The Bear (1988 film)

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The Bear is a 1988 American-French film adapted from the novel The Grizzly King (1916) by American author James Oliver Curwood. The film tells the story of a young orphaned female grizzly bear cub who flees from home upon the death of her mother in British Columbia, Canada. Upon finding herself all alone and stranded on Kodiak Island, she soon encounters and befriends an adult male Kodiak bear as two trophy hunters pursue them through the wild.

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Produced by Claude Berri. Written by Gérard Brach and James Oliver Curwood (novel).
He's an orphan... at the start of a journey. A journey to survive.


  • [first lines; examining bear tracks] That's a huge male; bet he's more'n fifteen hundred pounds.
  • You see, I don't like to ask folks questions; everyone has a secret side. By God, that's the way it should be.


  • [speaks to bear cub] I... Tom.
  • [last lines; shooing the bear cub away] Good luck, little fella.


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