Saturday, June 23, 2012


Fúria Selvagem – Brazilian title
Manden i vildmarken – Danish title
Mies erämaasta – Finnish title
Un om in salbaticie – French title
Le convoi sauvage – French title
Ein Mann in der Wildnis – German title
Apostoli aftoktonias – Greek title
Uomo bianco và col tuo Dio – Italian title
Villmarkens vold – Norwegian title
Czlowiek w dziczy – Polish title
Um Homem na Solidão – Portuguese title
Un om in salbaticie – Romanian title
Moz v divjini – Slovenian title
El hombre de una tierra salvaje – Spanish title
Mannen i vildmarken – Swedish title
Vahsi adam – Turkish title
Man in the Wilderness – U.K. title
Man in the Wilderness – U.S.A. title

A 1971 British production [Sanford Howard Limbridge (London)]
Producer: Sandy Howards
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Story: Jack De Witt
Screenplay: Jack De Witt
Cinematography: Gerry Fisher [Technicolor, Panavision]
Music: Johnny Harris
Running time: 104 minutes

Zachary ‘Zach’ Bass – Richard Harris
Captain Filmore Henry – John Huston
Chief Red Thorn – Henry Wilcoxon (Harry Wilcoxon)
Fogarty – Percy Herbert
Jamie Lowrie – Dennis Waterman
Grace Bass – Prunella Ransome
Henry Ferris – Norman Rossington
Benoit – James Doohan
Potts – Bryan Marshall
John Longbow – Ben Carruthers (Benito Carruthers)
Jedediah ‘Deacon’ Smith – Robert Russell
John Coulter – John Bindon
Wiser – Bruce M. Fischer
Russell – Dean Selmier
Grizzly Bear – Peggy the Bear
Grace’s mother – Sheila Raynor
Zachary Bass as a child – Manolo Landau
Schoolmaster – William Layton
Nurse – Judith Furse
Pregnant squaw – Ines Acosta
Indians – Raul Castro, Tony Cyrus, Tamara Sie
Ambushed trapper – Joaquin Solis del Cerro
Woman with trapper – Martha Tuck (Marta Tuch)

The fundamental theme of the story is the spiritual redemption of an emotionally damaged man, Zachary ‘Zach’ Bass. By using flashbacks to his childhood, the director provides the viewer the basis for Bass's emotional damage brought about by abandonment by his father and abuse by his schoolmaster.

Zach Bass is travelling with a trapping party in the Northwest Territory of the United States. Winter has come early and the group led by Captain Henry has found themselves frozen in and must pull their boat overland. While out hunting for food Bass is severely mauled by a grizzly bear. Believing he cannot live Henry tells two of his men to stay with Bass and bury him when he dies. The rest of the part leave and after three days the two trappers left behind decide it is too dangerous to remain any longer and abandoned their fellow trapper. Bass does not die but gradually recovers with his motive for survival revealed to be driven by many things, including revenge against Captain Henry, and the desire to see his young son, whom he left to be raised by his mother-in-law after his wife's death in childbirth. As it turns out, one of his comrades left a pocket Bible with Bass. It is this Bible that transforms and redeems Bass so that when he finally confronts his fellow trappers and Captain Henry, it is no longer the same hardened man that they meet. Rather, Bass has become transformed into a rational and forgiving man with no anger left in his heart.



  1. I saw this movie a few years ago, the only question I would have is, why would he desecrate a bible by burning its pages for fuel in a fire?

  2. Man in the Wilderness would have been a much better movie if he wouldn't have done something as blasphemous as burning pages in the bible just to keep a fire on the ground alive, just to keep warm. That movie Dennis Quad was in should have shown normal deaths not young unmarried men with fish hook in them hanging from the ceiling, that's satanic as well, thats that disgusting move he was in called the four horsemen. Why would they call it horsemen with those words alone without saying four?