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Big Bear (2pc)
Big Bear
Actors: Gordon Tootoosis, Tantoo Cardinal, Lorne Cardinal, Kennetch Charlette, Patrick Bird
Director: Gil Cardinal
Genres: Drama, Television
NR     2000     4hr 0min

By now the revisionist Western chronicling the horrors suffered by the American Indian has become a genre as codified as the old Westerns ever were. And, regrettably, the new genre is just as susceptible to oversimplificat...  more »


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Actors: Gordon Tootoosis, Tantoo Cardinal, Lorne Cardinal, Kennetch Charlette, Patrick Bird
Director: Gil Cardinal
Creators: Georges Dufaux, Gil Cardinal, Claude Palardy, Claudio Luca, Rudy Wiebe
Genres: Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Television
Studio: Bfs Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/25/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1998
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Big Bear
Kenneth Scheffler | Canada | 07/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This three-hour tv mini-series is based on Rudy Wiebe's novel The Last Temptation of Big Bear, which, of course, is based on the real life Cree chief Big Bear, and his struggle of his people to adapt to the inevitable encroachment of Anglo-Europeans onto their traditional lands. Overall, this is a good movie about an important event in Canadian history; it is a movie that Canadians should watch. Unfortunately, the production quality of the movie is typical of Canadian movies, and some of the acting and dialogue is mediocre at best. It is, in my opinion, a three star movie, but I've given it four stars because of the issues that it addresses."
No need for leggings and loincloths
Nico1908 | Florida | 09/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is the only one I've come across so far that is filmed entirely from the Indians' point of view.

The fact that the Natives speak English and the Whites gobbledygook makes it possible for the viewer to relate to them much better than in movies where they speak native languages. Brilliant idea!

I liked that the Indians were using "White" tools and clothes. There are many movies depicting the mid- to late 1800s in which whole tribes are still clad entirely in buckskin, which is not realistic because by that time, Indians had been in contact with Whites for about 300 years.

"Big Bear" proves that you don't need loincloths and leggings to tell a story about Indians. You first and foremost need convincing characters portrayed by good actors. "Big Bear" has those - and more!"