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Man in the Wilderness (1971)

Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper exacts revenge on his fellow companions who abandoned him in dangerous Indian territory.


(as Jack De Witt)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zachary Bass
... Captain Henry
... Indian Chief
... Fogarty
... Lowrie
... Grace
... Grace's Mother
... Ferris
... Benoit
Bryan Marshall ... Potts
... Longbow
... Smith
... Coulter
... Wiser
Dean Selmier ... Russell


In the early 1800's, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilisation and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he's a goner and leave him behind to die. When he recovers instead, he swears revenge on them and tracks them and their paranoiac expedition leader down. Written by Alfred Jingle

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He's dead, they thought. He's dead, they hoped. See more »


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Release Date:

19 December 1971 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann in der Wildnis  »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Zachary (Richard Harris (I)) is based on real-life mountain man Hugh Glass. One of the two men left behind to await Glass' death was a very young Jim Bridger. See more »


There is a closeup (two, possibly) of the younger of the two men who were left with Zach Bass. They are hiding from the Indians, before Bass is left for dead. He is looking down the barrel of his flintlock musket (or rifle) and there is no flint in the cock, which would make it impossible for the arm to fire. See more »


Fogarty: Look at him up there. I tell ya, it gives me the creeps. The way he keeps staring off, like he was expecting Zach Bass' ghost to come walkin' out of them woods. It ain't natural, I tell ya.
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Zach Makes His Bed
Composed by Johnny Harris
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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raw and gutsy
2 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

I was very saddened to read that Richard Harris died. He was a very fine actor who left an outstanding body of work. Man In The Wilderness really showcases this remarkable actors talent. Its based on a true story about Hugh Glass (here called Zack Bass) a man on a trapping expedition torn apart by a bear and left for dead. He travels miles and miles to get revenge(Jim Bridger was one of the men who left him). I'm amazed this man lived after such a savage attack and being left to die. Bass did some unusual first aid on himself, he rolled in maggots so they would eat the dead flesh off his body. This film has got an outstanding opening score. Its one of the best I ever heard. Harris's challenge is that he doesn't have a lot of dialogue and has to act like he is crippled and in pain for most of the film. John Huston is also fine as the sinister leader of the expedition who leaves him for dead.

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