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Grizzly Man (2005)

Timothy Treadwell , Amie Huguenard , Werner Herzog  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Carol Dexter, Val Dexter
  • Directors: Werner Herzog
  • Writers: Werner Herzog
  • Producers: Alana Berry, Andrea Meditch, Billy Campbell, Erik Nelson, Jewel Palovak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (526 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BMY2NS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Grizzly Man" on IMDb

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  • "In the Edges: The Grizzly Man Session," a 50-minute documentary on the making of the film's music

Editorial Reviews

In this mesmerizing new film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers.

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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Chocolate is a Carnivore February 26, 2006
I liked this movie but I have to agree with all the reviews (who rate it both good and bad) that say Timothy Treadwell is emotionally and mentally ill. It's true: the most amazing thing about his story was that he wasn't killed and eaten any sooner.

I sympathize with the family and friends for their loss, but I can't gloss over what a crazy, grandstanding and ultimately suicidal "mission" this was. He wasn't exactly Diane Fossey, who literally fought poachers off the mountain gorillas in Rwanda--these bears were in a state park.

Absolutely NOTHING in science or life tells Treadway or anyone else that it's safe to live with bears. He ventures into the wild and lives in a constant state of delusion, even as the bears kill and eat each other, his cute little foxes, the adorable little cubs. As Herzog points out, there's nothing to support Treadway's fantasy world of harmony in the bloody Alaskan wilderness.

GRIZZLY MAN is a fascinating story but I have to agree with the reviews which compare the interviews with BEST IN SHOW or A MIGHTY WIND.

(If you were fascinated by this story, check out the book INTO THE WILD, about another young man who disappeared and died in the Alaskan bush in an attempt to live off the land. GORILLAS IN THE MIST is both a book and a movie about Diane Fossey, another controversial person who fought on behalf of endangered animals).
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought-provoking February 22, 2006
Before I saw Werner Herzog's documentary, I couldn't understand why the commentary on Timothy Treadwell's grizzly bear project was so negative. After all, he put himself in danger to protect and photograph these creatures whom he obviously loved to obsession. Others will certainly have different reactions, but the film certainly changed my mind about Treadwell. Unfortunately, he comes across, at least as I saw him, as immature, paranoid, self-centered (his girlfriend Amie hardly even figures in his many hours of filming), somewhat psychotic and lacking even the basics of any scientific standards for research. As the movie progresses, skillful editing brings out what I believe to be Herzog's justifiably critical attitude. Treadwell's rants against the Park Service, non-existent poachers (the grizzlys actually have to be "trimmed" down each year), a large "enemies" list, and worst of all, at least aesthically, his romantic sentimentalization of the bears, and giving them cutsey names, reveals an advanced case of severe anthropomorphism. Herzog lets Treadwell indict himself on all these counts, which he does only too well. The project ended in two tragic human deaths, as well as two bears who also had to be shot. However, the film is not structured as simply an indictment of Treadwell, as vestiges of Herzog's admiration for the man do come through now and again. I think the merits of the film rest largely on this openness and reluctance to simply condemn Treadwell, as well as the well-justified reluctance of Herzog to sensationalize the story (for instance by not playing the tape recording of the mauling of Treadwell and his girlfriend). The film can lead reasonable people to many different interpretations of Treadwell's behavior, some very different than mine, and I think this nuanced ambiguity and refusal to make snap judgments is at the heart of why I think this is a very important film.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
I must admit that my first reaction to this film was not immediately positive; Herzog's presence seemed overbearing and intrusive, and Treadwell himself was a figure so tragic as to be somewhat alienating. And yet I found that, days later, I found I was still thinking about it, still mesmerized by the questions it raised. How truly unsympathetic was Treadwell? Should I be somewhat jealous of him, for all the joy and depth of experience he found in his work? I have, as few have, found little in life so enriching and gratifying as what Treadwell appeared to find in the wilderness; are thirteen summers of that worth an early, terrible end?

So I saw the film again; I recommend that others do the same, if they find themselves at all intrigued after the first viewing. And then I saw the film again, and again. What I found with time -- as I let it develop into an obsession -- was an incredibly complex artwork, capable of provoking rich and sometimes startling meanings.

