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The Bear (1984)

Biopic about the great college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant of the University of Alabama.


Michael Kane


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Paul W. Bryant
Cynthia Leake ... Mary Harmon Bryant
Carmen Thomas Carmen Thomas ... Mae Martin Bryant
Cary Guffey ... Grandson Marc
Harry Dean Stanton ... Coach Thomas
Jon-Erik Hexum ... Pat Trammell
Steve Greenstein ... Joe Namath
Michael McGrady ... Gene Stallings
William Wesley Neighbors Jr. William Wesley Neighbors Jr. ... Billy Neighbors
Brett Rice ... Don Hutson
Buddy Farmer Buddy Farmer ... Herman Ball
Owen Orr ... Ermal Allen (as Owen E. Orr)
Charles Gabrielson Charles Gabrielson ... Steve Meilinger
D'Urville Martin ... Billy
Ken Taylor Ken Taylor ... Jimbo / Ball Player


Biopic about the great college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant of the University of Alabama.

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WINNING. That was the difference between playing football and playing for "The Bear".








Release Date:

28 September 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Bär See more »


Box Office


$221,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,160,644, 30 September 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?


Gene Stallings, who played for Bear Bryant at Texas A&M and went on to become head football coach at Alabama, was the technical advisor on the film. See more »


I'll Be Home Again
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Dennis Lambert
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Low Budget and Low Interest
31 July 2006 | by mrsquidSee all my reviews

I was an unpaid extra in this film and after 3 hours of Busey forgetting his lines he finally got it right and we got to go home. For my "work" I did get to go to the premier...and every one in the audience knew this film was *crap*. Heck, Julie Andrews could have done a better job...at least she could have put 3 sentences together coherently. The edits are ham-fisted, and the stock footage doesn't match the current footage. The Continuity person must have had a blind seeing-eye dog. All in all I would put this film right up there with "Attack of the Killer Tomatos" except that this film isn't nearly as funny or as campy...witness the near zero commercial demand. If you are a video masochist: find this film and watch it often. The only problem is that because it is such tripe you will have a rather difficult time buying it.

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