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Man in the Wilderness

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Director  Richard C. Sarafian
Initial DVD release  May 20, 2008
Country  United States
6.9/10 IMDb

4.2/5 Amazon

Genre  Adventure, Western
Music director  Johnny Harris
Writer  Jack DeWitt
Language  English
Man in the Wilderness movie poster

Release date  1971 (1971)
Cast  Richard Harris (Zachary Bass), John Huston (Captain Filmore Henry), Henry Wilcoxon (Indian Chief), Percy Herbert (Fogarty), Dennis Waterman (Lowrie), Prunella Ransome (Grace)
Similar movies  The Grey, Into the Grizzly Maze, Balto, Into the Wild, The Edge, The Bear
Tagline  He was left for dead. He would not forget.

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Man in the Wilderness is a 1971 American revisionist Western film about a scout for a group of mountain men who are traversing the Northwestern United States during the 1820s. The scout is mauled by a bear and left to die by his companions. He survives and recuperates sufficiently to track his former comrades, forcing a confrontation over his abandonment. The story is loosely based on the life of Hugh Glass. It stars Richard Harris as Zachary Bass and John Huston as Captain Henry.


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The expedition in the movie is notable for bringing a large boat with them, borne on wheels.

Man in the Wilderness movie scenes

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Man in the Wilderness movie scenes

A classic survival story, told partly through flashbacks to Zachary Bass's past. After being left for dead by his fellow trappers, he undergoes a series of trials and adventures as he slowly heals and equips himself while he tracks the expedition, apparently intent on retribution for his abandonment, while earning the respect of the Indians he encounters. However, when he finally confronts his fellow trappers and Captain Henry, he chooses not to seek revenge, but instead to focus on returning to his infant son.


Man in the Wilderness movie scenes

  • Richard Harris - Zachary Bass
  • John Huston - Captain Henry
  • Henry Wilcoxon - Indian Chief
  • Prunella Ransome - Grace
  • Percy Herbert - Fogarty
  • Dennis Waterman - Lowrie
  • Norman Rossington - Ferris
  • James Doohan - Benoit
  • Bryan Marshall - Potts
  • Ben Carruthers - Longbow
  • John Bindon - Coulter
  • Robert Russell - Smith
  • Sheila Raynor - Grace's Mother
  • Judith Furse - Nurse
  • Production background

    Man in the Wilderness is based loosely on the 1818-20 Missouri Expedition and "Capt. Henry" is likely a fictionalized Major Andrew Henry of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. The film was shot near Covaleda, Province of Soria, Spain, with the terrain looking more like the Adirondack wilderness and less like the Absaroka country of the Yellowstone River. Not technically a "Spaghetti Western", Man was filmed in the rugged highlands where David Lean had shot some of the scenes for Doctor Zhivago in 1964.

    John Huston had joined this production a few days after he had quit as director for the film, The Last Run, due to on-set fights with George C. Scott.


    Though survival and revenge are the main themes, Christianity and religion play a significant role in the evolution of the main character. Through flashbacks, Zach Bass is shown to be at odds with religion and God in general. This was brought on by his lonely and abusive childhood in indoctrinating Christianity into the young Zachary.


    The film was theatrically released in the United States on November 24, 1971, including New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California.

    The film was the first feature to be shown in years at the newly refurbished Princess Theatre (renamed the Klondike Theatre, at the time) in Edmonton, Canada on December 25, 1971.


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