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Bears & I (Ws)
Bears I
Actors: Patrick Wayne, Chief Dan George, Andrew Duggan, Michael Ansara, Robert Pine
Director: Bernard McEveety
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
G     1999     1hr 29min


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Actors: Patrick Wayne, Chief Dan George, Andrew Duggan, Michael Ansara, Robert Pine
Director: Bernard McEveety
Creators: Ted D. Landon, G. Gregg McLaughlin, Winston Hibler, Jack Speirs, John Whedon, Robert Franklin Leslie
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Family Films
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 09/14/1999
Original Release Date: 07/31/1974
Theatrical Release Date: 07/31/1974
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Based on a true story...
M. Faries | San Jose, CA United States | 06/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remember reading the paperback by Robert Franklin Leslie before seeing this film -- and the film did live up to the book. (It's a true story, by the way!) Actor Patrick Wayne, son of the late John Wayne, does a superb job in the lead role. The story centers on a man, prospecting for gold in Canadian north woods in the 1960s, who adopted three orphaned bear cubs and prepared them for the perils of living free. It's similar to "Born Free" in some regards. Very recommended."
"The Bears & I"
Joe Keenan | South Dakota | 01/13/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This mid-70's Disney film is a mild (as Leonard Maltin calls it)but competent family film. Starring Patrick Wayne, son of John Wayne (and notice Patrick's walk!), as a Vietnam veteran going to see the father of a fellow soldier killed in action. Chief Dan George protrays the late soldier's father. Also stars Michael Ansara in another ethnic role, Robert Pine of CHIPS, and solid character actor Andrew Dunagan. Wayne's character protects three orphaned cubs. This action causes friction with the local Indian tribe who view the bear as their brother. Further trouble is caused when the US government decides to build a National Park on the property that the Indians are settled on. Maltin describes the film as Wayne trying to settle the problems between the Indians and the "white bigots", but there is NO scene or language of bigotry in the film. It is a matter of property rights and the rights of indigenous people. The film is predictable as it is a Disney film, but it is very enjoyable. Wayne narrates the story in the first person. The scenery is breathtaking. The interplay of the bears is charming. The lessons learned at the end of the film are valuable. Fun fare for the family.A side note: John Denver wrote and sung the title song "Sweet Surrender" for the film."
The Bears and I
Bradley S. Hennigh | Osawatomie, Kansas United States | 01/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The movie The Bears and I was very good. The beginning of the the movie was absolutely breathtaking. The song fits very well with the movie. The song "Sweet Surrender" written by the late John Denver was written for the movie because of the ecological scenery. Throughout the movie the scenery was really truly God's country in British Columbia Canada. I think that Patrick Wanye, Chief Dan George and Robert Pine were very good actors in the movie. The movie is very much a family entertainment. I very highly recommend this movie."
Touching Lessons For All
Monty Moonlight | TX | 06/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Just out of the military, a young vet travels to the wilderness to meet with a Native American Chief to inform him about his son's death, but also to reflect amongst nature and find a new life-direction for himself. Living in a rented lakeside cabin, the young man, Bob Leslie (played by Patrick Wayne), discovers three small bear cubs orphaned by a local hunter. He decides to take them in as his family until they are old enough to live on their own. This does not sit well with the local tribe which believes their brother the bear should be left to the Great Spirit's will. But the tribe has troubles of their own, as the government has plans for their land to become a national park and wants to relocate them all to a reservation at another lake location. Bob unintentionally gets caught up in the dispute that rapidly threatens the relationships he's tried to form and the bears he wishes to protect.

If you're a fan of the oldschool Disney animal films, "The Bears and I", based on a true autobiographical book, should be quite enjoyable to you as one of their later films with that theme (1974). However, "The Bears and I" is as much about the struggle between the "Indian" tribe and the National Parks people as it is about three orphaned bear cubs frolicking and causing mischief. In fact, maybe more. I've read some disputes over the way Native Americans are represented in the film in contrast to the way the "white man" is represented. Let me just say that neither is depicted in a positive nor a negative light. The main character, Bob, is a bit naive, but he and his new Native American friend, Oliver Red Fern, are the two kind and level headed characters of the film, and the two battling sides are simply presented as stubborn and unwilling to negotiate. Luckily, this is a classic Disney film, and things work out well in the end in quite a clever and satisfying way. There are some clichés and the phrase "you people" is used a lot by the lead, so expect any "Tropic Thunder" fans to be noisy if they watch this movie, but over all, this is a beautiful film with breathtaking imagery, music from John Denver (well, one song used more than once), and some fine lessons about trust, friendship, love, life, and working together. The only DVD of this Disney release so far is the out-of-print Anchor Bay release. So glad I bought it years ago when I first bought a DVD player. Wish I'd bought more of those Anchor Bay Disney DVDs back then. One side of the disc is widescreen and the other is fullscreen, but there are no bonus features. I must admit, this has been on my shelf unwatched since I bought it, but I watched it today, and it was a delightful surprise!"