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The Bear (1988)

L'ours (original title)
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An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

Writers:

James Oliver Curwood (novel), Gérard Brach (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bart the Bear ... The Kodiak Bear
Youk the Bear ... The Bear Cub
Tchéky Karyo ... Tom
Jack Wallace ... Bill
André Lacombe André Lacombe ... Le chasseur aux chiens
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Storyline

The director of Quest for Fire (1981) creates yet another film in nature with almost no human dialogue in this picturesque story of an orphaned bear cub who is adopted by an adult male bear and must avoid hunters. Bart the Bear stars in this anthropomorphic fantasy. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Taglines:

He's an orphan... at the start of a journey. A journey to survive.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bear See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,676,530, 29 October 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,753,898
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Price,Renn Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in the Dolomites mountains in Italy. See more »

Goofs

A pair of wild sable ferrets can be seen in a tree immediately after the adult grizzly kills the elk. But sable ferrets are not indigenous to North America. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: [examining bear tracks] That's a huge male; bet he's more'n fifteen hundred pounds.
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Connections

Referenced in Une américaine à Paris (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

End Title Theme
Music adapted from "June: Barcarolle"
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (uncredited), from "The Seasons"
Played by Orchestra
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A movie that really cares about animals
23 June 2000 | by doctorjkSee all my reviews

The movie really cares about animals as the movie portrays them in a light that only an animal lover would. I should know because I love animals. Perhaps the most telling thing about the movie is it almost made from the viewpoint of a bear. The humans are part of the plot and are not the plot itself. The movie avoids two mistakes all animal movies seem to fall prey to(pun intended): silly talking animals or animal melodrama with significant roles for people. The score is perfect and the closing scene is nothing but heart warming and fulfilling.

As a scientist and as a thinking sentient being, the movie portrays bears in the same way science is beginning to. Feeling and maybe maybe thinking. The only difference between us and them is a matter of degrees (speech, tools).They have feelings and thoughts as well.

JK


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