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Grizzly Man (2005) Poster

(2005)

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Werner Herzog: I believe the common character of the universe is not harmony, but chaos, hostility, and murder.

Timothy Treadwell: I will die for these animals, I will die for these animals, I will die for these animals.

Werner Herzog: And what haunts me, is that in all the faces of all the bears that Treadwell ever filmed, I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature. To me, there is no such thing as a secret world of the bears. And this blank stare speaks only of a half-bored interest in food. But for Timothy Treadwell, this bear was a friend, a savior.

David Letterman: We're not going to open a newspaper one day and read about you being eaten by a bear, are we?

[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.

[last lines]

Werner Herzog: What remains is his footage. And while we watch the animals in their joys of being, in their grace and ferociousness, a thought becomes more and more clear. That it is not so much a look at wild nature, as it is an insight into ourselves, our nature. And that, for me, beyond his mission, gives meaning to his life and to his death.

Himself, pilot: [singing along to Richard Thompson's "Coyotes", substituting Timothy Treadwell's name at strategic places]

Timothy Treadwell: I've always wished I was gay, it would have been a lot easier. You know, it's just Bing! Bing! Bing! - gay guys, no problem. They go to restrooms and truck stops and perform sex, it's like so easy for them and stuff.

Timothy Treadwell: Nobody friggin' knew that there are times when my life has been on the precipice of death!

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Timothy Treadwell: I'm sure gay people have problems, too.

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Timothy Treadwell: [chasing fox friend who stole Tim's hat] ... If that hat's in the den, I'm gonna fuckin' explode.

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Timothy Treadwell: [said after a long summer drought] I am the Lord's humble servant. I am Allah's disciple. I am the Floaty Thing's go-for boy. There has been a miracle here. There has been an absolute miracle. It has rained 1.65 inches of rain today!

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Sam Egli: That bear, I think, that day, decided that he had either had enough of Tim Treadwell or that something clicked in that bear's head that he thought 'Hey, you know, he might be good to eat.'

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Himself, pilot: [singing along with song] Now the long horns are gone And the drovers are gone The Comanche's are gone And the outlaws are gone Now Quantro is gone Stan Watie is gone And the lion is gone And the Red Wolf is gone

Himself, pilot: And Treadwell is gone...

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Timothy Treadwell: I'm in love with my animal friends. I'm in love with my animal friends! In love with my animal friends. I'm very, very troubled. It's very emotional. It's probably not cool even looking like this. I'm so in love with them, and they're so f-ed over, which so sucks.

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Timothy Treadwell: I want rain. I want, if there's a God, to kick some ass down here. Let's have some water! Jesus boy! Let's have some water! Christ man or Allah or Hindu floaty thing! Let's have some fucking water for these animals!

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Timothy Treadwell: Well, its now after two o'clock on October 4th and the tent has caved in due to the storm and I'm still here with my little teddy bear "Teddypher the bear" and I think the storm has actually gotten a little weaker, but in the course of it getting stronger, it crushed the wall in and dent some of the poles and you really can't do much about it, because once they get like that, they stay just kinda bunged in and you're screwed and all that.

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Timothy Treadwell: [laughing] My tent crushed in and I love it. It's pathetic, but I love it.

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Timothy Treadwell: Oh my gosh! The bear, Miss Chocolate, has left me her poop! It's her crap! It was just in her butt and it's still warm! This is a gift from Miss Chocolate!

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The coroner: Here is Timothy's watch. I think you should have it.

Jewel Palovak: Thank you. Oh my gosh! It's still ticking! It's like a circle! I can't believe it still ticks.

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Timothy Treadwell: I would never, ever kill a bear in defense of my own life - would not go into a bear's home and kill a bear.

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Sam Egli: My opinion, I think Treadwell thought these bears were big, scary looking, harmless creatures that he could go up and pet and sing to, and they would bond as children of the universe or some odd. I think he lost sight of what was really going on.

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Himself - Ecologist: [reading a hate letter] "A bear diet consists of liberals and Dems and wacko environmentalists that think the spotted owl is the most important thing in the world. We need to somehow drastically increase the number of bears in America, especially in such key spots as the Berkley campus."

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Himself - Alutiiq Museum Director: He tried to be a bear. He tried to act like a bear, and for us on the island, you don't do that. You don't invade on their territory.

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Timothy Treadwell: [petting a fox] You can see the bond that has developed between this very wild animal, and this vary, fairly wild person.

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Timothy Treadwell: They come here to Alaska and hear about Treadwell in the bush, and they want to go find him. Well, they can't. I'm hidden down below. No one knows where I am. Even I don't know where I am.

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Timothy Treadwell: [to loser of a courtship fight] I've had my troubles with the girls. Yeah, yeah. And I'll tell you something, if Saturn was a female human, I can just see how beautiful she is as a bear - I've always called her the Michelle Pfeiffer of bears out here.

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Timothy Treadwell: We're gonna need more rain. We need more rain! Downey is hungry! Tabitha's hungry! Melissa is eating her babies!

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