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The Bear Details

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Jean-Jacques Annaud directed this unusual and compelling tale of animals in the wild, which tells its tale from the bears' point of view. A pair of carefully-trained bruins deliver remarkably effective "performances" (aided by clever editing and, in some sequences, the use of realistic animated models). A infant bear cub (Douce the Bear) witnesses the death of his mother in a rockslide and is forced to set out to fend for himself. The young bear encounters a giant grizzly (Bart the Bear), who at first cannot abide the young bear's presence. However, the grizzly is soon ambushed by a pair of hunters -- Bill (Jack Wallace) and Tom (Tcheky Karyo) -- after an altercation with their pack animals. As the injured beast cleans his wounds in a stream, the young bear comes to his aid, and the giant takes the youngster under his wing. However, Bill and Tom have sworn revenge on the grizzly, and when they capture the young bear, it lures the giant back into the hunters' camp. L'Ours, released in English-speaking countries as The Bear, was based on the novel King Grizzly by James Oliver Curwood. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:October 25, 1989

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Jean-Jacques Annaud Best Director 1988 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Philippe Rousselot Best Cinematography 1989 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Noëlle Boisson Best Editing 1988 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Noëlle Boisson Best Editing 1989 Nominee

Cast

Bart the Bear
as Kaar
Tchéky Karyo
as Tom
Jack Wallace
as Bill
André Lacombe
as Dog Handler

Crew

Jean-Jacques Annaud
Director
Claude Berri
Producer
Pierre Grunstein
Producer
Gérard Brach
Screenwriter
Philippe Rousselot
Cinematographer
Philippe Sarde
Composer (Music Score)
Noëlle Boisson
Editor
Toni Ludi
Production Designer
Toni Ludi
Art Director
Antony Greengrow
Art Director
Heidi Ludi
Art Director
George Dietz
Art Director
Pierre Grunstein
Associate Producer
Claude Berri
Executive Producer
Francoise Disle
Costume Designer
Corinne Jorry
Costume Designer
Laurent Quaglio
Sound/Sound Designer
Johann Fickel
Special Effects
Uli Nefzer
Special Effects
Willy Neuner
Special Effects
Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Special Effects
Xavier Castano
First Assistant Director
Bretislav Pojar
Animator
Elisabeth Leustig
Casting
Leonhard Gmuer
Production Manager
Xavier Castano
Second Unit Director
Hans-Jurgen Schmelzle
Makeup
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