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Almost certainly...NOT. Firstly, no production company would even consider such a thing..the backlash from animal rights groups could kill any movie and that's not economically sensible. There are really two options: A Stunt Horse Horses have trained to fall on command for decades in movies. This would be a highly specialised stunt fall but it's ...


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The horse-off-the-cliff scene was created with the help of Industrial Light & Magic per this interview with the film's visual effects supervisor. This clip (which I believe was aired during Academy Awards) shows a brief glimpse of how the scene was put together. Essentially, a stunt man rode a motorized mock-up horse over an embankment and jumped off, ...


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Industrial Light and Magic were responsible for creating the CGI bear. Yeah, it's CGI and not in-fact a real bear. They used reference footage from actual bears, even including a bear attack filmed at a zoo where a drunken man stumbled into the sanctuary. They used a stunt man to literally throw Leo around and tear at him. This meant that painting out the ...


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They spare Glass because he remembered the quote from Hikuc, a Pawnee (a tribe Glass is friendly with) that he encountered on his journey: "revenge is in the creator's hands" The Arikara were right across the creek watching Fitzgerald and Glass fight, and as Glass gained the upper hand and had the chance to kill Fitzgerald, he noticed the Arikara and ...


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It's strongly implied by the way the chief and Powaqa look down upon Glass as they continue past him, that they spare him because Powaqa recognizes him as the man who freed her from her previous captors. It is also possible that they see Glass as on the verge of death anyway, so that may factor into their decision as well. However, I perceived her ...


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According to wikipedia: The film was shot in twelve locations in three countries: Canada, the United States, and Argentina. In Canada, filming took place in Calgary and Fortress Mountain in Alberta, and at Squamish and Mammoth Studios, Burnaby, in British Columbia.While the initial plan was to film entirely in Canada, the weather was ultimately ...


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There was a brief behind-the-scenes snippet from that scene during the Academy Awards, when they were announcing the nominees for Best Visual Effects. It appears that a fake horse and a blue screen were used. There's a copy of the ceremony on YouTube, but the video quality is very poor. The snippet begins at 43m18s.


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The name of the fort was Fort Kiowa (originally named Fort Lookout). Numerous forts of these types began to appear after Thomas Jefferson completed the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Jefferson opened up a large portion of the new land to the America fur traders where Native Americans could meet at these forts and exchange furs for various goods. The ...


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He made that rock formation himself to catch fish. The arrangement of rocks into that shape is a traditional fishing technique called a fishing weir. Quite a few Native American tribes used this kind of fishing technique to catch freshwater fish. The rock formation forces the fish swimming downstream into a small area where they can't easily escape, and can ...


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Most likely not: The Telegraph ran a piece about what was and was not faked when shooting The Revenant. Mainly because to the uninformed it appears as though an awful lot of animal abuse is going on behind – and indeed in – the scenes. What with the thousands of pelts hoarded by the fur trapper protagonists, plus the horses being whipped and thwacked and ...


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Fitzgerald sure had some chances to kill Bridger, but why should he? Once he got Bridger to buy his story there was just no need to get rid of him. You have to remember that they still had quite a journey to go to reach the camp, with the Ree still on their trail. Bridger was of much bigger help as an active part of his company than just undertaking this ...


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This document has the rules for the 2016 BAFTAs, including section C. Eligibility, which states: Films must open for theatrical general release for the first time in commercial cinemas in the UK between 1 January 2015 and 12 February 2016 Films which open after 1 January 2016 must be qualified by being screened to BAFTA members (‘voters’) no ...


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The screening for the movie took place in November where members of the press and award voters were present. The screening was held in New York. They were impressed with his performance and so he got nominated. For more details see this Vanity Fair article.


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Fitzgerald likely scalped the Captain so as to make it look like the Ree had killed the Captain. Furthermore, much like how a victim of abuse can then become an abuser, Fitzgerald seems to be emotionally scarred by the half-scalping he received from the Ree and has adopted that method to exact pain and punishment on his victim.


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Can horses outrun a boat? That plot point does seem to hinge on this question. Apparently the boat served as at least a temporary escape and could not be immediately followed by horseback pursuers, perhaps due to the river passing through a swamp or gorge. But boat-escape only buys a little time if horses are ultimately faster over distance. Then the ...


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The actual quote is We keep it, we can lay it up around Arrow's Peak. Arrow's Peak is a place. They are talking about the idea of leaving the boat behind and moving inland. "Lay it up" refers to pulling the boat out of the water and protecting it against the elements or discovery for later use.


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The other answers have already addressed the physical reasons for Mr. Glass's breathing difficulties within the story. There is, however, also a strong aesthetic component to this which likely makes it a conscious sound design choice beyond the necessity of realistically depicting Hugh Glass's apparent throat problems. The film itself derives much of its ...


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This specific scene was shot in Spray Lake's Provincial Park. Leo's character is actually walking on a frozen lake! Most of the locations shot in Canada are in the Kananaskis and neighboring provincial parks. Seebe/Morley - Native Reserve, Spray Lakes, Kananaskis Country, Dead Man's Flats - 10 Mins outside of Canmore and near an area called Exshaw, ...


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Most likely the horse was trained and it still felt the weight of the dead body thinking there is still someone on top of it. It is also possible that Glass could have used the rope that tied the two horses together to signal.


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Following the river near the the Indian Morley reserve on Google maps I found this location which looks like the location of the opening battle to me. Google map link - https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.150067,-114.909539,441a,35y,90h/data=!3m1!1e3


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If it was filmed at the same location as the rest of the opening battle, then you are looking for the Indian Morley reserve, part of the Stoney Nation. Cannot comment on the exact point where the creek runs unseen under the trees however, so sorry for half an answer. 'Where was The Revenant filmed?' (Atlas Of Wonders)


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It is reasonable to speculate that by the end of the film, the Arikara are aware of Glass's involvement in the rescue of Powaqa, who is clearly visible in the last scene along with Elk Dog. This may go some way to explaining as to why they not only spared Glass, but on clearly seeing that he is now locked in mortal combat with Fitzgerald they also gave him ...


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The Arikara didn't kill Glass because he had saved the life of the Native American woman being raped. She is later seen riding on a horse with the group as they cross the river. It's the story of the Samaritan from the Bible. He was greatly helped by the Native American man who gave home some food and in turn helped others and through his choices he was was ...


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