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The Bear (1988)

L'ours (original title)
An orphan bear cub hooks up with an adult male as they try to dodge human hunters.

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
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Youk the Bear ...
The Bear Cub
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Tom
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Bill
André Lacombe ...
Le chasseur aux chiens
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Storyline

The director of _Quest for Fire_ creates yet another film in nature with almost no human dialogue in this picturesque story of an orphaned bear cub who is adopted by an adult male bear and must avoid hunters. Bart the Bear stars in this anthropomorphic fantasy. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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He's an orphan... at the start of a journey. A journey to survive.


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Release Date:

27 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Gross:

$31,753,898 (USA)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Henson 's Creature Shop was hired to make five animatronic bears to act as stand-ins for the real ones and to avoid any cruelty to animals. The animatronics were created on a tight schedule and were based on photographs of the actual bears. However, once transported to the set on the slopes of the Dolomites it became apparent that the fake bears didn't resemble the real ones enough. They ended up on screen for only a few seconds. See more »

Goofs

The rock that kills the mother bear is noticeably smaller than the boulder that rests atop the dead bear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bill: [examining bear tracks] That's a huge male; bet he's more'n fifteen hundred pounds.
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Connections

Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

End Title Theme
Music adapted from "June: Barcarolle"
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (uncredited), from "The Seasons"
Played by Orchestra
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I thought it was excellent when I was younger, its even better now that I am older
14 April 2003 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

The Bear was an art film veiled in the guise of a nature film. I never looked at the roving vistas and sharp cinematography, because when I first watched this, I was more concerned with the bear cub. This is certainly a minimalist film, but the execution was so well done, the power of the images speaks more than the occasional piece of dialogue that is spoken throughout the movie. While it can never be described as kids movie, I think kids might be interested in it due to the very National Geographic-like quality of the film (only without the voice overs). While it has been a long time since I last watched this film (about four years ago), the interesting imagery and the simple, yet meaningful story of survival will always stick with me.


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