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Grizzly Man (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Aug 12, 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 26, 2005
BoxOffice: $2.9M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for language.

Running Time
0 hours, 1 minute

Country USA

Production Companies
Discovery Docs

Studio Lions Gate Films

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Genre: Documentary

Tagline: In nature, there are boundaries.

Plot: In his mesmerizing new film GRIZZLY MAN, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. Treadwell lived unarmed among the bears for thirteen summers, and filmed his adventures in the wild during his final five seasons. In October 2003, Treadwell's remains, along with those of his girlfriend, Amie Huguenard, were discovered near their campsite in Alaska's Katmai National Park and Reserve. They had been mauled and devoured by a grizzly, the first known victims of a bear attack in the park. (The bear suspected of the killings was later shot by park officials.) In GRIZZLY MAN, Herzog plumbs not only the mystery of wild nature, but also the mystery of human nature as he chronicles Treadwell's final years in the wilderness. Herzog uses Treadwell's own startling documentary footage to paint a nuanced portrait of a complex and compelling figure while exploring larger questions about the uneasy relationship between man and nature.

Founder of the organization Grizzly People, Treadwell devoted his life to the preservation of bears, co-authored a book with Jewel Palovak, Among Grizzlies, and educated thousands of schoolchildren about bears. Treadwell also used his charisma and growing

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 External Reviews
external linkGrizzly Man is compelling material from start to finish. 3.5/4

external linkHis watch, still ticking, is in its stomach. I have a certain admiration for his courage, recklessness, idealism, whatever you want to call it, but here is a man who managed to get himself and his girlfriend eaten, and you know what? He deserves Werner Herzog. 4/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

external linkHerzog makes it an art. 3.5/4
--Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)

external link“Grizzly Man” is an interesting look at the life of a deeply flawed man, even if it isn’t totally successful in getting the audience to come over to Treadwell’s side. 3.5/5
--Pete Vonder Haar (

external linkThis is a really interesting movie and deserves to be seen when it finally is shown on the Discovery Channel later this year. 3/5
--Eric Lurio

external linkGrizzly Man does have some morbid appeal, as if it's a true-life version of something Blair Witch-y in nature. But ultimately the movie seems to be about how far a man will go to pursue his passions. Treadwell repeatedly insisted that he will "live and die" alongside his beloved bears. 4/5
--Scott Weinberg (

external linkThis is a film that’s at once beautiful, horrifying, tragic, uplifting, grimly humorous and unutterably sad, and it’s among Herzog’s very best. A-
--Frank Swietek

external linkGrizzly Man tells one heck of a story, and it leaves us shaking our heads in amazement and disbelief. Treadwell spent so much time with bears that he lost sight of the obvious: There might come a day when they viewed him as lunch. B+
--Robert Denerstein

external linkThere are some pretty scenes of Alaska but this is a film about an unimportant, psychologically flawed person with more faults than virtues 5/10
--Tony Medley

 Directed by
Werner Herzog
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external linkIt'a hard to build up much commisseration about so morbidly tragic a human mentality, though the unnecessary loss of life will touch everyone who witnesses how a singular set of delusions, misguided devotion, and challenging social coping factors bring it about. 3/4
external linkWatching Grizzly Man was like watching a nature program with a twist. A
--Andrew Casertano (TheCinemaSource)

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