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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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Self / Narrator / Interviewer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carol Dexter ...
Self - Treadwell's Mother
Val Dexter ...
Self - Treadwell's Father
Sam Egli ...
Self - Egli Air Haul
Franc G. Fallico ...
Self - Coroner
Willy Fulton ...
Self - Pilot
Marc Gaede ...
Self - Ecologist
Marnie Gaede ...
Self - Ecologist
Sven Haakanson Jr. ...
Self - Alutiiq Museum Director
Amie Huguenard ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Self (archiveFootage)
Kathleen Parker ...
Self - Close Friend
Warren Queeney ...
Self - Actor and Close Friend
Self (archiveFootage)
Larry Van Daele ...
Self - Bear Biologist

Directed by

Werner Herzog

Written by

Werner Herzog ... (written by)

Produced by

Kevin L. Beggs ... executive producer (as Kevin Beggs)
Alana Berry ... associate producer
Billy Campbell ... executive producer
Phil Fairclough ... executive producer
Nick Huntley ... executive producer
Andrea Meditch ... executive producer
Erik Nelson ... executive producer / producer
Tom Ortenberg ... executive producer
Jewel Palovak ... co-executive producer

Music by

Richard Thompson ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Peter Zeitlinger ... director of photography

Editing by

Joe Bini

Editorial Department

Michael Anthony Brown ... editorial assistant
Herrianne Cayabyab Catolos ... on-line editor
Colin Hatton ... editorial assistant
Maya Hawke ... assistant editor
Adarsh Kaushal ... editorial assistant
Brian Patterson ... editorial assistant
David W. Ryan ... editorial assistant
Chris Camerote ... assistant editor (uncredited)
David Foulk ... editorial assistant (uncredited)
Spencer Hecox ... on-line editor (uncredited)
David Taylor ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Management

Don Baer ... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel Inc.
Randall M. Boyd ... post-production supervisor (as Randall Boyd)
Jessica DeJong ... production manager (as Jessica Dejong)
Dave Harding ... executive in charge of production
Tom Koykka ... production manager
Jane Root ... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel Inc.

Sound Department

Ken King ... audio
Michael Klinger ... post-production audio
Spencer Palermo ... audio (as Spence Palermo)
D.D. Stenehjem ... post-production audio

Camera and Electrical Department

Erik Söllner ... assistant camera operator (as Erik Sollner)
Amie Huguenard ... camera operator: archive footage (uncredited)
Timothy Treadwell ... camera operator: archive footage (uncredited)

Music Department

David Bergeaud ... composer: additional music
Danielle DeGruttola ... musician: cello
John Hanes ... musician: percussion and drums
Stephen Hart ... music recording engineer
Henry Kaiser ... music producer
Jim O'Rourke ... musician: piano and guitar
Damon Smith ... musician: acoustic bass
Richard Thompson ... music arranger / musician: guitar and bass
Rebecca Rienks ... music coordinator (uncredited)


Carol Dexter ... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by
Val Dexter ... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by (as Val)
Sam Egli ... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by
Willy Fulton ... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by
Sue Houghton ... special thanks
Anna Rogers ... acknowledgment: photos/footage provided by

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines In nature, there are boundaries. See more »
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Also Known As
  • O Homem Urso (Brazil)
  • Człowiek niedźwiedź (Poland)
  • 熊人 (Hong Kong, Mandarin title)
  • A grizzlyember (Hungary)
  • グリズリーマン (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 103 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $269,131, 14 Aug 2005

Did You Know?

Trivia During a BBC interview about the film, Werner Herzog was shot with an air rifle. The interview was resumed indoors and at the end Herzog was encouraged to check his wound. Though there was "a bruise the size of a snooker ball, with a hole in it." Herzog declared "It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid." See more »
Goofs As Herzog urges Jewel Palovak never to listen to Timothy's last tape, he says it will always be "the white elephant in your room". This is a conflation of two different expressions. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Crank (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Coyotes See more »
Quotes Werner Herzog: And what haunts me, is that in all the faces of all the bears that Treadwell ever filmed, I discover no kinship, no understanding, no mercy. I see only the overwhelming indifference of nature. To me, there is no such thing as a secret world of the bears. And this blank stare speaks only of a half-bored interest in food. But for Timothy Treadwell, this bear was a friend, a savior.
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