)
Spencer Hecox .... on-line editor (uncredited)
David Taylor .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Danielle DeGruttola .... musician: cello
John Hanes .... musician: percussion and drums
Stephen Hart .... music recording engineer
Henry Kaiser .... music producer
Jim O'Rourke .... musician: piano and guitar
Damon Smith .... musician: acoustic bass
Richard Thompson .... music arranger
Richard Thompson .... musician: guitar and bass
Rebecca Rienks .... music coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Carol Dexter .... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by
Val Dexter .... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by (as Val)
Sam Egli .... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by
Willy Fulton .... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by
Sue Houghton .... special thanks
Anna Rogers .... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by
 

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Rated R for language
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USA:103 min
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Trivia:
The fatal bear attack on Treadwell and companion Amie occurred near Upper Kaflia Lake in Alaska's Katmai National Park. Having spent most of his adult life trying to "protect" bears that were already safely preserved by Alaska wildlife policies, Treadwell's death ironically resulted in authorities being compelled to kill two suspect, dangerous bears very soon after, and close by the camp where Treadwell and friend had both been mauled to death and decapitated.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Timothy Treadwell:I'm out in the prime cut of big green. Behind me is Ed and Rowdy, members of an up-and-coming sub-adult gang. They're challenging everything, including me. Goes with the territory. If I show weakness, if I retreat, I may be hurt, I may be killed. I must hold my own if I'm gonna stay within this land. For once there is weakness they will exploit it, they will take me out, they will decapitate me, they will chop me into bits and pieces. I'm dead. But so far, I persevere. Persevere.
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

Do we hear the recording of the attack?
David Letterman is credited on IMDb but I didn't see him in the film, where was he?
Why didn't Herzog air the tape?
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151 out of 215 people found the following review useful.
Loved Herzog, but could not sympathize with Treadwell, 25 September 2005
Author: chosunkid from United States

***Possible Spoilers*** "Grizzly Man" is a documentary of Tim Treadwell who spends 13 summers in Alaska living amongst grizzly bears and eventually loses his life to the creatures to which he devoted all his heart.

I saw "Grizzly Man" without knowing anything about it. I first thought it would be a documentary about the beauty and behavior of grizzly bears. However, through Tim Treadwell's interaction with grizzly bears, Werner Herzog shows that this film is actually about the inadequacies and insecurities of human nature.

Tim Treadwell seems to be the culmination of many of the deficiencies that man possesses. I felt absolutely no sympathy for this individual, despite the fact that he suffered a tragic and horrible death. If it weren't bears that killed him, it probably would've been something else. He was definitely headed toward a downward spiral. I felt like he was a man who ran away from his demons because he could not face or overcome it. He developed high "ideals" and when he could not adjust his values and beliefs to that of society, he abandoned it and sought out for acceptance from creatures that are incapable of judging or criticizing Treadwell. Unfortunately, Treadwell mistakes the grizzly bears' indifference or incompetence as a sign of acceptance, and falls in love with them.

Treadwell displayed behavior suggestive of manic depressive disorder, or cyclothymic disorder, or histrionic personality disorder. His emotional reactions to incidents were over dramatic to the point that one questions whether it's genuine. I also thought that he was a closet homosexual who could not accept his sexual orientation. In the film, Treadwell talks about wishing he were gay because it would be easier, but he denies being gay. He also talks about how he has trouble with keeping relationships with girls. I know this is a big assumption, but I couldn't help but question whether he was running away from civilization hoping he didn't have to face the reality of his sexual orientation. Treadwell is a person who does not know himself, and is afraid to find out.

I also did not like the fact that Treadwell was on this unsubstantiated high horse. This self-proclaimed protector of animals and nature displays his hypocrisy in at least 2 scenes. When Treadwell stumbles upon poachers who throw rocks at a baby cub, all he does is hide behind a bush and criticizes the hunters for hurting the bear. Not quite what a "protector" would do. Also, when Treadwell discovers the dead fox, he gets angry for the destruction and death that exists in this world. However, he doesn't blink twice to try to swap a fly that is buzzing around the fox. Obviously he shows no respect for the fly, which is also a living organism.

Also, throughout the film, most of Treadwell's friends glorify all that he represented. It seems that his death has elevated him to a martyr, and I found that inappropriate. I don't believe one's achievements in life should be overblown and exaggerated because he or she suffered a tragic and violent death. Based on Treadwell's self-recordings, I find that he has done nothing to deserve any praise. The way he died is sad, but that should not have any bearing on what he did in life. If anything, Treadwell encroached upon the grizzly bears' territory, and abused their independence and way of life in order to hide behind the mask of his own demons. I find nothing altruistic about his actions because of that.

In the film, Herzog says that death and destruction is a unavoidable reality of nature, and he has done a brilliant job in portraying that. My take home message was that everything bad in this world exists because man is too weak and feeble-minded to transcend beyond our natural tendencies to destroy his surroundings and to self-destruct. And Treadwell is the perfect example. Great job Mr. Herzog.

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