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Grizzly (1976)

Christopher George , Andrew Prine , William Girdler  |  PG |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Christopher George, Andrew Prine, Richard Jaeckel, Joan McCall, Joe Dorsey
  • Directors: William Girdler
  • Writers: Andrew Prine, Harvey Flaxman, David Sheldon
  • Producers: Harvey Flaxman, David Sheldon, Edward L. Montoro, Lee Jones
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: April 11, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CSTKDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,342 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grizzly" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by actress Joan McCall and producer David Sheldon
  • Archival 1976 promotional featurette
  • "Jaws With Claws" featurette
  • "Reflections of Grizzly" - 2005 screening of the film
  • Still and poster gallery
  • Radio spots
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

An eighteen foot, two thousand pound Grizzly bear terrorizes campers and hikers at a state park. This frustrates the head Park Ranger (Christopher George) and decides to hunt it down. His efforts however were thwarted by the Park Supervisor (Joe Dorsey) and many drunk hunters into the areas. After the bear kills another campers, two rangers, a hunter and a little boy and his mother, The ranger employs his friend, a Naturalist (Richard Jaeckel) to find the bear and tranquilize it. But he gets killed. Finally with the help of a Helicopter Pilot (Andrew Prine)the ranger goes in pursuit to finally kill it with any means necessary with rifles and a rocket launcher. It is to the end when they realize the bear is much stronger than they imagined.

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Beef? December 10, 2001
Format:DVD
I remember when I first saw "Grizzly" at the movie theater during the mid-1970s. I must be truthful. At the time, filled with a child's energy undoubtedly spawned by too much candy and coke, I thought it was a terrifically exciting action flick. I loved the thundering musical score by Robert O'Ragland, the dizzying camera angles during the helicopter sequences and the likeable camaraderie between leads Christopher George, Richard Jaeckel and Andrew Prine.
When watching the film again as an adult, I was pleasantly surprised that many of my fond memories still held up. Granted, "Grizzly" is strictly a B-Movie imitation of the far superior "Jaws," complete with an inexperienced law enforcement official, an eccentric zoological expert, a salt-of-the-earth guide and a corrupt supervisor/executive. But there is a surprising energy to the proceedings as these hunters slowly close in on a prehistoric 18-foot grizzly dining on unsuspecting (and for the most part female) campers.
The picturesque scenery (filmed at a state park in Georgia) adds to the energetic proceedings, camouflaging the film's conservative budget. But not even the tallest of pine trees can cover up a painfully awkward supporting cast (many of whom are the title character's appetizers), backyard special effects (a man in a bear suit) and the prolonged, violent deaths of two important cast members.
Granted, "Jaws" was an extremely violent film, but the violence was always stylish. The corpses which begin popping up (and falling down) in "Grizzly," look as if they've been bathing in buckets of discount Karo syrup.
What I like about "Grizzly" is the tremendously exciting final battle between the bear and the surviving members of the hunting party.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I remember watching GRIZZLY on television many years ago. I didn't watch much of it but a few scenes stuck out, such as the aerial photography of the forest and the climax. But after watching the DVD last night, I can tell you that GRIZZLY is one of the better JAWS-style, nature-run-amok films. Although the similarities to JAWS stick out like ol' Grizzly's claws, there's plenty going for it to make it stand out on its own, such as the three leading men (Christopher George, Andrew Prine, and Richard Jaeckel), the aforementioned aerial photography, Robert O. Ragland's musical score, and some very intense Grizzly attack sequences, especially the one on little Bobby! If a movie such as this invites comparisons to a bigger and more successful movie, it must have its own unique qualities to really stand out, and GRIZZLY does the job; it was the highest-grossing independent film of 1976 and is still remembered today.

