Taglines: He fought to change the world.
Archie Grey Owl is a trapper in Canada in the early 1930s when a young Iroquois woman from town asks him to teach her Indian ways. They live in the woods, where she is appalled at how trapped animals die. She adopts two orphaned beaver kits and helps Archie see his way to stop trapping.
Instead, he works as a guide, a naturalist writer, and then the Canadian government hires him to save the beaver in a conserve by Lake Ajawaan in Prince Albert National Park. He writes a biography, which brings him attention in Canada and invitations to lecture in England. Before he leaves, he and Anahareo (Pony) marry. In England, his secret is revealed. Will Anahareo continue to love him?
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.
The film was shot in the English town of Hastings, Quebec towns Chelsea and Wakefield, Jacques Cartier Park and Saskatchewan’s Prince Albert National Park. 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.
Grey Owl (1999)
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick, Vlasta Vrana, Annie Galipeau, Neil Kroetsch, Serge Houde, Nathaniel Arcand, Jacques Lussier, Graham Greene
Screenplay by: William Nicholson
Production Design by: Anthony Pratt
Cinematography by: Roger Pratt
Film Editing by: Lesley Walker
Costume Design by: Renée April
Set Decoration by: Marie-Claude Gosselin, Bruno Sorel, Joanne Woollard
Art Direction by: Claude Paré
Music by: George Fenton
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality / nudity.
Distributed by: New City Releasing (USA), 20th Century Fox (UK)
Release Date: September 10, 1999