Grey Owl

Watch Grey Owl

"A dream to save the wilderness. A secret that shocked the world."
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 57 min
  • 6.0  (4,012)

Grey Owl is a 1999 biographical drama film directed by Richard Attenborough, based on the real-life story of Archibald Belaney, a man of English descent who reinvented himself as Grey Owl, a First Nations conservationist in Canada. Starring Pierce Brosnan as Grey Owl, the film explores Belaney's early life in Britain, his fascination with First Nations culture, and his eventual transformation into a committed environmental activist.

At the outset of the film, Belaney is living a drab and unsatisfying life as a factory worker in England. Drawn by his love of nature and his desire for adventure, he travels to Canada in the early 1900s, where he is immediately captivated by the vast wilderness and the spirituality of the indigenous people he encounters. Renaming himself Grey Owl, he begins to immerse himself in the First Nations culture, living off the land and learning to respect the natural world.

As Grey Owl becomes more deeply involved in the First Nations community, he forms a romantic relationship with Anahareo (played by the talented actress, Annie Galipeau), a Mohawk woman who shares his passion for conservation. Together, they embark on a campaign to educate people about the need to preserve Canada's forests and wildlife, facing opposition from some who see them as radicals and traitors to their own culture.

Throughout the film, Attenborough makes use of breathtaking cinematography to showcase the beauty of the Canadian wilderness, from sweeping vistas of pristine forests to intense close-ups of animals in their natural habitats. The film also features a number of memorable performances, with Brosnan delivering a nuanced portrayal of Belaney/Grey Owl as a complex and conflicted character driven by both idealism and a sense of alienation from his own roots.

Despite its focus on environmentalism, Grey Owl avoids preachiness, instead emphasizing the importance of finding a balance between human development and nature conservation. The film also highlights the struggles of indigenous people in Canada during this era, depicting their marginalization and exploitation by the dominant culture.

Overall, Grey Owl is a poignant, thought-provoking film that offers insight into one man's quest to find meaning and purpose in his life, while also promoting a message of environmental responsibility and cultural awareness. With powerful performances, stunning visuals, and a stirring score by the legendary George Fenton, this film is a must-see for anyone interested in the intersection of nature, culture, and social justice.

Grey Owl is a 1999 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 57 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

Grey Owl
Where to Watch Grey Owl
Grey Owl is available to watch free on Plex, The Roku Channel Free, Pluto TV, Tubi TV, Kanopy and YouTube. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Grey Owl for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
  • Release Date
  • MPAA Rating
  • Runtime
    1 hr 57 min
  • Language
  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (4,012)