Grey Owl 2000 PG-13 CC

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The true story of a 1930s frontier trapper who adopted the ways of the wild. Archie Grey Owl led his people in victory and had the strength to become their voice to the world.

Starring:
Pierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick
Runtime:
1 hour, 58 minutes

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Genres Drama, Western
Director Richard Attenborough
Starring Pierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick
Supporting actors Vlasta Vrana, Annie Galipeau, Neil Kroetsch, Serge Houde, Peter Colvey, Nathaniel Arcand, Jacques Lussier, Lee-Roy Jacobs, Jimmy Herman, John Dunn-Hill, Graham Greene, Gordon Masten, Chip Chuipka, John Walsh, David Fox, Annabelle Torsein, Marcel Jeannin, Kent McQuaid
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2001
Format: DVD
This is a film that ended up being shown on airplane flights and rented out in video stores. Sad, because though it might not have been noticed in cinemas, Grey Owl is a well-made, well-told interesting story that is acted to perfection by Pierce Brosnan. This is one of those smaller films that really stays with you.
Grey Owl is based on an real-life story of a native guide in the Canadian wilderness. An early conservationist, he struggled to get the public's attention to the loss of many of Canada's wild animals such as the beaver. But Grey Owl had a secret that, when discovered, threatens to derail his crusade to save the native Canadians and the wilderness.
This movie is about all that and much more. Grey Owl is fascinating, complex person, and Brosnan's acting brings him to life incredibly well. Don't miss it.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Renner on May 24, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I rented this video on a whim; I'd never heard of Grey Owl and had more than a little difficulty picturing Pierce Brosnan as a believable Indian. I was transfixed by the story of Grey Owl, and pleasantly surprised by Brosnan's excellent portrayal of this complicated but important figure in conservation. It's a movie I've since purchased, and one I enjoy every time I watch it. Having done a fair amount of reading of Grey Owl's works after my first viewing, I've learned this is a moderately accurate portrayal of a complicated figure. It doesn't reveal all of his warts, but the focus of this film is rightly not just Grey Owl as a person, but his conversion and ultimate contribution to conservation. The public has a tendency to view heroes (or anyone) in black and white terms, and is notoriously uni-dimensional in their views of such people. Grey Owl (ironically, given his name) suffered that same fate. It's a story well worth watching and watching again. The cinematography alone is a treat for the eyes.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kris Carlson on March 12, 2006
Format: DVD
I must admit that when I first saw this DVD jacket at a video store I scoffed at it. Pierce Brosnan play an Native American? Yeah, right. Last night I was just about to go to bed and this movie came on. I said to myself, I've got to see this. As I watched I became intrigued by the subtle hint that something was amiss about the Grey Owl character. It was very late at night, but I was not sleepy because this movie is incredible.

This is a moving story based on the actual life of Archibald Stansfeld Belaney. It is very well acted, written and directed. If you know nothing about the life of Archie Grey Owl, you will be amazed. There are some scenes in this movie that are very touching and powerful. For example, when Pony falls through the ice and Grey Owl rescues her. Also, when Grey Owl tells Pony his secret, her reaction is heart warming and powerful. To reveal too much about the story line is to spoil the film for someone unfamiliar with the life of a very interesting man.

I watch a lot of movies and this one is really very good; and certainly worth the $8.99 asking price, in my opinion. As for the DVD, I do not have it. Based on the other reviews, there are 2 10 minute inteviews with the real Grey Owl; and to me, this is enough to purchase the DVD.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steven Hellerstedt on September 11, 2004
Format: DVD
Pierce Brosnan is very good in the title role, and newcomer Annie Galipeau is delightful as his young wife.

The film makers squeeze every ounce of drama out of Grey Owl's life. The dvd comes with a clutch of short interviews with cast and crew, a short "On Location With" video and, most delightfully, two 10-minutes films featuring the real Grey Owl, made in the 1930s.

A pleasant enough film with some moving scenes between Galipeau and Brosnan, although non-environmentalists may ask what all the fuss is about..
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By steven jongeward on March 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Pure poetry in motion is Richard Attenborough's GREY OWL, a beatifully acted and filmed true account story. Although some may consider Pierce Brosnan an aquired taste, here he taps into the talent he displayed years ago in an early John McTiernan film - NOMADS. Not only does Brosnan rely on the 'less is more' fundamentals - he also seems to color the character of Archie Grey Owl(a man with a past) with a pathos seldom seen by todays top box office male stars. As for Attenborough's direction - it to is careful, deliberate and completely poetic. As he did in CHAPLIN, Attenborough incorporates vintage footage into the story to create a perfect 'true story' feel. The Canadian backdrop is filmed with a glorious reverence. Nothing is pompous or 'lugubrious' about this film, as another reviewer stated. Instead, the thrust of this picture is one of heartfelt grandure -- told with a very delicate hand with extremely convincing performances all around. Sure there is a subplot - but it takes the viewer on a journey with the character and provides ample emotion and tension. Annie Galipeau plays a young modern native Canadian, who sees in Archie a chance to connect to ancient roots and feelings. She brings to her character a sense of passion for things only known as legend and provides a soothing metaphor for Brosnans hiddeness and angst. A scene involving Grey Owl and the elders of several Indian Nations hits with such force it invokes emotion not seen much in todays multi-plex market. Although this film seems to have gone straight to the shelves -- it seems far more worthy of a big screen outing than so many other lesser and far more cliched efforts.
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