Luverne Man Disappointed With ‘The Revenant’

Fred Manfred Jr. says his father's book 'Lord Grizzly' is more accurate

Hollywood has applauded the movie that follows the survival of a man attacked by a grizzly bear near Lemmon, South Dakota.

‘The Revenant’ won the award for best actor and best director at the Academy Awards, and best motion picture at the Golden Globes.

But not everyone is raving.

One Luverne, Minn. Man says the story doesn’t portray Hugh Glass’ journey accurately.

He says his father’s version of the story should have reached the big screen.

“It was published in 1954 after many years of research,” says Fred Manfred Jr. talking about his father’s book ‘Lord Grizzly’ based on the legendary South Dakota frontiersman who crawled his way to safety after being mauled by a grizzly bear.

“He would eat the grubs, the ants, taste the grass, look up through the grass to the sky to see what it would be like crawling through that area,” says Manfred. “You can’t crawl through the living room and get to the bathroom and get the same idea.”

Manfred says it was that dedication to detail that made ‘Lord Grizzly’ great, until he read those same passages in another book.

“The artistic vision that dad had conjured up for Glass, was found it in the book ‘The Revenant’.

But what Manfred says is most upsetting is how ‘The Revenant’ lacks the idea of forgiveness.

The movie shows Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, kill the men who left him to die in the wilderness.

Manfred says that didn’t happen.

“It’s been depicted as a guy that went back and shot up the whole fort,” says Manfred. “What we don’t do enough of today is totally forgotten to make money at the box office. I wanted to just call someone and say what you are doing.”

Instead, he himself is practicing the missing piece to the story.

“Life is too short to not forgive a pretty minor thing in life, they didn’t burn my house down, they didn’t hurt my family it’s just part of life,” says Manfred.

While it’s hard not to get jealous of ‘The Revenant’s’ success, Manfred says as long as people are becoming educated on Hugh Glass’ resilience and resourcefulness, he is okay with it.