Grizzly Man

2005 R 1h 40m DVD

Grizzly Man

2005 R 1h 40m DVD
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Renowned nonfiction director Werner Herzog chronicles the tragic and untimely death of outdoorsman Timothy Treadwell, who devoted his life to studying grizzly bears living in the Alaskan wilderness -- only to be brutally mauled by one.
Timothy Treadwell, Amie Huguenard, Werner Herzog, Franc G. Fallico, Warren Queeney, Willy Fulton, Sam Egli, Marnie Gaede, Marc Gaede, Larry Van Daele
Werner Herzog
Widescreen 1.85:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is in no way a kids' documentary, even though it features frequent images of grizzly bears and foxes. This smart, provocative film frankly considers the deaths of Treadwell and his girlfriend, attacked by a bear under apparently harrowing conditions. The film includes several images of bears menacing or fighting with one another, as well as some "confessional" moments by Treadwell that might disturb younger viewers (he's very emotional, uses frequent foul language, and behaves in a paranoid manner). Throughout the film, Herzog argues with Treadwell about "nature" -- where Treadwell respects the wildness of "his" bears, he also see them as noble, even friendly creatures; by contrast, Herzog sees them as fierce, brutal creatures.

Sexual Content

Treadwell talks about sex and yearning.


Bears fight, interviewees describe the bodies and deaths of Treadwell and girlfriend, killed by a bear.


Lots of harsh language, used in anger and frustration.

Social Behavior

Treadwell is erratic, passionate, and dedicated to "his" bears.


Scene from Starsky and Hutch, from Treadwell's acting past.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Minor references.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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