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Shadow of the Bear (1997)

Three young teens are stranded in the wilderness without their parents.


Mark Soulard


Mark Cole




Credited cast:
David Deveau David Deveau
Robert Higden ... Joe
Chantal Kemp Chantal Kemp ... Carly Andrich (as Chantal Leblanc-Everett)
James Hayes Liboiron James Hayes Liboiron ... Jake Andrich
Danette Mackay Danette Mackay ... Shelly Andrich
Gordon Masten ... Al
Emma Taylor-Isherwood Emma Taylor-Isherwood ... Mona
Alan Thicke ... William Andrich
Michael Yarmush Michael Yarmush ... Justin Andrich


Three young teens are stranded in the wilderness without their parents.

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Release Date:

October 1997 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de um Urso See more »

Filming Locations:

Quebec, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Grin and Bear It
4 February 2006 | by meetjohndoeSee all my reviews

The basic plot of the movie is the typical "family fare" stuff (overworked dad, marriage in trouble, external threat imposed on family, danger to kids ultimately bringing family together, etc., etc.) However, in between the paint-by-numbers plot, there's more on offer, purely because of the actress playing the wife (a luminous talent named Danette MacKay, who has a small part in Spielberg's "The Terminal" as well). When the movie wanders off the well-beaten path into her far less predictable work, the film momentarily takes on the ambiguous aura of an Altman/art house film from the seventies: MacKay brings a bitter, sexy edge to her scenes with her husband (played by Alan Thicke), a quality that not only momentarily lifts the film out of the standard "kid's movie" plot line, but adds a compelling--and often ambivalent--Jean Genet-ish subtext to her character in the film (the bear storyline itself, however, totally sucks).

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