The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

Synopsis of Movie

“The true story of a man exiled in the wilderness and how he learns to survive.”

Dozens of movies have centered on a man “accused of a crime he didn’t commit,” but The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams was different. Set in the late 19th century, the movie sent its falsely-accused hero into the mountains not to find “the real killer,” but to find a new life among nature.

When James Capen Adams is wrongfully accused of murder, he must leave behind his young daughter Peg to seek refuge in a mountain wilderness. Shunned by society, Adams makes new friends among the animals, especially a large grizzly bear named Ben.

After years of this Thoreau-like communion with nature, Adams is surprised to see a grown Peg, who has come to bring him back to civilization. The now-rugged mountain man must decide where he truly belongs, and with whom.

Shot in striking mountain locations, the film offered audiences a big-screen view of raw nature and man’s relation to it. The crowds responded, making The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams a surprise hit. Star Dan Haggerty reprised the role in a 1977 TV series on NBC and in a 1982 TV movie, The Capture of Grizzly Adams. In 1998, the character returned to the big screen in Grizzly Mountain.

Movie Release History

1974 - The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams

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Movie Studio

Sunn Classic


James Capen Adams Dan Haggerty
Adult Peg Marjorie Harper
Young Peg Lisa Jones
Indian Brave Don Shanks
Ben the Bear Bozo

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