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Grizzly (1976)

Country of Origin: USA
Year of Production: 1976
Running Times: 97 mins
Format: colour Todd-AO 35 35mm
Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital Dolby

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Production Companies: Columbia Pictures Corporation / Film Ventures International / Montoro Productions Ltd
Executive Producer: Edward L. Montoro
Producers: Harvey Flaxman, David Sheldon
Associate Producer: Lee S. Jones Jr
Production Manager: J. Patrick Kelly III

SCRIPT
Script: Harvey Flaxman, David Sheldon, Andrew Prine (Indian story - uncredited)
Novel: Will Collins (uncredited)

DIRECTION
Director: William Girdler
1st Assistant Director: J. Patrick Kelly III
2nd Assistant Directors: Joe Nayfack, John Nemeth

PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography: William L. Asman
2nd Unit Photography: Thomas E. Spalding
1st Assistant Camera: John White
2nd Assistant Camera: Barry Jones
Gaffer: Larry Edwards
Key Grip: Jack Jennings
Lighting Equipment: Cinemobile System Inc
Labs: Movielab

EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION
Editor: Bub Asman
Assistant Editor: Chris Ness

MUSIC
Music: Robert O. Ragland
Song: Robert O. Ragland, Aruther Hamilton (What Makes a Man a Man)
Song Arranged By: Jack Hayes, Robert O. Ragland (What Makes a Man a Man)
Song Orchestrated By: Jack Hayes (What Makes a Man a Man)
Orchestrators: Jack Hayes, Robert O. Ragland
Orchestra: The National Philharmonic Orchestra of London
Music Editor: Ken Johnson

SOUND
Sound Design: Glen Glenn Sound
Location Sound Recording: John Asman
Sound Effects Editor: Fred J. Brown
Re-Recording Mixers: Charles Grenzbach, Jay M. Harding, Don MacDougall, John T. Reitz
Boom Operator: Tom Arcuragi

MAKE UP AND COSTUMES
Make Up: Gene Witham
Costume Supervisor: Kathy Blalock

SPECIAL EFFECTS
Special Effects: Phil Corey
Opticals: CFI, Howard Anderson
Titles: Consolidated Film Industries

DESIGN AND SET CONSTRUCTION
Title Designer: Howard A. Anderson
Property Master: John Falone

MISCELLANEOUS
Script Supervisor: Sally Roddy
Grizzly Bear Trainer: Monty Cox
Technical Co-Ordinator: Mike Clark
Production Office Administrator: Robin Cranes
Administrative Assistant: Joann Montoro
Dialogue Coach: Harvey Flaxman
Aerial Co-Ordinator: Randy York

LOCATIONS
Locations: Clayton, Georgia, USA; Georgia, USA
Location Co-Ordinator: Mike Clifford

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Special Thanks: Frank Rickman

STUNTS
Stunt Co-Ordinator: John Moio (uncredited)
Stunts: George P. Wilbur

CAST
Christopher George (Ranger Michael Kelly)
Andrew Prine (Don)
Richard Jaeckel (Arthur Scott)
Joan McCall (Allison Corwin)
Joe Dorsey (Charley Kittridge)
Charles Kissinger (Dr Hallitt)
Kermit Echols (Walter Corwin)
Tom Arcuragi (Ranger Tom)
Vicki Johnson (Ranger Gail)
Catherine Rickman (June Hamilton)
Mary Ann Hearn (Margaret Rogers)
Harvey Flaxman (reporter)
Mike Clifford (Pat)
David Newton (Mike)
Mike Gerschefski (George)
Susan Orpin (Ada Roddy)
David Holt (lone hunter)
Brian Robinson (Robert "Bobby" Roddy)
Sandra Dorsey (Sally Walker)
Gene Witham (Harry Walker)
Susan Backlinie (victim - uncredited)
Will Collins (uncredited cameo)
Amos Gillespie (Ranger - uncredited)
Lee S. Jones Jr (man being interviewed - uncredited)

SUMMARY

An eighteen foot tall killer Grizzly bear goes on the rampage in a North American National Park, attacking campers and hikers. Head Ranger Michael Kelly wants to hunt the creature down but is blocked by the beaurocratic Park Supervisor. Eventually, as the bear continues is slaughter, Kelly decides to ignore orders and hires a naturalist to track and sedate the bear. But when the naturalist is killed, Kelly decides enough is enough and finally sets out to kill the beast.

AVAILABILITY

UK
Video Distributor: RCA-Columbia Pictures Video Ltd

USA
Theatrical Distributor: Film Ventures International
Video Distributor: Media Home Entertainment
DVD Distributor: Liberty Home Entertainment; Digital Versatile Disc (DVD149)

CENSORSHIP HISTORY

Australia
Rating: M

Finland
Rating: K-16

Netherlands
Rating: 16

Norway
Rating: 18

Sweden
Rating: 15

UK
Rating: 15

USA
Rating: PG; re-rated R

TIMELINE

1976
May
5: UK - rated A by the BBFC (with cuts - for theatrical release)

June
24: Netherlands - theatrical release

July
16: Sweden - theatrical release

September
3: Finland - theatrical release

1986
January

31: UK - rated 15 by the BBFC (for video release)

1999
February

2: USA - DVD release (Digital Versatile Disc (DVD149))

POSTER TAGS

The most dangerous Jaws on land!

Eighteen feet of gut-crunching, man-eating terror!

ALTERNATIVE TITLES

Killer Grizzly - US TV title

LINKS

SEQUEL
Grizzly II: The Predator (1987)

SEE ALSO
Claws (1977)
Day of the Animals (1977)
Snowbeast (1977)
Tentacoli (1977)

REFERENCES

BOOKS

Horror and Science Fiction Films II p.161
credits

Son of Golden Turkeys p.84
credits, review

KEYWORDS

revenge of nature; bears; grizzly bears; guns; helicopters; hunters; camping; national parks; rangers; forests; towers

 


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