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Grizzly (1976)

An eighteen-foot-tall grizzly bear terrorizes a state park, leaving it up to a Park Ranger to save the day.

Director:

William Girdler

Writers:

Harvey Flaxman (screenplay), David Sheldon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher George ... Michael Kelly
Andrew Prine ... Don Stober
Richard Jaeckel ... Arthur Scott
Joan McCall ... Allison Corwin
Joe Dorsey ... Charley Kittridge
Charles Kissinger ... Dr. Hallitt
Kermit Echols Kermit Echols ... Corwin
Tom Arcuragi ... Tom
Victoria Johnson Victoria Johnson ... Gail (as Vicki Johnson)
Kathy Rickman ... June (as Catherine Rickman)
Mary Ann Hearn ... Margaret
Harvey Flaxman Harvey Flaxman ... Reporter
Mike Clifford Mike Clifford ... Pat
David Newton David Newton ... Mike
Mike Gerschefski Mike Gerschefski ... George
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Storyline

An eighteen-foot grizzly bear figures out that humans make for a tasty treat. As a park ranger tries rallying his men to bring about the bear's capture or destruction, his efforts are thwarted by the introduction of dozens of drunken hunters into the area. Written by Brian J. Wright <tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com>

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Not since JAWS has the terror been like this! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claws See more »

Filming Locations:

Clayton, Georgia, USA

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A novelization of the film was written by Will Collins and published in 1976. See more »

Goofs

The rangers discuss that brown bear have been seen in the area but grizzlies are not know to be in the area. The fact is that grizzly bear and brown bear are the same species of animal. See more »

Quotes

Don: Well let me tell you a little story boy. A long time ago their was a tribe of Indians up here in these woods. They were all laying down in these parts... or something I can't remember. Any way these herd of grizzlies smelt them out. They came in an they ate them. They thorn them all up. Little children, sick ones everybody! Their were few braves to go out on the hunt. They came back and them grizzlies turned on them! So their you got yourself a little situation. A whole herd of man-eating ...
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Alternate Versions

Some scenes were cut to avoid an R Rating.
  • A scene were Don's death at the end was much more violent.
  • Scott death was more violent than an off-screen cut.
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Connections

Featured in Grizzly II: The Concert (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

What Makes a Man a Man?
(uncredited)
Music by Robert O. Ragland
Lyrics by Arthur Hamilton
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Good watchable movie, unless of course you expected "Streetcar named Desire"
16 October 2003 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

Unjustifiably criticized as a "Jaws" rip-off at the time of it's release "Grizzly" is a really good "Monster on the loose" movie. The film is about a 18 foot grizzly bear terrorizing campers in a national park with Christopher George, the Park Ranger, Andrew Prine, the Helicopter Pilot, and Richard Jaeckel, the Naturalist, teaming up together to bring the "Big Bad Bear's" rampage to an end. "Grizzly" has a storyline and flaming ending very similar to "Jaws".

There's really nothing that bad about the movie to criticize. It was made as a B-type Monster/Horror film and no one expected it to win any Academy Awards. It makes you wonder why most of it's critics put it down? Was it its lack of originality artistry and imagination?

There's a series of killings in a national park where it's found out that a giant grizzly is responsible for them. The manager of the park wants it all kept quite since the news and publicity would hurt the parks revenue and his promotion to a post in Washington D.C.

The film follows the usual "Monster on the loose" movie plot. Just when it looks like that there's no stopping the indestructible bruin, after killing some dozen people including one of the leading stars of the film. The bear is even more then a match for an armed helicopter which he brings down with one swat of his paw.The hero park ranger later, after when all seems lost, finds an ingenious way of bringing the bear down and the park is then opened for camping and hiking without anymore fear or danger of the killer bear.

That's a brief synopsis of the story and that's what most, if not all, of the people who went to see the movie expected. The acting by the top stars in the film George, Prine and Jaeckel was much better then you would expect from a B-Monster/Horror movie. I don't think people going to see "Grizzly" expected to see "Streetcar Named Desire". The photography was breathtaking at times with the script and music score was more then adequate for a B-Movie. Most of all the killer bear was truly frightening. In short, going to see "Grizzly" you not only got what you paid for but a lot more then you expected.

Like I said in the beginning of the article about "Grizzly" that it's most vocal critics were those who accused it of ripping-off "Jaws". With the rare exception of movies like "Pi" and "Momento" how many movies can we say are truly original? There were a lot of movies with a "Jaws" storyline for the writers and director of "Jaws" to learn or, as the critics of "Grizzly" would say, rip-off from.

And one last word: The biggest ripper-offer from "Jaws" was none other then "Jaws" itself. With three sequels over ten years and each one worse then the previous one and the last, "Jaws IV", being so bad and unwatchable that it wasn't even released in the theaters.


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