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Grizzly Man (2005)

Cast: Timothy Treadwell, Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, more...
Director: Werner Herzog, Werner Herzog
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Documentary, Nature & Science , Quirky Characters
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish
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Filmmaker Werner Herzog adds another real-life character to his growing pantheon of people who walk a fine line between visionary genius and madness in this documentary. Timothy Treadwell was a self-styled authority on bears who, starting in 1990, would spend as much time as possible each year in Alaska, camping out near a grizzly bear habitat. While Treadwell claimed to love the bears and felt as one with them, he had no formal training in their behavior, and while familiarizing himself with the creatures he would walk within a few feet of them with a video camera in hand. To many, Treadwell seemed part man of nature, part conjuror, and part self-promotion expert, but the part that guided his kinship with the bears failed him in 2003, when he and his girlfriend were killed in a grizzly attack. Treadwell shot hundreds of hours of footage of himself and the grizzlies, and Herzog has used this footage as the core of Grizzly Man, a documentary look at Treadwell's life and death, while also including interviews with people who knew him, animal experts, and scientists. Acclaimed British guitarist Richard Thompson composed and performed the film's musical score. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

"It seems that now, finally, recognition has arrived at Werner Herzog's feet, and for an inveterate, lifelong Herzogian (alright, since adolescence), his current presence in the cultural forebrain is something of a vindication." So begins an appreciation of one of cinema's great and true iconoclasts from Michael Atkinson. Full article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Excellent by iluv2befit March 6, 2008 - 9:33 AM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this. The scenery in the movie was awesome. So many people have talked negatively about Tim Treadwell but it's because of him we are able to get a good inside look at the whole nature thing in its 'wildest' form. I thought he was quite intelligent- he did this for years and years before he was killed and most people would not survive one year. I thought the rapport he had with the other wild animals like the foxes was amazing to watch. He would pet them like he would a cat- This film was amazing to watch and I thought the editing and the way it was put together was very well done.

bear love by loot001 August 28, 2007 - 1:11 PM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Awesome character study. obsessed mentally ill man, layer by layer peeled away. amazing use of archived footage and interviews of friends he knew. especially intense scene discussing the grizzly man's last moments.

Great if you are a pyschologist by klein August 29, 2006 - 11:41 AM PDT
2 out of 8 members found this review helpful
This movie is based off of a true story, and actually a somewhat interesting one. However, the movie it seems doesn't have much material and brings in an ex-girlfriend, parents, an old rib cage bone etc to tell the story. The real story I saw was the mental illness that this man had - and it is detailed through a bunch of footage collected. At the end, I felt sorry for the man, and wished I heard more about the story of what he had contributed to his cause.

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