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Man in the Wilderness (1971)

Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper recuperates and pursues his former companions through dangerous Indian territory.

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Jack DeWitt (as Jack De Witt)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Zachary Bass
John Huston ... Captain Henry
Henry Wilcoxon ... Indian Chief
Percy Herbert ... Fogarty
Dennis Waterman ... Lowrie
Prunella Ransome ... Grace
Sheila Raynor ... Grace's Mother
Norman Rossington ... Ferris
James Doohan ... Benoit
Bryan Marshall ... Potts
Ben Carruthers ... Longbow
Robert Russell ... Smith
John Bindon ... Coulter
Bruce M. Fischer ... Wiser
Dean Selmier Dean Selmier ... Russell
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Storyline

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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They just couldn't find the time to bury him. They should have. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann in der Wildnis See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A novelization of the film written by screenwriter Jack DeWitt was published after this film's release. See more »

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There were no wheeled vehicles that far west at that time. See more »

Quotes

Fogarty: What if he ain't dead by mornin'?
Captain Henry: Kill him.
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Zach's Music Box
Composed by Johnny Harris
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
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Fascinating outdoors and Richard Harris fighting enemies and wildlife
17 June 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The movie narrates how Richard Harris is attacked by a bear and is abandoned by his mates who are carrying a boat with furs to civilization . The misfit group is commanded by the paranoid John Huston and they are pursued by Indians . Harris survives and will face down lots of risks , dangers and adventures and he then sets off in pursuit his previous colleagues , trying to execute his revenge .

In the picture there is western action , thrills , tension , spectacular struggles and riveting landscapes . The movie belongs to the Western sub-genre that had been made during the 70s as central theme 'the fight of a man against natural environment' , such as : ¨Jeremiah Johnson (by Sidney Pollack)¨, ¨The man called horse (by Eliott Silverstein and also starred by Richard Harris)¨ and ¨Return of a man called Horse (Irwin Keshner)¨. Harris' character is based on actual mountain man Hugh Glass , one of the two men left behind to await Glass' death was a very young Jim Bridger . The highlights of the movie are the surrealist trip of the ship amongst the snowy land with a mast in cross-shape under an impressive musical background by Johnny Harris and the survival fight , facing off wolves , bear and Indians . Interpretation of actors is top notch , but especially John Huston is frankly well . The supporting cast is formed by important secondaries as the veteran Henry Wilcoxon (The Crusades) , James Dooham (Star Trek) , Percy Herbert (Tobruk) , Dennis Waterman (Sweeney) and Prunella Ramsome (Island of the damned) , among others .

Gerry Fisher cinematography is awesome , like are marvelously reflected on the glimmer and breathtaking scenarios . Wonderful production design by Dennis Clark , being filmed on location in Almeria , Andalucia , Spain , where in the fifties and sixties had been shot a lot of Spaghetti/Paella Western . The picture was well produced by Sandy Howard and compellingly directed by Richard C. Sarafian . The flick will appeal to natural sets enthusiasts and Richard Harris fans . Rating: 6,5 . Good , worthwhile seeing.


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