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Grey Owl (1999)

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The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.

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William Nicholson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Archie Grey Owl
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ... Cyrus Finney
Vlasta Vrana ... Harry Champlin
Annie Galipeau Annie Galipeau ... Pony
Neil Kroetsch ... First Hunter
Serge Houde ... Second Hunter
Peter Colvey Peter Colvey ... Hotel Guest
Nathaniel Arcand ... Ned White Bear
Jacques Lussier ... Hotel Manager
Lee-Roy Jacobs Lee-Roy Jacobs ... Hotel Porter
Jimmy Herman ... Chief Pete Misebi
John Dunn-Hill John Dunn-Hill ... Sim Hancock
Graham Greene ... Jim Bernard
Gordon Masten ... Gus Mitchell
Chip Chuipka Chip Chuipka ... First Trapper
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Storyline

Archie Grey Owl is a trapper in Canada in the early 1930s when a young Iroquois woman from town asks him to teach her Indian ways. They live in the woods, where she is appalled at how trapped animals die. She adopts two orphaned beaver kits and helps Archie see his way to stop trapping. Instead, he works as a guide, a naturalist writer, and then the Canadian government hires him to save the beaver in a conserve by Lake Ajawaan in Prince Albert National Park. He writes a biography, which brings him attention in Canada and invitations to lecture in England. Before he leaves, he and Anahareo (Pony) marry. In England, his secret is revealed. Will Anahareo continue to love him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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canada | beaver | iroquois | writer | love | See All (180) »

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He Fought To Change The World


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Rated PG-13 for some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | Ojibwa | Sioux | French

Release Date:

1 October 1999 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Búho Gris See more »

Filming Locations:

Chelsea, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162,360, 1 October 1999

Gross USA:

$632,617, 1 January 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie takes place from 1934 to 1936. See more »

Goofs

When Grey Owl's publisher Champlin arrives by airplane, to convince Grey Owl to go on tour in England, the airplane shown is clearly a DeHavilland DHC-2 "Beaver" on floats. This scene is set in approximately 1935, but the DeHavilland Beaver did not make its first flight until 1947. See more »

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Pow Wow Chief: Men become what they dream... you have dreamed well.
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GREY OWL AN UNEXPECTED GEM!
19 August 2001 | by blue-7See all my reviews

Recently I was looking for the newly issued Wide Screen DVD of FLY AWAY HOME and came upon interesting title that I had never heard of: GREY OWL. The fact that it was a Richard Attenborough Film caught my attention (he responsible for such fine films as GANDHI, CHAPLIN, and SHADOWLANDS). I noticed that the screenplay was by William Nicholson (author of SHADOWLANDS). This "Special Edition" was full of interesting sounding material and the price was just under $10.00 -- so I chanced it & bought it. WOW! What a beautiful film. Pierce Brosnan stars as Archie Grey Owl, a real life trapper in the 1930s, who came to love and respect the wild lands of Canada, and worked to help protect them. Brosnan (who starred in a James Bond film) gives a shaded, warm, powerful performance as does Annie Galipeau as the young woman who loves and influences his feeling for the creatures of the land -- especially the beaver. A fine score by George Fenton (THE CRUCIBLE) and beautiful photograhy by Roger Pratt add greatly to the effectiveness of the film. AND the extras on this DVD are something else! Includes two shorts made in the 1930s with the real Grey Owl as well as audio commentary tracks by Attenborough and Producer Jake Eberts; 2 Featurettes; and many other fine additions PLUS options for those having access to a PC with DVD-ROM features. GREY OWL has been released directly to DVD in the United States -- a fact that Richard Attenborough attributes to Hollywood's lack of interest in distributing something that isn't loaded with a lot of violence and sex. This is a film that not only informs and entertains but leaves you with something to think about. I had a very warm feeling at the films conclusion -- and a whole new love and understanding for beavers! GREY OWL is a very fine film -- worth checking out! This is one I look forward to sharing with others.


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