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Grizzly (1976)

An eighteen-foot-tall grizzly bear terrorizes a state park, leaving it up to a Park Ranger to save the day.


William Girdler


Harvey Flaxman (screenplay), David Sheldon (screenplay)

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All hell breaks loose when a giant Grizzly, reacting to the slaughter of Grizzlies by poachers, attacks at a massive big-band rock concert in the National Park.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Michael Kelly
Andrew Prine ... Don Stober
Richard Jaeckel ... Arthur Scott
Joan McCall ... Allison Corwin
Joe Dorsey ... Charley Kittridge
Charles Kissinger ... Dr. Hallitt
Kermit Echols Kermit Echols ... Corwin
Tom Arcuragi ... Tom
Victoria Johnson Victoria Johnson ... Gail (as Vicki Johnson)
Kathy Rickman ... June (as Catherine Rickman)
Mary Ann Hearn ... Margaret
Harvey Flaxman Harvey Flaxman ... Reporter
Mike Clifford Mike Clifford ... Pat
David Newton David Newton ... Mike
Mike Gerschefski Mike Gerschefski ... George


An eighteen-foot grizzly bear figures out that humans make for a tasty treat. As a park ranger tries rallying his men to bring about the bear's capture or destruction, his efforts are thwarted by the introduction of dozens of drunken hunters into the area. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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This summer the National Park will be besieged by a killer grizzly bear! See more »


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Release Date:

21 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claws See more »

Filming Locations:

Clayton, Georgia, USA


Box Office


$750,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert O. Ragland conducted the National Philharmonic Orchestra of London, but used only twelve of the lowest sounding instruments for the bear's stalking theme. See more »


The rangers discuss that brown bear have been seen in the area but grizzlies are not know to be in the area. The fact is that grizzly bear and brown bear are the same species of animal. See more »


Ranger Michael Kelly: Well let me tell you something Kittridge, while you've been sitting around here on your fat ass, I've made this forest part of me!
Charley: You listin here...
Ranger Michael Kelly: No you listen. Those campers are in my jurisdiction, now I'm going to deal with it the way I've seen it fit. Now you just try and stop me!
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Alternate Versions

The following scenes were cut from the original version:
  • A scene were Ranger Michael Kelly talks to Walter Corwin about shutting down his lodge.
  • Another victim attack.
  • A scene were the hunters kill a bear but is actually a black bear they killed by mistake.
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Referenced in 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: Grizzly (1976) (2012) See more »


What Makes a Man a Man?
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Lyrics by Arthur Hamilton
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"Paws," or better yet, "Claws"
12 March 2014 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Okay, I think everyone going in knows that this is another one of those "nature-runs-amok" flicks. If you're a fan of these types of movies you'll enjoy "Grizzly;" you won't be blown away or anything, but it's a nice little time-waster.

"Grizzly" was made one year after the hugely-successful "Jaws." It's obvious that the creators wanted to profit from that film's popularity because the plot is basically the same, albeit with a different animal, land instead of ocean, etc. The main difference, however, is that "Jaws" was a first-rate film, whereas "Grizzly" is strictly Grade B.

How can one tell? Well, First rate films like "Jaws," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "The Bridge on the River Kwai" stand the test of time -- although you can tell they're older films for obvious reasons, they're so well done on all levels that you hardly even notice. Grade B films like "Grizzly," however, do not pulsate with creative originality, they lack that certain pizazz to set them apart.

This is not to say that "Grizzly" isn't entertaining; it is, as long as you understand going in that you're seeing a Grade B Jaws-on-land type flick. We're not talking "Apocalypse Now" here.

WHAT WORKS: The Northern Georgia location -- Black Rock Mountain State Park -- is a pleasant surprise. If you enjoy deep forest adventure type movies, then this film's for you.

The scene wherein the bruin destroys a fire outlook post is good.

WHAT DOESN'T WORK: aside from the obvious "Jaws" rip-off and Grade B film problems mentioned above, the grizzly in the picture doesn't look as big as they say it is. In the movie the bear is supposed to be a prehistoric survivor, some 15 feet tall or so. Don't get me wrong here, the thought of running into a grizzly is frightening enough, ask my wife who had a nervous breakdown on a trail in Glacier National Park, Montana (one of only two areas where grizzlies still dwell in the lower 48). It's just that the bear doesn't look as big as they SAY it is in the film.

Also, as with most Grade B fare, the score is substandard and dated.

FINAL ANALYSIS: Think rip-off, think Grade B, think "Paws" or "Claws," and you won't be disappointed.


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