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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.

Director:

William Girdler

Writers:

Harvey Flaxman (screenplay), David Sheldon (screenplay)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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18 FEET OF TOWERING FURY!! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claws See more »

Filming Locations:

Clayton, Georgia, USA

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This ended up becoming the most financially successful independent motion picture of 1976, earning an impressive thirty-nine million dollars worldwide in box-office revenue, breaking records as well. It held this record for two solid years, until Halloween (1978) broke it. See more »

Goofs

When Kelly asks the helicopter pilot if he can get the chopper any lower the pilot responds "No. Too much of a down-draft today" and then lands the chopper a few seconds later when they think they have spotted the Bear. See more »

Quotes

Don Stober: If ya feel a wet snout in ya face, whatever you do, don't move. And don't kiss it back 'cause it ain't 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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Connections

Referenced in 31 Horror Movies in 31 Days: Grizzly (1976) (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

What Makes a Man a Man?
(uncredited)
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Lyrics by Arthur Hamilton
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Jaws in the woods
8 April 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Rip-off of "Jaws". A giant grizzly bear is (inexplicably) attacking humans in a forest. It's up to Christopher George and friends to track him down.

I saw this in a theatre when I was 14 and never forgot it. At the time it (sort of) scared me. The bear itself I thought looked kind of cuddly--even when it was growling and showing its fangs. The attacks were (for a PG movie) pretty bloody and had me actually cringing in my seat! The show stoppers were when a little boy is attacked (we don't actually SEE it, but we do see half his leg torn off) and when, with a swipe of its claw, the grizzly decapitates a horse! Silly...but effective! Also there's some really beautiful scenery here (if you see it letterboxed) and a really great score.

So, this is a good gross-out movie for kids--there is a lot of blood but you don't take it seriously. As for the rest of it--the acting and characterizations are strictly by the numbers but I thought George and Andrew Prine were lots of fun. Also the dialogue is terrible and I got a good laugh out of the guy who doesn't want close the park despite the fact that people are being killed! Talk about ripping off "Jaws"! Good example of a 1970s exploitation film.


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