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Grey Owl (1999)

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The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.

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William Nicholson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Archie Grey Owl
Stewart Bick Stewart Bick ... Cyrus Finney
Vlasta Vrana ... Harry Champlin
Annie Galipeau Annie Galipeau ... Pony
Neil Kroetsch ... First Hunter
Serge Houde ... Second Hunter
Peter Colvey Peter Colvey ... Hotel Guest
Nathaniel Arcand ... Ned White Bear
Jacques Lussier ... Hotel Manager
Lee-Roy Jacobs Lee-Roy Jacobs ... Hotel Porter
Jimmy Herman ... Chief Pete Misebi
John Dunn-Hill John Dunn-Hill ... Sim Hancock
Graham Greene ... Jim Bernard
Gordon Masten ... Gus Mitchell
Chip Chuipka Chip Chuipka ... First Trapper
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Storyline

Archie Grey Owl is a trapper in Canada in the early 1930s when a young Iroquois woman from town asks him to teach her Indian ways. They live in the woods, where she is appalled at how trapped animals die. She adopts two orphaned beaver kits and helps Archie see his way to stop trapping. Instead, he works as a guide, a naturalist writer, and then the Canadian government hires him to save the beaver in a conserve by Lake Ajawaan in Prince Albert National Park. He writes a biography, which brings him attention in Canada and invitations to lecture in England. Before he leaves, he and Anahareo (Pony) marry. In England, his secret is revealed. Will Anahareo continue to love him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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canada | beaver | iroquois | writer | love | See All (180) »

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He Fought To Change The World


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sensuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | Ojibwa | Sioux | French

Release Date:

1 October 1999 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Búho Gris See more »

Filming Locations:

Chelsea, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$162,360, 1 October 1999

Gross USA:

$632,617, 1 January 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie takes place from 1934 to 1936. See more »

Goofs

When Archie is skinning a deer he has it hung up by the neck. Normally game is hung by the hind legs and bled from the neck before it is skinned or butchered. See more »

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[last lines]
Cyrus Finney: He never spoke in public again. That night, when we watched Archie strip away all pretense of being an Indian; I knew that what he was saying was far more important than who he really was. Afterwards, he slipped silently into the night and went back to his remote cabin on Lake Ajawaan. He died there, suddenly, of pneumonia, two years later, in April, 1938. In recognition of what Archie was trying to achieve, the North Bay Nugget agreed to hold my story while he lived. They ran it ...
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Slow moving but MOVING .
28 May 2000 | by chazijSee all my reviews

We viewed the vcr and found it to be fascinating. Not knowing anything about this true story, I thought: "Oh, no, P.Brosnan as an American Indian ('red' Indian in the film), what a bad choice" until I discovered the truth about Grey Owl. The film does a good job of demonstrating the dignity of these native peoples and undermining the racist myths about them. And Annie Galipeau, WOW, what a beauty, and very convincing as an Indian woman (I believe she is French-Canadian; she sure reverts to the all-too familiar speech of such). In spite, of Brosnan's detached, grunting style, in the end he comes through convincingly as a passionate, dedicated man. The plot is a little weak in demostrating his conversion from trapper to animal coservationist. Good film, highly recommended.


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