The Bears and I

The Bears and I is a 1974 adventure film and was produced by Winston Hibler, who produced many of those Disney "True Life Adventures" of the 1950s. The Bears and I was based on a book by Robert Franklin Leslie. The beautiful Canadian Rockies photography adds to a tender story, and the soundtrack features songs by John Denver.


Bob Leslie is a Vietnam veteran who goes to the Canadian Rockies when he is discharged. There he adopts three orphaned bear cubs and helps an Indian tribe get back the land that is legally theirs.


  • Patrick Wayne as Bob Leslie
  • Chief Dan George as Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay
  • Andrew Duggan as Commissioner Gaines
  • Michael Ansara as Oliver Red Fern
  • Robert Pine as John McCarten
  • Valentin de Vargas as Sam Eagle Speaker
  • Hal Baylor as Foreman
  • Peter Borkent as Construction Worker


Sweet Surrender by John Denver.

Production details

  • Directed by Bernard McEveety
  • Producer: Winston Hibler
  • Writing credits: John Whedon (screenplay)
  • Writing credits: Robert Franklin Leslie (novel)
  • Narrator: Jack Speirs
  • Original Music by Buddy Baker
  • Cinematography by Ted D. Landon
  • Film Editing by G. Gregg McLaughlin
  • Art Direction by LeRoy Deane, John B. Mansbridge
  • Makeup Artist: Robert J. Schiffer
  • Sound Department
  • Sound supervisor: Herb Taylor
  • Special Effects by Danny Lee