3 August 2001 | cullen4u
Bear or Holy Man saves pioneer family.
This movie was shown on the Discovery-Animal Planet network.
The bear, if there ever really was a bear, is the second supporting character. A delight and disconcerting at the same time. There is a native-american belief that animals could take on human bodies and vise-versa. This idea was only briefly exposed in a few spots.
The opening scenes are of a modern teenager who has problems. What teen doesn't, especially about parents? He learns he is to inherit his great-grandfathers journal and other personal affects. The journal was written late in life and starts with problems encountered while moving west in the fall of 1850. Time shifts to and from 1850 carry the story back and forth as the youngster reads about his ancestor, his problems, ideas, hopes and fears. They are similar to his.
Historical discrepancy aside this movie would appeal to
teens and adults. As with all material one should inspect and verify fact and falsehood. The lad was allowed to travel with a "real live mount'n man" to trade for supplies. The last rendezvous took place in the spring of 1840, ten years before this family arrived in the Rockies.
Background views are great. The highest points of violence were a skillet defense by an expectant mother against a scalp'n knife wielding attacker and a couple of daring fisticuff events. Alfred
Hitchcock would be proud of the drama left to the viewer.