The Bear (1989)




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Movie Info

Acclaimed account of an orphaned grizzly cub and a wounded Kodiak bear that join forces in their struggle for survival in 1885 Canada.

Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: James Oliver Curwood, Gérard Brach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 7, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for The Bear

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | July 24, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 25, 1989
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | July 24, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

In theme, Annaud's tale may recall the good Disney features, but its superlative (Oscar-nominated editing) production values and mature approach make it suitable fare for children and adults.

Full Review… | March 26, 2012

Live-action animal saga is incredible, and a bit scary.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Bear


"The Bear" is the only movie I've ever seen of its kind. It's the story of a little orphaned bear and a wounded Kodiak bear who become friends and try to elude a couple of bear hunters. Along the way, the bears' friendship will grow stronger and they will face dangers other than from the hunters, such as a mountain lion, dogs, and swift waters.
"The Bear" is a great movie to watch, especially one to watch with the family. The bears are real bears, so they don't talk where you can understand them, but you can understand them perfectly by their actions and gestures. It's an exciting adventure with the bears. The movie has great photography with all the closeups and the footage of the animals. It also has great scenery because the movie was filmed in the Alps.

If you like animals, I recommend getting "The Bear." It'll be a movie that you will never forget and that you will want to watch again and again for many years to come. There needs to be more movies like "The Bear." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. This is no longer the only movie of its type I've seen, well maybe it still is. Started to say "March of the Penguins" is reminiscent of it but not really - great stuff here!

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


Nice scenery. An orphaned baby bear hangs out with an older daddy bear. There are humans observing this, with a stern warning from the older bear when they get too close. Not much dialogue. Lots of bear behaviour is captured nicely.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Great production, which really cares about animals as the movie portrays them in a light that only an animal lover would. I should know because I love animals, the score is perfect and the closing scene is nothing but heart warming and fulfilling. All people who like animals have to see it.

Constanza Boutter

Super Reviewer

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