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Alone in the Wilderness (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  8 October 2004 (USA)
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Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. ... See full summary »

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Documentary tells the story of Dick Proenneke who, in the late 1960s, built his own cabin in the wilderness at the base of the Aleutian Peninsula, in what is now Lake Clark National Park. Using color footage he shot himself, Proenneke traces how he came to this remote area, selected a homestead site and built his log cabin completely by himself. The documentary covers his first year in-country, showing his day-to-day activities and the passing of the seasons as he sought to scratch out a living alone in the wilderness. Written by Anonymous

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Dick Proenneke: Fried potatoes, onions and fish. You can't beat that!
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Kept our kids spellbound too!
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I found "Alone in the wilderness" sitting innocently on our library's shelves. Took it home and asked our 3 children, aged 6 to 11, to watch it with us. Afterward I asked them every question I could think of and they knew the answer! Amazing how they soaked it up.

It would be the rare person that would not be reached by this movie. To them I say, "Cheer up, The Simpsons are on soon!" I have personally experienced so much of what is covered in the movie -- working outside (on the railway) in 40 below zero weather, hand logging (with my father growing up) and exposure to raw wilderness (I grew up in British Columbia). That being said my wilderness experience is to this movie as my cycling skills are to Lance Armstrong.

Despite a lumberjack lifestyle, Dick is about the gentlest person you could imagine, leaving peaceful thoughts in the minds of the fortunate viewers.

It is a shame this movie does not appear in the top 250 movies on IMDb. Must relate to the number of votes it has received so far -- 49. So here is #50 and maybe that will get it the attention it deserves.

Enjoy it. Savor and reflect on it. The best things in life really are free (library) or next to it (the small cost of a DVD).


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