The Bear (1984)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 112 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Aimed primarily at American football fans, this dramatized biography of Paul Bryant, a celebrated football coach nicknamed the "Bear," focuses on the man's early career as a player and his later work as a coach in the locker rooms and on the field with his own players -- in Kentucky, Texas, and Alabama. While the Bear's personality is clearly brought forward in Gary Busey's interpretation -- he is alternately caring and verbally abusive, depending on the situation at hand -- the people who must have meant a lot to him in his life outside of football are underwritten here, and a sense of unfolding drama -- outside of his career and the football field -- is missing.

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coach, football, football-player, NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), college