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The Bears and I

The Bears and I
The Bears and I
The Bears and I
  • G
  • 1h 29m
  • 1974
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Based on a true story, The Bears and I follows the adventures of Bob Leslie as he embarks on a challenging new life in the vast Canadian wilderness. When he suddenly finds himself in charge of three mischievous bear cubs, he encounters unexpected resentment from members of the local Indian tribe. Their beliefs are straightforward: Bears are sacred creatures and must be allowed to roam free. With the feud approaching dangerous proportions, the mystical powers of an aging Indian Leader are called upon an a last desperate attempt to restore peace. The Bears and I offers a compelling panorama of human drama and wildlife adventure.
© 1974 Walt Disney Productions

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Common Sense Says
Live-action Disney drama has violence and outdated terms.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Bears and I is a live-action Disney movie with violent scenes involving animals and humans, and outdated terms such as Native Americans being referred to as "Indians." The movie is based on the 1968 book -- and true story -- by Robert F. Leslie and deals with issues including hunting and Native American disputes with the U.S. government. Bob Leslie (Patrick Wayne) is a Vietnam War veteran who goes to the lakeside village of his fallen comrade to deliver his possessions to his father, Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay (Chief Dan George). Seeking the quiet life, Bob decides to stay and starts caring for three bears orphaned by a hunter. Bob finds himself in numerous physical fights, including one in which he repeatedly punches a man in the face, knocking him unconscious. Bob's cabin is burned down in an arson attack and the forest around it catches fire. Some animals are shown in close proximity to the fire, while in other scenes, bears are seen with leashes on -- raising questions about the welfare of the animals during filming. As part of the storyline, bears are shot, with one animal being killed -- its lifeless body is depicted on screen.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:July 31, 1974
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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