Man in the Wilderness (1971)





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Not a sequel to Richard Harris' A Man Called Horse as is sometime alleged, 1971's Man in the Wilderness nonetheless bears a marked resemblance to that earlier film. Star Harris plays a trapper who joins a Northwest Territory expeditionary group. Left for dead after running afoul of a grizzly bear, Harris struggles to regain his strength and exact vengeance against John Huston, the man who deserted him. Flashbacks reveal who Harris is and how he's come to this. Man in the Wilderness alternates between a blood-spattered retribution tale and a gutsy one-man show for frostbitten Richard Harris.
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Richard Harris
as Zachary Bass
John Huston
as Captain Henry
James Doohan
as Benoit
Ben Carruthers
as Longbow
Henry Wilcoxon
as Indian Chief
Percy Herbert
as Fogarty
John Bindon
as Coulter
Sheila Raynor
as Grace's Mother
Dean Selmier
as Russell
Joaquin Solis del Cerro
as Ambushed Trapper
William Layton
as Schoolmaster
Marta Tuck
as Woman with Trapper
Rudy Althoff
as and Peggy the Bear
Manolo Landau
as Zachary as a child
Tamara Sie
as Indian
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A slow, grim, and ultimately uplifting film with a few decent twists. Nothing to watch again, but it has my respect.

Sean Chick
Sean Chick

I told you. He ain't human. A group of trappers out in the wilderness are lead by an eccentric man named Zachary Bass. He lived a troubled life, out on his own, broke, and living off the land. He married once, but his wife died shortly after giving birth. He left his family life behind, including his daughter, and returned to the wilderness. While leading the trappers, Zach is mauled by a grizzly bear and left for dead, by the bear and the trappers. Zach nurses himself back to health and heads for revenge. "It was god's will." "I never much agreed with god's will." Richard Sarafian, director of Vanishing Point (1971), Gangster Wars, Splendor in the Grass (1981), The Bear, Eye of the Tiger, and Street Justice, delivers Man in the Wilderness. The storyline for this picture is real clever and an interesting character portrayal. The settings are well done but I felt the film was a bit slow. The acting is very good and the cast includes John Huston, Richard Harris, Henry Wilcoxon, Percy Herbert, and James Doohan. "He was about the only man I ever respected...ever feared." I DVR'd this picture because it was tied to one of my favorite Hollywood personalities, John Huston. He was an amazing director and an interesting character films. This film is no different where he played "Captain Henry." I did enjoy aspects of this film, especially the characters, but I felt the pace was a little off and this could have had more action. Also, the guy in the bear suit at the beginning was a bit much. Overall, this is just above average but not a must see. "I'm going home." Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

A masterpiece of 1970s New Hollywood era which is unfortunately too little known and unrecognized as the director Richard Sarafian is. Very powerful images and theme, especially look at the ship climbing up the hills and moving in the wide plain... It's 10-year-ahead of Herzog's Fitzcarraldo and even earlier than Aguirre. Great performances of Richard Harris and John Huston cannot be overlooked!

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