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Jonathan of the Bears aka Jonathan degli orsi - A young boy witnesses his parents' murder.

Jonathan of the Bears (1994)
Director: Enzo G. Castellari
Writers: Enzo G. Castellari (screenplay), Lorenzo De Luca (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Stars: Franco Nero, John Saxon, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman | See full cast & crew »
Genres: Action | Western
Country: Italy | Russia
Language: English
Release Date: 21 April 1995 (Italy)
Also Known As: Jonathan degli orsi
Filming Locations: Alabino, Moscow, Russia

A young boy witnesses his parents' murder. Later, as he grows up, he befriends a bear in the wilderness and the chief of a local Indian tribe, and he stays with the Indians, but makes an enemy of the chief's son. As he enters adulthood he sets out to find the men responsible for his parents' deaths.

"The Franco Nero and Enzo Castellari collaboration is best known for Keoma, which is generally (and rightly) accepted to be one of the last great Spaghetti Westerns. Filmed twenty years later, this film - although not particularly well known or lauded - stands up to the high quality set by its predecessor.

Jonathan of the Bears continues on the racism themes noted within Keoma, concentrating on an orphan's relationship with the indians and bear that nurtured him following his parent's execution, and the "greedy" white man that has no respect for the nature or beliefs of the natives.

This film is very touching, dealing with the sensitive issue of the plight of the indians and other minority races, whilst maintaining the exciting shootouts that we expect to see in our spaghetti westerns. In particular, the opening sequence that charts the death of Jonathan's parents, and his development from man to boy - the majority of which is shot in black and white - is very moving.

It is not the easiest of films to find, but I would definitely recommend it (particularly for those people that enjoyed Keoma)." Written by marc-366 on

"I think there's been a few since then such as "My West" with Harvey Keitel but maybe this shall be the last notable one, by one of the few remaining original Spaghetti Western directors Enzo G. Castellari.

As some you know, the Italian film industry was in complete disarray by the end of the 1980's as they failed to be able to compete against American films and video sales. By 1990 Italian film was relegated mostly to low budget art films and TV movies, but in the early 90's the dissolution of the Soviet Union brought about a continuance of the spirit of cooperation between Italy and Russia not enjoyed much since the early 70's. Several big budget co-productions emerged in these first few years but largely became fiasco's such as the only recently finished QUIET FLOWS THE DON and the ever-languishing GENGHIS KHAN. In the true spirit of Italian copycat film-making, with DANCES WITH WOLVES garnering much critical and financial praise at the time, it only made sense to try a Spaghetti Western in the vast expanses of the largely untouched motherland. Hire on Castellari, who in turn brings a few of his regulars (but strangely no Romano Puppo), David Hess, John Saxon, and you get a highly entertaining oddly cast and strangely themed last gasp of a nearly forgotten genre.

Considering the rest of Italy's output at the time, it's amazing this film is as good as it is. A shame it never got a proper distribution, as well as a shame that it didn't re-kick-start Castellari's career." Written by Aylmer on

Also Known As (AKA):
(original title): Jonathan degli orsi
Brazil: Jonathan e o Urso
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title): Джонатан от рода на мечките
Germany: Die Rache des weißen Indianers
Germany (DVD title): Keoma 2 - Die Rache des weissen Indianers
Italy: Jonathan degli orsi
Poland: Jonathan zwany Niedźwiedziem
Russia: Dzhonatan - drug medvedey
Russia: Джонатан - друг медведей
USA (informal English title): Jonathan of the Bears


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