|Sylvia Syms defending Ray Milland.|
As director (it was his fifth outing in that capacity), Milland doesn't know how to tighten up the rambling drama. As the film's star, he overacts, especially his pivotal trial scenes. I was also bothered by the introduction of a character from the barrister's past late in the plot. It just didn't seem fair to inject a new suspect at that point.
The film's highlight is Sylvia Syms as another attorney (a far brighter one) in Milland's firm. Of course, she earlier starred in a much better movie about a barrister--one being blackmailed in the then-controversial Victim (1961).
(For a more in-depth review of Hostile Witness, check out the write-up at Lindsay's Movie Musings.)
|18 feet? No, he's not! He's |
estimated at 15 feet tall in the film.
The always likable Christopher George stars as Kelly, a park ranger who has to battle the title bear and a supervisor afraid of losing business even while guests are being eaten (yes, that subplot was ripped off from Jaws). Kelly also has to struggle with some laughably bad dialogue, such as this exchange with his supervisor:
Kelly: It's not a bear! It's a grizzly! There is a difference.
Supervisor: A bear is a bear.
Kelly: A bear is not a bear, believe it or not.
That's not even the most memorable line in Grizzly. That would go to Andrew Prine who berates Richard Jaeckel's character by telling Kelly: "You got a dime? I wanna call his mama. I mean, does she know that you're running around in the woods, tryin' to act like a bear...you smell like one...you scratching around on the ground like one? I mean, does she know you're making a damn fool of yourself?"
|A young Clooney--without|