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Grey Owl (1999)




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Archibald Belaney was a British man who grew up fascinated with Native American culture -- so much so that in the early 1900s he left the United Kingdom for Canada, where he reinvented himself as Archie Grey Owl and lived in the wild as a North American Indian trapper. He eventually became an environmental activist after renouncing trapping and hunting. Grey Owl is based on Belaney's true story, starring Pierce Brosnan in the title role. In 1934, Archie was living a largely solitary life when he met a young woman named Anahareo (Annie Galipeau), an Ojibway Indian nicknamed Pony. Pony is fascinated by Archie, largely because she wants to know about her people's heritage. Her father, Jim (Graham Greene), is a businessman who wears a suit to work and has little concern for his history; in Archie, Pony sees a link to her past that she can't find in her family. Archie has little use for Pony at first, but in time the two begin to bond, and it's Pony who convinces Archie to give up trapping and work to protect animals. She also encourages Archie to write a book about wilderness life in Canada. The book becomes a huge success and makes Archie something of a celebrity, but with recognition come nagging questions about Archie's true heritage. (In reality, Archie Grey Owl's true idenity did not become public knowledge until after his death.)more
Rating: PG-13 (for some sensuality/nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Nicholson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 15, 2000
Beaver Productions


Pierce Brosnan
as Archibald Belaney/Gr...
Annie Galipeau
as Anahareo/Pony
Nathaniel Arcand
as Ned White Bear
Vlasta Vrana
as Harry Champlin
David Fox
as Jim Wood
Charles Powell
as Walter Perry
Graham Greene (II)
as Jim Bernard
Renée Ashershon
as Carrie Belaney
Matthew Sharp
as Hiker Hawkins
Al Vandercruys
as CDN Immigration Offi...
Stephanie Cole
as Ada Belaney
Renée Asherson
as Carrie Belaney
Stewart Bick
as Cyrus Finney
Jimmy Herman
as Chief Pete Misabi
John Dunn-Hill
as Slim Hancock
Gordon Masten
as Gus Mitchell
Sean Gallagher
as Bill Oliver
James Bradford
as Tom Walker
Noël Burton
as Southhampton Reporte...
Peter Colvey
as Hotel Guest
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Critic Reviews for Grey Owl

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Good intentions equal boredom in this slow, overly reverential portrait.

Full Review… | January 12, 2004

Everyone talks in dead, uncharismatic monotone.

January 1, 2000

June 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for Grey Owl


I really liked this picture because of the two main characters. Grey Owl/Archie Belaney(Pierce Brosnan) and Pony(Annie Galipeau) two souls who happen to have feelings for each other(their attraction is not noticable at first). Plus if you like the historic Canadian landscape, cute furry animals, and cool Native Indian culture check this picture out. "Grey Owl" is a nice movie to sit at the comfort of your home with a mug of hot chocolate in one hand and a warm blanket to cuddle up too. Doesn't hurt if you watch it with your loved one either.

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Brian R

Super Reviewer


Great fun and Brosnan is superb. The scene where he, the Indian impersonator, meets the real Sioux chiefs, is warmly funny. It's one of those rare movie moments that stays with you.

Mark Kissel

Wow to find a movie this bad blows my mind. Not a shrewd of good acting a horrible plot, the worst acting by a supporting actress I've ever seen, she has 5 different accents, Russian Canadian, native American Scottish and Mexican. Beaver that cry like humans the cheesiest lines ever, scenes that drag on and on and have no meaning like the over dramatized scene about him dying his hair, the wardrobe was not from 1930's. One horrible movie.

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