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Grizzly (1976)

Christopher George , Andrew Prine , William Girdler  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CSTKDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,298 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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40 of 45 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars " One Ticked-Off Grizzly" !!! March 29, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Some monsters in movies are nothing more than mythical beings or not real at all. But this one was a real being even though the height and weight of this one was a bit imaginative (15 feet tall and over 2000 lbs.) Grizzlies have been known to attack people. This movie made you not want to go hiking and/or camping in the woods. Just like "Jaws" made you not want to go in the water. The killings were graphic like the first woman's arm lying on the ground after it was ripped off her body and the other woman who was being slung back and forth by the grizzly til she fell to the ground and the horse's head being torn off. Just like something a grizzly would do. The only part I don't like is were the grizzly attacks that little boy. One part I could not understand is toward the end when ranger Kelly's friend Don shoots the grizzly twiced and the thing is still coming toward him. Why did he stand there and hold the rifle up like a baseball bat? Did he think he was just going to knock him out with one blow? I know if I shot at a grizzly that supposedly was fifteen feet tall and weighed over 2000 lbs. and the thing kept coming toward me, I'm damn sure not going to stand there and hold a rifle like a ball bat and expect to knock him into left field. I'm going to get the heck out. The orchestra music and the over head shots of the forest and montains from the helicopter at the beginning was excellent.
A great 70's movie!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a great movie.
I remember seeing this movie as a kid with my mother.Its a great movie...
Published 2 days ago by Bryan Beal
5.0 out of 5 stars a great blast back to the past
a great blast back to the past,killer grizzly bear ,compares to Jaws but on land, its dated but a lot of fun if you enjoy this era of movies
Published 6 days ago by JETS69
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old movie and delivered on time
Published 7 days ago by Jerry Lochner
5.0 out of 5 stars It's JAWS on land!
This is the film that was made on the heels of JAWS, where a very tall Grizzly bear makes meals out of campers in a national park. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Fred Adelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Old movie but really good...arrived in great condition
Published 1 month ago by marinesand
4.0 out of 5 stars Scorpion Releasing has not done a good job with this new version....
The movie is awesome, but this DVD does no justice to this wonderful widescreen movie. No one seems to be able to get the colors bright and vibrant (don't tell me its the Todd-AO... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Monty Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Grizzly
Love this movie, had looked for it off and on for years. Was so excited to get this movie, I watched it as soon as I received it.
Published 4 months ago by Marilyn J Keith
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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago by rance chilafoux
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