Dan Haggerty who starred in the “Grizzly Adams” television series years ago returns to the screen in this rather traditional wilderness adventure-comedy. He plays Jeremiah, a kind, wilderness dweller in Oregon in the 1870’s who befriends two modern day children (Dylan Haggerty and Nicole Lund) who are miraculously transported in time back to his era. He enlists their aid in resisting the commercial development of his property, as well as a majestic nearby mountain and the land of a friendly Indian tribe. Development is being promoted by the mayor of a small nearby town in secret association with a greedy couple. The conniving couple employ three bumbling henchman who engage in silly, comical slapstick mishaps and rough treatment throughout the film. As in most wilderness films, the scenery is magnificent and the animals are friendly and engaging. And the time travel aspect of the film adds some interest to the rather simple, conventional story line. Children under the ages of 10 will probably find it entertaining.
The theme of protecting and preserving nature is certainly commendable, but it is misleading to portray land development as undesirable. Certainly some areas should be set aside and not developed, but the film tends to imply that all development is evil. Still, the story abounds in redeeming values. Jeremiah respects and befriends the Indians in his area and introduces the two children to their culture. He also teaches the children to love and respect animals and the environment. He exposes the deceptive schemes of the greedy couple, including a gold scam they are promoting. Refreshingly, the film contains no foul language, sexual content or drug abuse. For its comic effect, a great deal of slapstick rough treatment and pranks are included along with a comical scene where an Indian knocks two men unconscious. One of the Indians refers to the desirability of prayer a few times. GRIZZLY MOUNTAIN is one film which parents can take or send their kids to with confidence.