The Legend of Bigfoot

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The Legend of Bigfoot
The Legend of Bigfoot FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Harry Winer[1]
Produced by
Written by
Narrated by Ivan Marx
Music by Don Peake
  • Ivan Marx
  • Peggy Marx
Edited by Paula Labrot
Distributed by Filmcentralen Palladium
Release date
  • January 1, 1976 (1976-01-01) (USA)
Running time
  • 76 minutes
  • 92 minutes (American DVD)
Country United States
Language English

The Legend of Bigfoot is a 1976 American pseudo-documentary film directed by Harry Winer.


Animal tracker Ivan Marx opens by mentioning the film is the culmination of 10 years of research. He says that the Eskimos called the creature "bushman," the Colville Indians "Sasquatch," and the Hoopas "Om-mah," but is most commonly known as Bigfoot.

Marx's brother-in-law takes him to the land of petrified wood, showing him rock carvings of creatures with big hands and feet. The carvings tell the story of the creature stealing children, causing a village to be abandoned.

Marx finds large tracks in the snow and later a dead bear with similar tracks nearby. He finds strange hair between the bear's teeth and sets out to track the creature. He finds tracks in the mud beside a river and something moving nearby. He intends to inform others but rain washes the tracks away.

Marx investigates tracks in several states only to find they're not bigfoot tracks. He visits the Oh-mah bigfoot redwood statue in northern California and the Oregon coast, continuing to search.

Marx takes a job in Washington state to film a Cinnamon bear. While there, he films Bigfoot walking through a field. He mentions that his footage of Bigfoot has been questioned by science and used by others on lecture circuits to make money.

Marx shows footage of an injured squirrel, goats eating dirt, and glaciers melting. He mentions the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and visits Yukon Frida, who paints pictures of Bigfoot.

Marx travels above the Arctic circle, showing footage of the Northern lights while relating Bigfoot tales. He visits an Eskimo who promises he'll see Bigfoot. Later in the evening, he films what he describes "the shining eyes" of the creature, but when dawn comes, he says Bigfoot disappeared behind a rainbow.

Marx shows footage of salmon spawning, geese migrating, caribou, and Alaska moose defending their territory. He searches from a plane and films a young Bigfoot near a river. He lands, but Bigfoot runs away.

He films hunters with their kills and beavers gathering wood for their dams. He then shows footage of Bigfoot at another river and a second Bigfoot close by, mentioning a related strong musky odor. Bigfoot is shown eating grass and Marx mentions he must be a vegetarian.

Marx ends the film by saying he has determined Bigfoot's migratory and eating habits and that he'll continue his search to document more of Bigfoot's behaviors.



It has been claimed that Ivan Marx was the first to find handprints of Bigfoot.[2] Much of the film is wildlife and nature footage.


The film was created by Ivan Marx,[3] the majority of which he filmed himself.[4] Marx did the narration for the film himself[2] and also served as the executive producer.[5]


The Legend of Bigfoot was released to theaters in 1976.[1]

Home media[edit]

The Legend of Bigfoot was released to the home video market on VHS tape by World Premiere Home Video in 1985.[6] In 2009, the film was released on DVD, along with Snowbeast, by Alpha Video.[7]


Like Marx himself, his film polarized critics, audiences and Bigfoot hunters alike.[citation needed] Praise focused largely on the nature footage and the new information about cryptozoology, but criticism largely focused on Marx's rambling voice-overs (seen by some as self-promotion) and the poor-quality Bigfoot footage, that most have accepted as a hoax.[citation needed] However, to this day, there are many supporters of Marx,[who?] who consider him a true explorer and pioneer in the field of cryptozoology.


Don Peake composed the music for the film.[8]


  1. ^ a b c AFI staff (2013). "AFI Catalog of Feature Films". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Los Angeles, California, USA: American Film Institute. OCLC 772904208. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Daegling, David (2004). Bigfoot Exposed: An Anthropologist Examines America's Enduring Legend. Walnut Creek, California, USA: Rowman Altamira. p. 213. ISBN 9780759105393. OCLC 55982193. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ CH staff (November 16, 1977). "May Bring The Big Bucks". Calgary Herald. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Guy Huntingford. p. 98. ISSN 1197-2823. OCLC 29533985. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ SB staff (October 4, 1986). "There's Something In The Woods: Is It Man, Myth... Or Monster?". The Sacramento Bee. Sacramento, California, USA: Cheryl Dell. p. C1. ISSN 0890-5738. OCLC 37706143. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ von Doviak, Scott (2005). Hick Flicks: The Rise And Fall Of Redneck Cinema (illustrated ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland & Company. p. 151. ISBN 9780786482122. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ WorldCat staff (2013). "The Legend of Bigfoot". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 40747621. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ WorldCat staff (2013). "The Legend of Bigfoot: and, Snowbeast". WorldCat. Dublin, Ohio, USA: Online Computer Library Center. OCLC 645271813. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ Smith, Steven C; Francillon, Vincent J (1994). Film Composers Guide (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, California, USA: Lone Eagle Publishing. ISBN 9780943728575. OCLC 30629076. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 

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