The Bear

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Biography, Sports

Busey stars as Paul "Bear" Bryant in this reverential biography of the colorful Alabama college football coach, faithfully portraying him over a 50-year span, from his playing days with the Crimson Tide until his death in 1983. The film's chief fault is that it presents the Bear's life story without drama or conflict, so the only reason to watch this if...read more

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Busey stars as Paul "Bear" Bryant in this reverential biography of the colorful Alabama college football coach, faithfully portraying him over a 50-year span, from his playing days with the Crimson Tide until his death in 1983. The film's chief fault is that it presents the Bear's life

story without drama or conflict, so the only reason to watch this if you're not a Bryant devotee (a moot question in Alabama) is Busey's outstanding performance. Busey had already proven his ability to become a character as the lead in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY (1978), and he went on to play another

legendary sports figure, Joe DiMaggio, in INSIGNIFICANCE (1985). Making an appearance in THE BEAR is former Detroit Lions quarterback Hipple, who plays Illini quarterback Tony Eason in Alabama's thrilling 1982 Liberty Bowl victory.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Busey stars as Paul "Bear" Bryant in this reverential biography of the colorful Alabama college football coach, faithfully portraying him over a 50-year span, from his playing days with the Crimson Tide until his death in 1983. The film's chief fault is th… (more)

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