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Grizzly Man

Werner Herzog's 2005 documentary about the life and death of Timothy Treadwell.

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The Man Who Wanted to Be a Grizzly Bear...

  • Feb 21, 2010
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Grizzly Man - yes the title of the movie is exactly what it is about - a man who went to live with grizzly bears each summer: living among them, talking to them, and starting to believe he was one of them.

Only in death did he learn that he was still human, and no match for a hungry bear desperate for food in advance of hibernation.

I found the story to be quite controversial - was the protagonist, Timothy Treadwell, a hero for "protecting" the grizzlies, as some people suggest.  Or was he a foolish man who put himself in death's path?

Werner Herzog, the director of the film, had the painstaking task of weaving together the story by sorting through countless hours of Treadwell's self recorded videos and interviewing people close to Treadwell.  He did an excellent job of creating a balanced perspective on Treadwell's behavior and adds insightful commentary.

What I enjoyed most about the movie is the breathtaking footage of the Alaskan wilderness.  The story itself was interesting but disturbing. 

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June 27, 2010
I watched some of his personal tapes and found them fairly fascinating. It's unfortunate that he became too comfortable with these bears and lost perspective on how he should be handling himself in the wild. If only he and his girlfriend had gotten out of there sooner. Thanks for this interesting review.
February 26, 2010
Treadwell may have been a nutcase but he certainly captured some wonderful footage of the bears, and the foxes that seemed to adopt him. In the end I think he almost commited suicide by going back to the maze at that time of year--and I think he knew it too. What a shame he took his girl friend with him. Herzog's film is simply brilliant.
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review by . July 29, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Fascinating documentary
 For thirteen summers, Timothy Treadwell lived among the wild grizzly bears of Alaska. An untrained but fervent bear-lover, he took his videos and message of bear preservation to schools during his off-season. This documentary alternates Treadwell's footage with interviews of his friends, family, and co-workers.      The result is a portrait of a man with a childlike enthusiasm and certainty that he could live with the bears as one of them. He also comes across as a …
Quick Tip by . February 24, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Intriguing documentary by Werner Herzog about a man whose fascination with grizzly bears borders on psycotic and leads to tragedy
Quick Tip by . February 23, 2010
This documentary is a riveting portrait of an outdoorsman who pushed the boundaries too far with tragic results. Intense and captivating.
review by . August 14, 2008
Pros: interesting study     Cons: ..     The Bottom Line: “They call me Grizzly Bear they say I'm kooky and square   They can say anything they want about me I don't care I don't care”   ~ Shel Silverstein           This movie reminded me a lot of Into The Wild; perhaps because they were both based in Alaska and both dealt with solitary humans seeking to breech the gap between civilization and wilderness. …
review by . June 01, 2006
Pros: Beautiful Alaskan Frontier, bizzare and unforgettable story line     Cons: amateur filming, disturbing      The Bottom Line: Interesting but troubled account of Timothy Treadwell and his sad but predictable demise.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. What a sad documentary this was. Of course, knowing what happened to Tim and his "grizzly" death makes this film hard to watch. His repeated …
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Grizzly Man is a 2005 American documentary film by German director Werner Herzog. It chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell. The film consists of Treadwell's own footage of his interactions with grizzly bears before he and his girlfriend were killed and eaten by a bear in 2003, and of interviews with people who knew or were involved with Treadwell. The footage he shot was later found, and the final film was co-produced by Discovery Docs, the Discovery Channel's theatrical documentary unit, and Lions Gate Entertainment. The film's soundtrack is by British singer songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson.
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Director: Werner Herzog
Genre: Documentary, Biographical Films
Release Date: August 12, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Werner Herzog
Runtime: 1hr 40min
Studio: Lions Gate Films, Discovery Docs
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