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The Grey (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  27 January 2012 (USA)
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After their plane crashes in Alaska, six oil workers are led by a skilled huntsman to survival, but a pack of merciless wolves haunts their every step.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hernandez (as Ben Hernandez)
Peter Girges ...
Jonathan Bitonti ...
Ottway (5 years old) (as Jonathan James Bitonti)
James Bitonti ...


In Alaska, a team of oil workers board a flight home; however, they cross a storm and the airplane crashes. Only seven workers survive in the wilderness and John Ottway, who is a huntsman that kills wolves to protect the workers, assumes leadership of the group. Shortly after they learn that they are surrounded by a pack of wolves and Ottway advises that they should seek protection in the woods. But while they walk through the heavy snow, they are chased and attacked by the carnivorous mammals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un día para sobrevivir  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,665,101 (USA) (27 January 2012)


$51,533,608 (USA) (6 April 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In his glowing review of this film, Roger Ebert stated that in his long career, this was the only time that he actually walked out of his next scheduled screening because it affected him so. "After The Grey (2011) was over, I watched the second film for 30 minutes and then got up and walked out of the theater. It was the first time I've ever walked out of a film because of the previous film. The way I was feeling in my gut, it just wouldn't have been fair to the next film." See more »


Just before Ottway stumbles into the wolf den, he is trudging alone holding Henrick's pack in his right hand. The angle cuts as he leans on a tree with his left hand, and it's clearly seen that he's holding the pack with that hand. Immediately after, it's in his right hand again. See more »


[first lines]
Ottway: A job at the end of the world. A salaried killer for a big petroleum company. I don't know why I did half the things I've done, but I know this is where I belong, surrounded by my own. Ex-cons, fugitives, drifters, assholes. Men unfit for mankind.
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Produced by Vintage Masters Music
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Existential allegory
11 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a really depressing and disturbing film - almost certainly a bust at the box office but "The Grey" is really really good - an existentialist parable - in wolves clothing.

Life is nasty - it is a struggle without meaning except for the struggle itself and the nobility in having done that well regardless of the end result. That's what the film was about - not an action picture

  • not a scientifically accurate portrayal of wolves but an allegory - a

metaphor about the existential view of life.

The circling and relentless wolves - the beautiful yet cold and uncaring Siberian landscape - the different attitudes of the participants to the pointless struggle yet heroic effort which no one will ever know about - succinct, powerful and poignant.

One of the few films that will be remembered in future decades in what has been a especially weak year. "The Grey" is not for the faint of heart or those looking for cheap thrills - but it is an unusually brave and beautiful exposition of an unpopular and depressing philosophical view of life...

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