Man in the Wilderness Reviews
If only Dennis Waterman could have an American accent and Richard Harris sound like someone not from Limerick!
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."
Though filmed in Andalusia, Spain the film is loosely based on the 1818-1820 Missouri Expedition. The locales are beautifully used, from close up, intimate shots of woodlands to more panoramic mountain vistas. Bass's recovery is slow and ongoing through the film adding an air of realism not seen in many pictures and the violence is both brutal and realistic, with excellent use of close ups in certain shots.
Not quite a classic but if you give Man in the Wilderness the time you will not be disappointed.