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->''The most dangerous jaws on land.''

''Grizzly'' is a CultClassic independent "Nature Strikes Back" film from the 1970s by William Girdler (''Film/DayOfTheAnimals'', ''Manitou''). Notable for ripping off Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' at every possible opportunity, and still managing to be some fun in its own right. In this film, a national park finds itself terrorized by a massive bear.

Released in 1976, ''Grizzly'' was actually the most successful independent film made that year, raking in a shocking $30 million from a budget of $750,000. It was the most successful independant motion picture until two years later when Creator/JohnCarpenter made ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}''.

It's also notable that the film had a sequel produced in the 80s that was never finished or released. It seemed that the sequel would never see the light of day. That is, until a very rough work print (without the bear footage, save for some scenes at the end featuring an animatronic) was thrown on the internet during the Creator/CharlieSheen craze in 2011, due to the film being one of the earliest roles for Charlie Sheen (as well as Creator/GeorgeClooney believe it or not). Fan-Edits can be found around the net which often include bear footage to fill in the gaps.

!!Tropes present in ''Grizzly'' include...

* AnArmAndALeg: The first onscreen victim gets her arm knocked off by the bear before it mauls her to death.
** Also, there's a [[SarcasmMode truly tasteful]] later scene in which we get to see a 10-year-old child get their arm torn off.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Helicopter pilot Don bites it with copious amounts of this.
** A young child and his mother also end up spewing up rivers of gore when the bear attacks them.
* BloodlessCarnage: Averted. For a PG-rated film, there is a ton of blood.
* BearsAreBadNews: One of the earliest examples in the "Killer Bear" genre, though not the first.
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: For a film rated PG, the film contains a sizable amount of blood and limbs flying, though films in the 70s were allowed to have a moderate amount of [[IncrediblyLamePun grisly]] violence.
* FollowTheLeader: There is little in this movie not directly lifted from ''Film/{{Jaws}}''. A comparison can be found [[http://www.bmoviegraveyard.com/reviews/G/Grizzly/ here]].
* HellishCopter: The bear attacks the helicopter in the last reel.
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler: Scotty]] wakes up after being mauled and buried by the Grizzly, only to be killed again moments later by the same animal.
* InfantImmortality: Subverted. Poor little Bobby has his leg torn off by the bear, though his ultimate fate is implied to be survival.
* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler: In the {{Novelization}}, the bear is killed with a flamethrower.]]
* MadeOfExplodium: [[spoiler: The bear is blown up by a bazooka]]
* {{Novelization}}: By William Collins. Noted for making far more sense than the movie, as it actually gave real reasons for why the bear started eating people. [[spoiler:If you must know, it grew too big too fast, so its mother drove it off before it knew how to hunt properly; it injured its jaw before entering the park, leaving it in serious pain; and one of the first victims was menstruating. Angry hungry bear plus the scent of blood = massacre time.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: That poor horse]] This one is TruthInTelevision too; bears really ''have'' [[SuperStrength decapitated large mammals with a single blow from their paw.]]
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* PrehistoricMonster: Played with. At one point, Scotty identifies the bear as an ''Ursus arctodus''. Anyone caring to do the research will discover this is (at least partially) the scientific name for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short-faced_bear giant short-faced bear]] which pretty much fits in terms of its size and its carnivorous behavior.
%%* SuperPersistentPredator
* TooDumbToLive: The park ranger who strips to her underwear to "dip her feet" when she's searching for a man-eating grizzly bear, and [[spoiler: Scotty]]
* WouldHarmAChild: In a genuinely nasty scene for the time, a young child has their arm ripped off by the bear right on screen.

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