The Bear 1988

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This is the touching tale of an orphaned bear cub who is adopted by an adult bear and learns to avoid hunters.

Starring:
Jack Wallace, Tcheky Karyo
Rental Formats:
DVD

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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes
Starring Jack Wallace, Tcheky Karyo, Tchéky Karyo
Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By M Evans on 14 July 2009
Format: DVD
One of the most breathtaking films I've ever seen, certainly the best 'from an animal's perspective' type film ever made. How the filmmaker's got the bears to act as they do in the film I've no idea, but they have really captured some stunning moments with the bears here. Even more impressive is the fact that this film was done before the advent of CGI animation, so everything you see here was done for real. The little bear cub is probably the cutest real life animal seen on film you'll ever see. The scenery in the film is also absolutely breathtaking and just adds to the impact of the film. There are a couple of moments that might not be quite suitable for young children, but this is one of those few films that really captures the beauty and awesomeness of nature and wildlife and I for one felt spiritually enriched for watching it. This is a film that has stood the test of time and I don't think will ever age or become irrelevant. I don't think you can get higher praise than that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zheko Hubenov on 27 May 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Quite simply, this movie is outstanding. Set in the mountains of British Columbia (you North Amercian's are lucky, we don't have those sorts of stunning mountains in Oz), it is a story of a grizzly bears experiences, and a cub, and their interactions with a few hunters, and the wild. However, for once it is told from the bears perspective, so to speak, and consequently there is very little dialogue in the whole film. But don't be put off, pictures speak thousands of words, and in this case an enyclopaedia. Adventures with pumas, 'magic mushrooms', hunters, a honey-laden beehive, 'Mrs Grizzley bear', hunting dogs, a man-campsite; and all done intelligently and realistically-trust me. Everyone I know who has seen the film, from juppies to scientists, has enjoyed it immensely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rambosaur on 10 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
This was a childhood favourite of mine and when I seen it was on DVD I had to get it to relive the great story. There's very little dialogue as most of the story is froma an orphan bear cubs perspective. The thing I like is that it's not all cute and cuddley as the story deals with death on more than one occassion. This is a good film to watch with children as you can both learn something here. Def. worth getting if you are a fan of nature. The director also made a film called "two brothers" which is about tiger cubs.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By pedmatters on 11 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
A touching story of two bears with a happy ending. Of course, something like this wouldn't have happened in real life - an adult male Grizzly bear would most probably kill a strange cub. However, as it is a nice fiction, not only did they live side by side, they encounter a number of situations where they support each other and come out as the true winners! No blood, fantastic scenery and fabulous bears - a pleasure even for the adults, never mind children. Played it to our friends' under 3 sons - they watched it very attentively and seemed to understand what was going one better than us! Regarding the fact that these boys are always fidgeting, this movie kept them on the couch with no effort! Worth 6 stars.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Anna on 7 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
This film is absolutely beautiful. When Bambi's mum gets it: if that tugged at your heart-strings, this film will break them. The bear is so cute I'd thank it for mauling me; the scenery is stunning, in an age when cinematography wasn't the be-all it is these days; the plot is simple, but powerful, and the film's execution is so wonderful, it's stayed with me for 18 years. We're coming up to Summer now, and ideally this movie should be watched while snuggled under a warm duvet, with snacks and tissues to hand, but even in the heat, amongst the barbecues and Pimms, I defy you to watch The Bear and not feel fundamentally moved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. W. J. Slaney on 16 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
A truly amazing film, best seen with the family on a wintery night. The film, so hauntingly beautiful. You're given the option of watching the film in full or widescreen, but obviously the widescreen option captures the amazing scenery filmed in British Columbia. If you can, get the Region 1 version as it has plenty of extras worth watching, especially the making of the film which is great, just watching how they managed to get that cub bear to do all those tricks, well funny! Be sure though that your player is multi-region or it won't play Region 1 DVDs. So, a great film, but really try and get Region 1 - it's got so much more packed in.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Simono on 14 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. A lovely tale of an orphaned bear cub's survival in the wild, and he even wins around the hunters! The scenery is, as previously said, stunning, and the bond which developes between the cub and the old Grizzly is heartwarming. Directed by the same director of 'Two Brothers' - which I also recommend. Both, a must buy for animal lovers everywhere.
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I watched this film many years ago when it was first made and it ranks high in my all time favourite list.
Lawrence of Arabia is no.1, but this is definitely No.2. It may be a bit "cheesey" but if you think of how it was put together and the work involved in doing so, you will appreciate the skill of a good film maker. It does not rely on a good script, just a simple story of survival, trust, respect and love using Real Animals.

Love it, Love it, Love it
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