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Grizzly Man (2005)

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A devastating and heart-rending take on grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed in October of 2003 while living among grizzly bears in Alaska.

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Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog
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Cast

Credited cast:
Werner Herzog ... Himself / Narrator / Interviewer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Dexter Carol Dexter ... Herself - Treadwell's Mother
Val Dexter Val Dexter ... Himself - Treadwell's Father
Sam Egli Sam Egli ... Himself - Egli Air Haul
Franc G. Fallico Franc G. Fallico ... Himself - Coroner
Willy Fulton Willy Fulton ... Himself - Pilot
Marc Gaede Marc Gaede ... Himself - Ecologist
Marnie Gaede Marnie Gaede ... Herself - Ecologist
Sven Haakanson Jr. Sven Haakanson Jr. ... Himself - Alutiiq Museum Director
Amie Huguenard Amie Huguenard ... Herself (archive footage)
David Letterman ... Himself (archive footage)
Jewel Palovak ... Herself
Kathleen Parker Kathleen Parker ... Herself - Close Friend
Warren Queeney ... Himself - Actor and Close Friend
Timothy Treadwell ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

A docudrama that centers on amateur grizzly bear expert Timothy Treadwell. He periodically journeyed to Alaska to study and live with the bears. He was killed, along with his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, by a rogue bear in October 2003. The films explores Treadwell's compassionate life as he found solace among these endangered animals. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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One man spent the last 13 years of his life crossing them. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A grizzlyember See more »

Filming Locations:

Alaska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$269,131, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,174,085, 20 November 2005
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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Werner Herzog describes Timothy Treadwell's last tape, while telling his friend never to listen to it, as always being "a White Elephant in the room". "White Elephant" is a different figure of speech from "Elephant in the room". "White Elephant" means an extravagant but useless project; "Elephant in the room" means something unspoken that is nevertheless obvious. See more »

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Timothy Treadwell: I'm out in the prime cut of big green. Behind me is Ed and Rowdy, members of an up-and-coming sub-adult gang. They're challenging everything, including me. Goes with the territory. If I show weakness, if I retreat, I may be hurt, I may be killed. I must hold my own if I'm gonna stay within this land. For once there is weakness they will exploit it, they will take me out, they will decapitate me, they will chop me into bits and pieces. I'm dead. But so far, I persevere. Persevere.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD from Lions Gate Home Entertainment opens with a disclaimer stating that the film has been changed from its theatrical version. The sole change is in the first ten minutes where Herzog explains that Treadwell had become a semi-celebrity. In the theatrical version a clip is shown of Treadwell on CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman." Treadwell comes out and explains what he has been doing and Letterman quips, "We're not going to open a newspaper one day and read about you being eaten by a bear are we?" In the DVD version this exchange is omitted and replaced with a NBC news segment of Treadwell being interviewed. When the interviewer asks if he would ever want a gun to protect himself, Treadwell states that he "would never, ever kill a bear even in the defense of my own life." See more »

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Coyotes
by McDill (as Bob McDill)
Performed by Don Edwards
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On behalf of itself and Ranger Bob Music (ASCAP), Warner Bros. Records, Inc. by arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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A dangerous passion
7 September 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

If there was anyone at all to take this story to the screen, Werner Herzog, the distinguished German director, would have been our first choice. Mr. Herzog, a man who knew madness first hand, as his association to Klaus Kinsky proved, is a man that could make this documentary work in the way it does.

We follow an obsessed man, Tim Treadwell, whose love for the grizzly bears consumed him. Mr. Treadwell's own life, away from that setting, was nothing to speak of, but let him loose in the Alaska wilderness and he became a figure as large, as the bears he loved and cared for so much. Tim's passion for the grizzlies took him to appoint himself as the savior of the animals. This was a man that didn't pay attention to the dangers around him, because as all consumed individuals in search of greatness for achieving something, he lost track of what was real and what wasn't. Tim even gets his girlfriend Amie Huguenard involved in his quest for protecting the bears. At the same time, Mr. Treadwell is seen also with the foxes of the area, who didn't pose the same danger as the great brown bears.

What Mr. Herzog has achieved is to show us the man in the mission he set out for himself, expanding in the material Mr. Treadwell had amassed on his own. The director shows us breathtaking views of Alaska, as probably never has been shown before. The cinematography takes our breath away. The Katmai National Park has never been seen in its glorious splendor before.

"Grizzly Bear", like "The March of the Penguins", currently playing in local cinemas, is a welcome diversion from the typical summer Hollywood fare of films that are big on special effects that don't add anything to our enjoyment because the adhere to the same tired old formula.


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