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Grizzly Man -- In this mesmerizing new film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers.
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.
Grizzly Man -- Clip: The Precipice of Death
Grizzly Man -- Werner Herzog discusses Wayne Coyne's reaction to a scene in Grizzly Man
Grizzly Man -- Clip: He's Lost Sight


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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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a kind of master's class in a schizo documentary- sometimes quite amusing and entertaining, other times very somber and depressing See more (384 total) »


  (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
David Bergeaud .... composer: additional music
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)
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
103 min
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In the DVD's extra-feature section about the documentary's music-recording sessions with Richard Thompson and fellow musicians, Werner Herzog explains his vision for the material he asked the musicians to improvise. For instance, underneath the slow fight of two bears, cello and the upright bass are heard menacing. Also when Treadwell swims near a bear, Herzog explains that this is not the kind of harmony it appears to be, but instead it's a situation of dangerous foreshadowing.See more »
[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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88 out of 117 people found the following review useful.
a kind of master's class in a schizo documentary- sometimes quite amusing and entertaining, other times very somber and depressing, 16 August 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

This documentary, written, directed, and narrated by German madman maestro Werner Herzog, has very little in it that isn't worth seeing, and at its best brings some of the most captivating, candid, and entertaining documentary footage of the year. The subject matter is an environmentalist/bear nut named Timothy Treadwell, a nobody who became a kind of weird celebrity for living each summer on an Alaskan wildlife preservation with Grizzly bears. He also documented a lot of his time on the island, which Herzog chooses wisely for his film on him. Treadwell may or may not have totally believed a fate like death among his co-habitants would come (there is one scene where he says he'd die for them, another when he says he's safe). But his fate did come, along with his girlfriends, rather grisly as we hear from the details (which, wisely, we never see).

One is tempted to comment on Treadwell, as he is (much as with Herzog's protagonists in his fiction films) possessive, ambitious, naive, dazed, emotional, but somehow in tune with his own sense of nature and the ways of the world. Herzog himself comments a good deal on Treadwell, when he agrees with him, when he doesn't (Herzog, as Roger Ebert pointed out, does have a bleak world-view as opposed to Treadwell's overly optimistic one). What one can comment on is the execution of the material. We get interviews with Treadwell's close friends (one platonic, one not), the people who found his and his girlfriend's bodies in the forest, and a couple of nearby experts (one Native American comments on how Treadwell did what they had never done in 7,000 years, to cross a boundary that was respected). Herzog also gives us majestic, spacious images of Alaskan wilderness, and gives some ample time for footage of the bears and foxes.

If not for Treadwell's rather high & low nature (as a friend comments), this might be a very standard documentary on a bear expert. But because of the documentary- or near television hosting footage (I sometimes felt like I was seeing a nicer, if stranger version, of the Croc Hunter)- of Treadwell on camera by himself, the film gets another dimension. It's also a help that in combating the grim reality of what became of him (Herzog's narration is this rather sad, if praising side), it's rather funny to see Treadwell in his behavior on screen. In some subtle ways he's in a more 'normal' state of mind than the rest of us- he loves his bears (whom, by the way, he gave names to; he stands his ground against the occasional poachers); he has that mix of sentimentality and rawness that is needed to live for so long in the wilderness.

The absurdity of it usually brings the laughs, but even behind them there is always a constant curiosity about him. We learn that he wanted to be an actor, which lead to a bad, near fatal spell before his 'bear' retreat, acting as more of a spiritual catalyst more than anything else. Even if some of this footage is a little zany, over-the-top, or may go far on his name, it is honest to a kind of schizo degree. We almost wouldn't want Treadwell to be normal, and go figure- Herzog would have no interest in him. In the end, despite Herzog's comments (which aren't the best parts of the film to me), his film tries not to pass judgment on Treadwell, letting his actions and other testimonies speak for themselves. And, if nothing else, it's compulsively (for a certain movie-viewer) watchable.

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