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Gentle Giant (1967)





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The title character is a benign 7-foot-tall grizzly bear (perhaps all grizzlies are benign, but we're not about to get close enough to find out). Little Clint Howard befriends the bear, naming the beast Ben. Clint's wildlife-officer dad Dennis Weaver and mom Vera Miles have some trouble adjusting to the boy's new pet, but all ends happily after a lengthy sojourn in the Everglades. The best scenes involve ex-Bowery-Boy Huntz Hall, here playing a grizzled old swamp tramp. The upshot of Gentle Giant's success was the TV series Gentle Ben, which also starred Howard and Weaver and which ran from 1967 through 1969.

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Dennis Weaver
as Tom Wedloe
Vera Miles
as Ellen Wedloc
Ralph Meeker
as Fog Hanson
Clint Howard
as Mark Wedloe
James Riddle
as Skipper
Levirne de Bord
as Second Fisherman
Frank Logan
as Second Townsman
Alfred Metz
as First Fisherman
Jerry Newby
as First Townsman
James Piddle
as Skipper
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Critic Reviews for Gentle Giant

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Prequel to Gentle Ben series has some violence, drunkenness.

June 14, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Dated, but charming.

January 1, 2005 | Full Review…

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