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A well made "semi-documentary" narration story style with beautiful photography. The story is about a biologist sent to an remote Alaska area to study wolves. There, he meets all kinds of characters and sees what is really going on.
VERY GOOD 1983 Disney film - worked for me, but I can understand how not everyone will get into it. Interesting characters, fine photography, and more...
Completely unrealistic! The silliness started with the airplane and continued on until the biologist was deposited on the ice in an unknown location. At that point I removed the DVD. Ridiculous film.
This is a beautifully shot film. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in Canadian northern wildlife. The film stays true to the novel by emphasizing how much knowledge biologists gained from Aboriginal knowledge that was previously ignored. However, I do recommend the novel it was adapted from in lieu of the film. The biologist is indeed goofy, yet the book is much sillier while still incredibly enlightening.
not great, not good. maybe okay for children under the age of 10? sadist part is the wolf hides hanging from the airplane at the end. Mowat has a fantasy idea of the Arctic.
This is my favourite movie from Disney, as well as my favourite shot-in-B.C. movie. Such a well done adventure film, with beautiful cinematography and haunting music...and a great message as well.
An excellent film in which man and wolf have their most fascinating encounter!
Shot in Northern Canada...starring the very personable Charles Martin Smith, whom would go on to direct another one of Farley Mowat's films, The Snow Walker.
This is a 1983 American film directed by Carroll Ballard, based on Farley Mowat's 1963 autobiography of the same name.
Charles Martin Smith plays Tyler---a government biologist who is sent into the wilderness to study the caribou population, whose decline is believed to be caused by wolves, even though no one has seen a wolf kill a caribou.
Tyler receives a baptism of fire into bush life with a trip by bush plane piloted by an odd, adventurous bush pilot named Rosie (played by Brian Dennehy).
After landing at the destination, Rosie leaves Tyler and his gear in the middle of a subzero Arctic nowhere.
Unsure of where to start, Tyler's indecision quickly imperils him until he's rescued by a travelling Inuit named Ootek (Ittimangnaq), who builds a shelter for him.
In the film, the biologist looks quite goofy.
Indeed, he makes a couple of foolish mistakes, one of which is to drop into the frozen lake.
I don't understand how a goofy-looking man like Tyler could possibly survive the harsh wild life in the Arctic world.
This is a great movie! The scenery is beautiful and the story is wonderfully weird. Not sure if it would still get a PG rating--lots of naked backside time. Definitely worth watching--several times!
This film is based on (but not the same as) the book by the Canadian author Farley Mowat. The book is wonderful (!), but not as confrontationally dramatic. For an much better movie based on a Mowat book,.. I highly recommend seeing "The Snow Walker" !!
One of my all-time favorites.
Somewhere in between The Call of the Wild and a National Geographic documentary with a taste of Apocalypse Now in the III act.