DirectorRichard Attenborough Music directorGeorge Fenton Duration CountryUnited Kingdom
WriterWilliam Nicholson (screenplay) Release dateFebruary 15, 2000 (U.S.) CastPierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick, Vlasta Vrána, Annie Galipeau Similar moviesRelated Richard Attenborough movies
TaglineHe Fought To Change The World
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Grey Owl is a 1999 biopic directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Pierce Brosnan in the role of real life British schoolboy turned Indian trapper "Grey Owl," Archibald Belaney (1888–1938), and Annie Galipeau as his wife Anahareo, with brief appearances by Graham Greene and others. The screenplay was written by William Nicholson. This film was released September 10, 1999.
Archibald Belaney (Brosnan) was a British man who grew up fascinated with Native American culture—so much so that in the early 1900s he left the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland for Canada, where he reinvented himself as Archie Grey Owl and lived in the wild as a North American Indian trapper. Eventually, Belaney becomes an environmentalist after renouncing trapping and hunting.
Pierce Brosnan as Archibald "Grey Owl" Belaney
Annie Galipeau as Anahareo
Nathaniel Arcand as Ned White Bear
Vlasta Vrána as Harry Champlin
David Fox as Jim Wood
Charles Powell as Walter Perry
Stephanie Cole as Ada Belaney
Renée Asherson as Carrie Belaney
Stewart Bick as Cyrrus Finney
Graham Greene as Jim Bernard
Saginaw Grant as Pow Wow Chief
The film was shot in the English town of Hastings, Quebec towns Chelsea and Wakefield, Jacques Cartier Park and Saskatchewan's Prince Albert National Park.
Director Richard Attenborough said in an interview that he and his brother, noted presenter and naturalist David Attenborough, had attended "Grey Owl's" De Montfort Hall, Leicester lecture in 1936, depicted in the film, and being influenced by his advocacy of conservation. The musical group Northern Cree Singers is featured in the soundtrack.
The film met with average to negative reviews, and has a 'rotten' 18% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. William Gallagher of the BBC said, "if you like cuddly animals or you fancy Pierce Brosnan, you're in luck".
The film won one Genie Award at the 20th Genie Awards, in the category of Best Costume Design for Renée April.