Alone in the Wilderness

Alone in the Wilderness

DVD - 2003
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Nov 14, 2018

Excellent. Amazing builder, craftsman. Knows his wood. Gonna have to check him out on Wikipedia. Wonder who gave him approval to cut down all those trees for log cabin.. He could make anything out of wood. His wooden door hinges amazing. Never got to see how he installed the windows. What was he trying to escape from?

Apr 19, 2017

I love this documentary and have seen it multiple times. This DVD is a later release where they added a soundtrack and placed in some nature footage of different animals.
It still is worth seeing, but I prefer the original more “raw” footage that they ran many times on PBS. If this is the only version you can see, watch it. But this updated and touched up version was unnecessary — the original was fine.

Oct 27, 2013

Incredible. Amazing. You have to watch this at least once. We watch it whenever it comes on PBS (which is often here in the northwest.) Dick wasn't seeking fame, but has inspired many. Thank you to the Proenneke family for sharing Dick with the world. Check it out.

Jan 06, 2013

My 5 year old son and I just watched this together and we were absolutely delighted! He was enthralled watching Dick build all his own things. We just read finished reading the first 4 Laura Ingles Wilder books so he was really interested in watching Dick build some of the things Laura describe Pa making. After watching this film he went out to our garage and started to saw scrap lumber and build his own "house," 5 year old style. I would recommend it to anyone!

Dec 16, 2012

An ok movie, but missing some information about who Dick was, why he was determined to live in the wilderness, how he became such a skilled builder, scavenger, etc.

Nov 25, 2012

I checked this out for the umpteenth time this last Wednesday, right before going into surgery. I have now watched it three times and plan on watching it a few more times before I return it. I have watched Alone in the Wilderness a few dozen times and it never gets boring. And with the amount of wait time I have every time I request it, I get the feeling I am not the only one.

Greg_library Sep 20, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Narrated by Bob Swerer (reading from excerpts of Dick Proenneke's journal) and in part by Wendy Ishii. This hour-long film gives an account of the first of over thirty years that Dick has lived in isolation in the Alaskan Wilderness with only the wildlife and occasional visits from suppliers and relatives. I loved the detail in which Dick shows the building of a log cabin using the raw materials and hand tools. I was amused when he mentioned that he felt guilty using tar paper and polyethelene to water-proof the roof before he added a layer of moss on top. His craftmanship in the building of the cabin and his enjoyment of the land around him is inspirational.

Aug 28, 2012

I agree. I would definitely watch this documentary over again, it was eye-opening. Very inspiring.

Apr 12, 2011

This is amazing, I have seen this at least twenty times, I have checked it out, watched it on PBS, and I now own it. Good documentary, with tons of beautiful scenery. I would highly recommend this movie to everyone. This is a good one you don't want to miss.

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