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Story

Writer David Mamet created two engrossing and memorable characters, played by Alec Baldwin as the urbane fashion photographer and Anthony Hopkins as a reserved and intellectual billionaire. They find themselves teamed up against a giant Kodiak bear, and their own inner demons, when lost together in the Alaskan wilderness. There is a lot going on in this picture, as the subject matter includes male rivalry, the isolationism of extreme wealth, and, most conspicuously, the survival of the fittest. Mamet's script, which sounds a little too arch in spots, is well served by New Zealand director Lee Tamahori, who knows how to capture beauty and brutality in one frame. Although the themes are enormous in scope, they are well balanced. One rarely overpowers the other, nor does the achingly beautiful scenery overshadow the acting. Even if you do not like the intellectualism of the dialogue, there are some great scenes with the bear. --Rochelle O'Gorman

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Anthony HopkinsCharles Morse
Alec BaldwinRobert Green
Elle MacPhersonMickey Morse
Harold PerrineauStephen
Bart the BearThe Bear
L.Q. JonesStyles
Kathleen WilhoiteGinny
David LindstedtJames
Mark KielyMechanic
Eli GabayJet Pilot
Larry MusserAmphibian Pilot
Brian ArnoldReporter
Bob BoydReporter
Kelsa KinslyReporter
Gordon TootoosisJack Hawk

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Lee Tamahori
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 117 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 26, 1997
    EuropeFeb 27, 1998
    JapanMay 30, 1998
    AustraliaFeb 19, 1998
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMay 11, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 4, 2002
    EuropeFeb 4, 2002
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