Grey Owl (film)
|Directed by||Richard Attenborough|
|Produced by||Richard Attenborough
|Written by||William Nicholson|
|Music by||George Fenton|
|Edited by||Lesley Walker|
|Distributed by||New City Releasing (USA)
20th Century Fox (UK)
February 15, 2000 (VHS & DVD release)
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
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".