Crusty Wyoming rancher Einar Gilkyson (Redford) has a rundown property he works a little with his best friend, Mitch Bradley (Freeman), who has been severely mauled by a bear. This furry nemesis was captured and unhappily resides in a local animal park. (That's the symbolism you're smelling, not the bear.) Jean Gilkyson (Lopez), Einar's widowed daughter-in-law has been abused by her lowlife boyfriend Gary (Lewis) for the last time and unwillingly seeks shelter at the ranch with her tough-talking, 11-year-old daughter Griff (Gardner). Einar, who blames Jean for his son's death, grudging allows them to stay temporarily and gradually thaws towards his spunky granddaughter. Much gruff bonding and a family reconciliation finally ensue (with the bear playing its part). Tomboyish Gardner is a delight, though Lopez has little to do and makes an equally slight impression. Best are the interactions between pros Redford and Freeman, whose characters squabble and fuss like a longtime married couple. Co-writer Spragg adapted from his novel.
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Available on DVD
Running time 107 minutes.
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