Man in the Wilderness

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"He was left for dead. He would not forget."
  • GP
  • 1971
  • 1 hr 44 min
  • 6.8  (3,301)

Man in the Wilderness is a 1971 epic Western movie directed by Richard C. Sarafian and starring Richard Harris, John Huston, and Henry Wilcoxon. The movie is a fictionalized adaptation of the true story of Hugh Glass, a trapper and explorer who was left for dead after being mauled by a grizzly bear in the 1820s. The story begins with a group of fur trappers and Native American guides on a journey through the harsh wilderness of the American West. The group is led by Captain Henry, played by John Huston, a seasoned leader who is respected by his men but also feared for his ruthlessness.

Richard Harris plays Zachary Bass, a skilled hunter and trapper who is at odds with Captain Henry over his harsh treatment of the Native American guides. Bass is also struggling with personal demons, including guilt over the death of his wife and children.

One day, while scouting ahead of the group, Bass is attacked by a grizzly bear and severely injured. Captain Henry and the other trappers assume he is dead and leave him behind to be buried by the elements. However, Bass miraculously survives and begins a harrowing journey to make it back to civilization.

As he travels alone through the wilderness, Bass must overcome various obstacles, including hunger, thirst, and snowstorms. He also has to fend off attacks from wolves and other predators. Along the way, he has flashbacks to his past and reflects on his failures and regrets.

The movie is a meditation on survival and redemption, as well as an examination of human nature and the relationship between humans and nature. It is a gritty and realistic portrayal of the harshness of life in the wilderness, with Harris giving a powerful performance as a man driven to the brink of his physical and emotional limits.

The cinematography of the movie is also notable, with stunning landscapes and a sense of immersion in the natural world. The film's score, composed by Johnny Harris, is haunting and atmospheric, adding to the overall mood of the movie.

Man in the Wilderness was released to mixed reviews upon its initial release, with some critics praising Harris's performance and the movie's visual style, while others found it slow-paced and overly grim. However, it has since gained a cult following and is now considered a classic of the wilderness survival genre.

Overall, Man in the Wilderness is a gripping and thought-provoking movie that explores the limits of human endurance and the power of the natural world. It is a must-see for fans of Westerns and survival stories, as well as anyone interested in the complexities of the human condition.

Man in the Wilderness is a 1971 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 44 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8.

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    6.8  (3,301)