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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)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 10 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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Trivia

Shot in the Dolomites mountains in Italy. See more »

Goofs

The rock that kills the mother bear is noticeably smaller than the boulder that rests atop the dead bear. 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 Frisky Dingo: The Image Problem (2007) 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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Possibly The Best 'Animal Film' Ever
11 January 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Almost 20 years later, this remains the best of "animal" movies I've ever seen - where there is little dialog and animals dominate the screen. The amazing photography with the bears, the stunning cinematography overall and the great landscape (British Columbia) all make this a visual treat. Even better, it's an interesting story and has remained that with each of the viewings I've had of this film since discovering it in the mid '90s.

It's a solid adventure story, and the little bear in here is lovable. The "bad guys" (the hunters) aren't really all that bad, either. The bears' performances are fascinating, simply amazing. It must have taken incredible patience to film this movie.

Outside of a couple of "damns," there is no profanity and, I would think, is a great film for any age person to see. Highly recommended.


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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

Gross USA:

$31,753,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,753,898
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Price, Renn Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut) | (theatrical)

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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