The Bear

  • 1989
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Adventure

This deceptively simple wilderness tale began production in 1982 with a four-line synopsis--"A big solitary bear. An orphan bear cub. Two hunters in the forest. The animals' point of view"--and went on to take in more than $100 million before its US release. The plot, practically nonexistent at first, unfolds in British Columbia in 1885, detailing the idyllic...read more

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This deceptively simple wilderness tale began production in 1982 with a four-line synopsis--"A big solitary bear. An orphan bear cub. Two hunters in the forest. The animals' point of view"--and went on to take in more than $100 million before its US release. The plot, practically

nonexistent at first, unfolds in British Columbia in 1885, detailing the idyllic daily routine of a bear cub. After the cub's mother is killed in a rockslide, however, the youngster must attempt to bond with a 2000-pound Kodiak male being pursued by a pair of hunters--Bill (Wallace), a calm,

calculating veteran, and his young, overeager friend Tom (Karyo).

A far cry from the sweet nature adventures that Disney popularized, THE BEAR is a sublime, graceful tale of human nature told, somewhat paradoxically, through the eyes of an animal. Director Annaud tells his story almost exclusively through visuals, using a bare minimum of dialogue and an

elegantly constructed soundtrack composed from the "language" of the bears. Though the film borrows from the sophisticated techniques of such masters of silent film as D.W. Griffith and Robert Flaherty, it gives the feel of having been captured effortlessly by the cameras.

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  • Released: 1989
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: This deceptively simple wilderness tale began production in 1982 with a four-line synopsis--"A big solitary bear. An orphan bear cub. Two hunters in the forest. The animals' point of view"--and went on to take in more than $100 million before its US releas… (more)

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