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Man in the Wilderness (1971)

Left for dead after a bear attack, a fur-trapper recuperates and pursues his former companions through dangerous Indian territory.

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Jack DeWitt (as Jack De Witt)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... Zachary Bass
John Huston ... Captain Henry
Henry Wilcoxon ... Indian Chief
Percy Herbert ... Fogarty
Dennis Waterman ... Lowrie
Prunella Ransome ... Grace
Sheila Raynor ... Grace's Mother
Norman Rossington ... Ferris
James Doohan ... Benoit
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Potts
Ben Carruthers ... Longbow
Robert Russell ... Smith
John Bindon ... Coulter
Bruce M. Fischer ... Wiser
Dean Selmier Dean Selmier ... Russell
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In the early 1800's, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilisation and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he's a goner and leave him behind to die. When he recovers instead, he swears revenge on them and tracks them and their paranoiac expedition leader down. Written by Alfred Jingle

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They just couldn't find the time to bury him. They should have. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1971 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Mann in der Wildnis See more »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The wolves in the movie are actually trained German Shepherds made up to look like wild wolves. See more »

Goofs

There's a scene where Muscovy ducks are shown in a lake. However, this film takes place in North and South Dakota in the United States. Muscovy ducks are native to Mexico, Central and South America. See more »

Quotes

Fogarty: There's Injuns and there's Injuns; but, them Wood Crees, oh, they're mean.
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Referenced in All in the Sex Family (1973) See more »

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Excellent true saga of almost an almost unbelievable event
25 February 2002 | by smokehill retrieversSee all my reviews

Gritty, bloody saga of a man, left for dead by fellow trappers after being ripped to shreds by a bear, who drags himself through the winter wilderness to get his revenge on those who left him behind.

A true story, though if you want to look it up on the Internet, the mountain man's real name was Hugh Glass (not "Zachary Bass"). He managed (with no equipment or weapons) to get 200-300 miles to Fort Kiowa, and actually took no revenge on either of the two men who left him to die. One, interestingly enough, was a youth -- later very famous -- named Jim Bridger.

The movie leaves out a few details, such as his rolling in rotting logs so that maggots would clean out the infected wounds, since the real story defies belief, but Richard Harris does a superlative job in bringing this amazing character to life. Huston does his usual great job as the loony expedition leader, of course. I've seen this three times and still enjoy it. It leaves you with a rather unpleasant feeling that we modern men are a pretty sorry bunch of pussies by comparison


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