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The Bear (1984)

The Bear





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Aimed primarily at American football fans, this dramatized biography of Paul Bryant, a celebrated football coach nicknamed the "Bear," focuses on the man's early career as a player and his later work as a coach in the locker rooms and on the field with his own players -- in Kentucky, Texas, and Alabama. While the Bear's personality is clearly brought forward in Gary Busey's interpretation -- he is alternately caring and verbally abusive, depending on the situation at hand -- the people who must have meant a lot to him in his life outside of football are underwritten here, and a sense of unfolding drama -- outside of his career and the football field -- is missing.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Kane, Michael Kane
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Gary Busey
as Paul 'Bear' Bryant
Cynthia Leake
as Mary Harmon Bryant
Jon-Erik Hexum
as Pat Trammell
Harry Dean Stanton
as Coach Thomas
Steve Greenstein
as Joe Namath
Carmen Thomas
as Mae Martin Bryant
Cary Guffey
as Grandson Mark
Michael McGrady
as Gene Stallings
Brett Rice
as Don Hutson
Buddy Farmer
as Herman Ball
Owen E. Orr
as Ermal Allen
Eric Hipple
as Tony Eason
Pat Greenstein
as Joe Namath
William Wesley Neigh...
as Billy Neighbors
Owen Orr
as Ermal Allen
Charles Gabrielson
as Steve Meilinger
Muriel Moore
as Miss Vernon
Ivan Green
as Mr. Gallagher
Scott Campbell
as Dennis Goehring
Robert Craighead
as Jack Pardee
Damon Sarafian
as Don Watson
Tod Spangler
as Bobby Keith
Michael Prokopuk
as Bob Lockett
Jeff Tyler
as Dee Powell
Mike Elias
as Lloyd Hale
Terry Beaver
as Walter Kuhen
John J. York
as Manning
Rhett Evers
as Mr. Jackson
Joe Rainer
as Dr. Thomas
Bobby Butler
as Wilbur Jackson
Gordon E. 'Chet' Che...
as Timothy Gallagher
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I've never been all that much of a sports fan but I am a fan of sports movies and definately a fan of Gary Busey. The Bear is an important move that shouldn't be overlooked any longer. I hope that you are able to find a copy and watch Gary's presentation of the life of Coach Bear Bryant.

Allen Beasley

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