At its core, I now understand Grizzly Man to be a document of the desperate search for kinship in an alienating world; an insight into what happens when, failing to find an object which fulfills our desires, we resort to projecting our desires onto whatever might hold them. For as Treadwell imagines the bears to be his companions, so too does Herzog attempt to imagine Treadwell as a filmmaker of his own lineage, a comrade in the struggle to capture beauty in a wild and unforgiving universe. Intentionally or not, Herzog's intrusion into this documentary comes to parallel Treadwell's own intrusion into the bears' wild habitat; and we come to realize that the strange and austere beauty he finds in Treadwell's footage is more Herzog's invention than it is a product of the man who captured the images.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Longest Suicide Video March 21, 2006
Herzog is amazing and when he decides to do something real by pulling off another documentary, like his award winning 'My Best Fiend', you just know it is going to be something worth seeing. Here Herzog edits from over 100 hours of video footage the story of Timothy Treadwell's risky, and ultimately deadly, self-sponsored grizzly bear research in the wilderness of the Alaska Peninsula. It must be seen to be believed, could be one of the best films of 2005/2006, and certainly raises a hair or two, including the final moments where the ecentric Treadmill probably filmed himself with his murderer. Just watch this and be amazed at the stunning one on one bear footage never seen in the wild this way before, coupled with the local coroner describing how Timothy recorded himself on camera, telling his girlfriend to run away while screaming as the bear tore his skull open. Shockingly profound and at times seriously touching, this is wholly original and confusingly stunning. You have never seen anything like it before, nor will you again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tragic light is shown on a heart of darkness ...
I can't say that I loved this film BUT not because it was poorly made. In the world of film making this is an exquisite example of using kid gloves to document Timothy Treadwell's... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by binky mcgee
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Hard to explain how fascinating this movie is.

Not nuts about the way the director inserts himself into the movie. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Just Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but misleading.
On the one hand, the film footage is remarkable and astonishing. Lots of shots that could have never been done any other way. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Desperado
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good movie, but the guy is retarded.
Published 11 days ago by Doug
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great story about a man and sometimes with a woman spent 13 summers in Alaska tracing grizzly bears with no backing or support from anyone . Read more
Published 16 days ago by paul k powell
5.0 out of 5 stars into the wild again -- a compelling documentary
Five stars says "I love it," but this isn't the kind of movie one loves -- any more than one might say, "I just loved that King Lear! Read more
Published 18 days ago by Stanley Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, sad, strange, crazy
Crusader of the grizzlies, man on a suicide mission, whatever he was, the story of Timothy Treadwell is an interesting one. I enjoyed it.
Published 29 days ago by Tim Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars 2 stars..but barely
Pure Lunacy!!! It's like a train wreck, hard to turn away. I didn't understand how Treadwell claimed to be protecting the bears when he was on Federal land where hunting is... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Harold Fausak
5.0 out of 5 stars bear poop.
The strength of this movie is Herzog's very respectful but hard look at its subject, Timothy Treadwell. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark C. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary, alright service
Had to watch this for a class assignment. It was a good documentary interesting to say the least! Kinda made me mad that I had to pay for it 3 times for it to finally go through... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gabi Fee
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treadwell was a psychotic nut
His girlfriend had her own brain and no one forced her to go there with Treadwell. She knew perfectly well where she was going. I am amazed how people keep laying her death on Treadwell (whom I consider a very misguided nutcase, of course). I mean, if your boyfriend decided to go hang out with... Read More
Oct 1, 2007 by Ellie |  See all 7 posts
ONE STAR? Are you stupid?
Yes, we read that. Got it.
May 18, 2011 by Kubricker |  See all 8 posts
music from "Grizzly Man"
That's probably because it's actually by Don Edwards. The song is "Coyotes" though. I found it on iTunes. Hope that helps.
Nov 21, 2007 by D. Arnold |  See all 2 posts
yes, this IS a five star movie!
Jan 9, 2009 by Amazon Customer |  See all 8 posts
A detailed report on the Attack (they were dumber than you think).
Thank you for the link--excellent discussion by what seems to be a decent bear-loving guy doing his best to tease out what happened. What has niggled at me about both Treadwell and McCandless is a mystery behind why they both seemed off-kilter. Why did McCandless renounce so much, take being... Read More
Aug 30, 2009 by monica |  See all 5 posts
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