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Dick Proenneke (journals)
Sam Keith (book)
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8 October 2004 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Dick Proenneke ... Himself
Bob Swerer Jr. ... Narrator (voice)
Wendy Ishii ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Pamela Guest ... On-air Co-host with Nicholas Guest

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Sam Keith  book "One Man's Wilderness"
Dick Proenneke  journals

Produced by
Bob Swerer Jr. .... producer
Bob Swerer Sr. .... producer
Cinematography by
Dick Proenneke (original footage)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Grey .... cinematographer: additional footage
Ray Proenneke .... cinematographer: additional footage
Bob Swerer Jr. .... cinematographer: additional footage
Bob Swerer Sr. .... cinematographer: additional footage

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USA:57 min

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Dick Proenneke:I suppose, too, I was here to test myself. Not that I had never done it before, but this time, it was to be a more thorough and lasting examination. What was I capable of that I didn't know yet? Could I truly enjoy my own company for an entire year?See more »
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Followed by Alone in the Wilderness Part II (2011) (TV)See more »


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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The Ultimate Fantasy Experience, 4 October 2005
Author: clh-1 from Seattle, Wa

At some point in our lives we all dream of leaving the world behind and getting back to something better than a life of cubicles, high-rises, nagging bosses, artificial rules of living, and just sitting around staring at our television sets. It is why stories about a single person alone in a "wild" environment strike such big chords with us. Tarzan, Robinson Crusoe, Giligan's Island, Cast Away, and the Brian books by Gary Paulsen (some of my favorites) are all in league with this film. Each time the world takes a step forward, the human species runs the risk of losing its very basic values. Losing touch with our very humanity is our fear. So we take the time to "get away from it all" extreme sports, fishing trips, camping, hunting, are all things that we have created to get back to our roots. I personally like to go backpacking and fishing. But still we long for more. So every now and then, somebody just rejects modern life, and goes out on their own and decides to live off the land. Although modern, technologically advanced people will look down their noses at these people sometimes, we also secretly envy them, we know that what they are doing is great. In Alone in the Wilderness, we see a man who did what we all want to do. Must of us won't get the chance, but in watching this, we get to live vicariously through a man who will embody for us, a dream of leaving behind our cubicles and nagging bosses. We want it so bad, that we shell out the outrageous prices for the movie on DVD from our local PBS station. We know what it is like to have that in our souls, if only in a very small quantity. I live in Washington State, there is no shortage of places to go (fortunately I live far enough into the suburbs that forests aren't too far away), so I look around and I see at least a small part of what we see in the movie, and my thoughts drift, and my mouth salivates at the dream of going out to the Olympic Peninsula, or up in the Cascades, building a cabin, and being left to my own devices. I just bough off of, "How to Build and Furnish a Log Cabin on a Budget". It hasn't arrived yet, but I think it will be worth the investment. Because even if I have to wait until I am in my fifties (20 now), by God, I'll build my cabin out in the wilderness.

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