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Bearskin, or The Man Who Didn't Wash for Seven Years (1984)

| Short | 1984 (USA)

A valiant soldier, wandering without cause or family after the Civil War, accepts the Devil's challenge to go for seven years without washing himself; cutting his hair, beard, or nails; ... See full summary »

Director:

Tom Davenport
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Credited cast:
Glenn Taylor Glenn Taylor ... Father
Helen Stoltzfus Helen Stoltzfus ... Eldest Daughter
Kate Weber Kate Weber ... Edlest Daughter
Susan Shields Susan Shields ... Youngest Daughter
Robert Lesko Robert Lesko ... Innkeeper
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Richard Bauer Richard Bauer ... Devil
Robert Westenberg Robert Westenberg ... Bearskin
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A valiant soldier, wandering without cause or family after the Civil War, accepts the Devil's challenge to go for seven years without washing himself; cutting his hair, beard, or nails; or reciting the Lord's Prayer in exchange for limitless wealth. Draped in the Devil's cloak and the skin of a bear, the soldier travels the world, reveling in his riches until his appearance and odor become repugnant to all and especially to himself. At that point, the soldier learns to care about others and becomes the benefactor to a down-on-his-luck man who, in return for the soldier's generosity, offers one of his daughters in marriage.

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Winner of the American Film Festival Blue Ribbon The Parents Choice Award The American Library Association's "Notable Children's Film"

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USA

Language:

English

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1984 (USA) See more »

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Followed by Jack & the Dentist's Daughter (1985) See more »

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A fascinating tale for kids and adults
27 September 2006 | by dnsmithncSee all my reviews

This film is not a slick Hollywood production by any means but I believe this enhances the authenticity of a very good story. The acting too might appear a tad amateurish to those accustomed to Hollywood fare but again, this made the story seem more genuine. The part of the devil was done especially well with just enough malevolence. As a long time teacher in an elementary and junior high school, I can tell you the kids loved this film. And so did I. Every time I watched it, I saw something new and different. It entertains on a number of levels. There are subtle issues relating to good, evil and the source of redemption which is appealing to adults and, on the surface, it is a fascinating tale for the kids. I would highly recommend this as a worthwhile addition to any library or home collection. You will not be disappointed.


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