Big up to Shriek Show for another top-of-the-line release of something other labels would not have even given a passing thought to. On this double-disc edition, there's a commentary, a vintage featurette (culled from VHS, no doubt), a screening of the film, new interviews, a trailer, radio spots, and a poster and photo gallery. I also recommend DAY OF THE ANIMALS, another nature-run-amok film from William Girdler, the late director who really knew how to work these kind of films.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About time..... February 13, 2006
Format:DVD
I have always been a fan of this film... in fact, I wrote a couple reviews on the VHS tape before registered here. I first saw it on the VHS from Media, then Ig ot the crappy DVD that lacks a menu or extras, and scene select! Well, I have been petitioning this for years and now my wait is over. I can't wait to see what kind of features this film will get. ANyways, the film is great, with cool gore and scares a plenty. If you like killer animal films, this is for you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! February 15, 2006
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If you enjoy scary movies that are tense and fun, then this one is for you. I first saw it in a movie theater in Goldsboro, North Carolina on it's orignal release in 1976. Right on the heels of "Jaws" the audiences were ready for this type of thriller and although it had it's flaws, overall it is just a campy and fun flick. The extras are great on this edition. Christopher George posed nude in Playgirl magazine just a few years before this release. I have the framed centerfold and enjoy his manly beauty both in the film and the pictorial spread. Chris was a man 'endowed' with many gifts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seems to be Missing Something March 11, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie was offered up as a Jaws clone but the actual story was written long before. Tweaking the movie to fit the Jaws theme seems to have made some unfortunate changes.
First we have a sub plot introduced when we first meet Joan McCall. Her character is a photographer and the daughter of the owner of a fine restaurant. The subplot involves the restaurant being on the verge of bankruptcy but it is dropped right after it is introduced.
Another scene is where a radio announcer's voice is heard issuing warnings about a killer bear and that backpackers are urged to leave the area. During the voice over we see a large group of backpackers running through the trees as if they were listening to the broadcast.
Unlike Jaws, which takes place in Amity, we have a nameless location for this movie. The entrance to the park merely says, "National Park Entrance".
The basis of the story is a little silly, that of a prehistoric grizzly (15 feet tall) getting a taste for people. An 11-foot modern grizzly was filmed for the movie, so there really was no reason to allude to a prehistoric origin. A 15-foot modern grizzly would have been just as scary.
So we have a big grizzly stalking territory not known for grizzlies (great whites have frequented the area where Jaws takes place). The park staff, only a small handful for a few million acres, has to stop the bear while management is worried about bad publicity.
In the end, rifles are apparently useless in stopping the beast so other, more Jaws-like, methods are used.
There is some nice forest footage and some of the tension is well done, but the characters seem to be lacking in emotion. For example, the second victim stumbles on the first just as she is killed. She looks for a few seconds then turns and runs. She makes no sound and exhibits no real terror, horror or even fear. Not very realistic.
This movie could have been done a lot better but it still works at some levels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars grizly
it was ok not what i was to expect it is an older movie there has been better movies out there
Published 12 days ago by LISA
5.0 out of 5 stars What a movie.
I'm just glad I was able to find this movie... I saw it years ago... Every time I heard the word GRIZZLY, it always took be back to when I saw this movie, and I could... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Voegtlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal purchase
I purchased this for myself. It was a movie I had seen a long time ago, but liked. I have enjoyed watching it.
Published 1 month ago by rance chilafoux
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I ordered this for my mom she loves movies with animals in them. She loved it. It was in great condition and arrived when they said it would. Love it.
Published 6 months ago by Clunn
1.0 out of 5 stars Holes in the plot
I saw this movie as a kid and from what I remember there was one question in the story that was never answered or even asked; "How did a grizzly bear get to Georgia, which is more... Read more
Published 6 months ago by sgtpr64
4.0 out of 5 stars Grizzly (1976)
One of the first "animals go on the rampage against humans" films to come out after JAWS. Not bad, but nowhere near the polish and excellence of its predecessor. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Celia DLF
3.0 out of 5 stars The grizzly toll of Kodiak
"Grizzly" is a horror movie from 1976 about a prehistoric monster-bear with a penchant for walking on two legs and an insatiable appetite for human flesh. The film itself is so-so. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ashtar Command
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird Product Picture But Correct DVD
For some reason, Amazon has what looks like Japanese writing as its product photo, so I was worried they might send the wrong DVD. Read more
Published 8 months ago by the Mad Baron
3.0 out of 5 stars Run if you can
I really bought this movie because of the memory of particular scenes from when I was a child seeing this movie for the first time. Nastalgia, man! Read more
Published 9 months ago by consolation
3.0 out of 5 stars Grizzly
I really don't know anything about this order as this video was sent to some one else as a gift.
Published 10 months ago by Charlene Kehler
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