Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Grey Owl

Grey Owl is a delightful 1999 movie by Richard Attenborough, starring Pierce Brosnan as a real-life Canadian trapper turned conservationist, who became a work-wide phenomenon in the period between WWI and WWII.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of the movie is Brosnan's co-star, Annie Galipeau, shown below.  She steals virtually ever scene in which she appears.

The real-life Grey Owl was a great lover of beavers, and firmly opposed to their reckless exploitation.  The beaver shown below with Grey Owl was his friend "Jelly Roll."

At one point in the movie, Grey Owl visits his childhood home in England.  As he explores his old bedroom, we catch a glimpse of an insect collection mounted on the wall, prominently featuring some dragonflies (ah, I finally got around to mentioning dragonflies).

This is a quite enjoyable movie, though little known to the general public.  The role of Grey Owl is certainly a bit of a departure from the roles we normally associate with Pierce Brosnan.

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