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The Bears and I (1974)

G | | Drama, Family | 31 July 1974 (USA)
A man seeking peace and quiet finds himself father to three bears.

Director:

Bernard McEveety

Writers:

John Whedon (screenplay), Robert Franklin Leslie (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Patrick Wayne ... Bob Leslie
Chief Dan George ... Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay
Andrew Duggan ... Commissioner Gaines
Michael Ansara ... Oliver Red Fern
Robert Pine ... John McCarten
Valentin de Vargas ... Sam Eagle Speaker (as Val DeVargas)
Hal Baylor ... Foreman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Borkent Peter Borkent ... Construction worker
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A man seeking peace and quiet finds himself father to three bears.

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grief | package | snowshoe | bear | cabin | See All (68) »

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To find himself, he lost himself in adventurous high country! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Io e gli orsi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay: If he dies, it is the Will of the Great Spirit.
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Sweet Surrender
Written and Performed by John Denver
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God-awful adaption of a really good book
9 February 2004 | by tord-1See all my reviews

Robert Franklin Leslie's book The bears and I has continued to be a favourite of mine for over a quarter of a century, together with books like Nevil Shute's Trustee from the Toolroom, Hugh Lewin's Bandiet, Mark Vonnegut's The Eden Express and Maclean's HMS Ulysses, all stories about unusual people doing unusual deeds, two of them fictional and three autobiographical. The two fictional stories have a true ring to them, Maclean even writes that his book is based on his brother's experiences during WWII!

But this Disney film version turns a true story into a Keystone Cops event, where the original deals with the magic of nature and the coming rape of the virgin BC wilderness,an exploitation that Leslie and his Indian friends try to stop.

The Disney version is just a film about three cuddly bear cubs, where the Indians naturally are evil and the white men oh so nice, clean-shaven; naturally 100% Politically Correct (even before the expression was coined) and very, very Disney!

Happily, Disney has later made great things, like Tron, A Bug's Life and Lilo & Stitch (Lilo & Stitch: the movie is, on the other hand, awful)!


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