L’Ours (1988)

35mm film, 70mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
Dolby SR (on 35mm film prints), 70mm 6-Track (on 70mm prints), French

A French fantasy film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

Plot Summary

An orphaned bear cub is adopted by an adult male bear who teaches him to avoid hunters.


Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Price/Renn Productions
Producer: Claude Berri
Associate Producer: Pierre Grunstein
Production Managers: Leonhard Gmür, Kurt von Vietinghoff
Script: Gérard Brach
Novel: The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
Assistant Director: Florian Nilson
Director of Photography: Philippe Rousselot
2nd Unit Director of Photography: Arnaud Duboisberanger
1st Assistant Camera: Jérôme Peyrebrune
Assistant Camera: Luigi Bernardini
Additional 2nd Assistant Camera: Dominique Delguste
Editor: Noëlle Boisson
Colour Timer: Yvan Lucas
Music: Philippe Sarde
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Savina
Orchestrators: Alexander Courage, Billy Byers
Synclavier Operator/Keyboards/Programming: Jonathan Sorrell
Music Mixer: William Flageollet
Music Consultant: Eric Lipmann
Additional Music: Eric Mauer, Laurent Quaglio
Sound Designer: Laurent Quaglio
Sound: Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Sound Mixer: François Musy
Sound Re-Recording Mixers: Bernard Leroux, Claude Villand
Sound Editors: Eric Mauer, Roberto Garzelli
Recording Studio: CTS Studios
Costume Designers: Françoise Disle, Corinne Jorry
Animatronics: The Henson Company
Animatronics Technician: Joachim Grüninger
Floor Supervisor: Uli Nefzer
Dream Sequence Animation: Jan Svankmajer
Production Designer: Toni Lüdi
Art Directors: George Dietz, Antony Greengrow, Heidi Lüdi, Hans Jürgen Schmelzle
Set Decorator: Bernhard Henrich
Swing Gang: Michael Fechner
Production Consultant: Monty Diamond
Animal Trainer: Steve Martin
Bear Trainers: Clint Youngreen, Doug Seus, Lynne Seus
Movement: Roman Stefanski

Bart the bear (the Kodiak bear)
Youk the bear (the bear cub)
Tchéky Karyo (Tom)
Jack Wallace (Bill)
André Lacombe (le chasseur aux chiens)

Alternative Titles

Der Bär – West German title
The Bear – US title
Björnen – Swedish title
Karhu – Finnish title
L'orso – Italian title
El oso – Argentinean/Spanish title
O Urso – Brazilian title
Ursul – Romanian title



  • Première October 1988 p.12 – review (by Michèle Halberstadt)
  • Studio October 1988 p.13 – review (by Marc Esposito)