The Patterson–Gimlin film is a famous (especially among cryptozoologists), short motion picture of an unidentified subject the film-makers said was the cryptid known as “Bigfoot.” The film-makers were Roger Patterson and Robert “Bob” Gimlin. Patterson died of cancer in 1972 and “maintained right to the end that the creature on the film was real.” Patterson’s friend, Gimlin, has always denied being involved in any part of a hoax with Patterson.

The film has been subjected to many attempts both to debunk and authenticate it. Some scientists who have studied the film have judged it to be a hoax with a man in an ape suit. Other scientists have done studies concluding the subject is perhaps non-human.

Here’s the original (very shaky) Patterson-Gimlin footage:

Now, reddit user ajs_uk stabilized the footage so that is significantly more clear.  Spoiler alert:  it really looks like a man in an ape suit.  Click the image below to play the gif:

Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot Film Stabilized
Click the image to see the Patterson Bigfoot Film stabilized.

In 2002, Philip Morris of Morris Costumes claimed that he made a gorilla costume that was used in the Patterson film.  But Bigfoot “truthers” argue that Morris’ claim was used to garner attention to himself and his shop.  And besides, what about the way the creature walks?  Humans don’t walk like that, right?  Morris responded with the following:

The Bigfoot researchers say that no human can walk that way in the film. Oh, yes they can! When you’re wearing long clown’s feet, you can’t place the ball of your foot down first. You have to put your foot down flat. Otherwise, you’ll stumble. Another thing, when you put on the gorilla head, you can only turn your head maybe a quarter of the way. And to look behind you, you’ve got to turn your head and your shoulders and your hips. Plus, the shoulder pads in the suit are in the way of the jaw. That’s why the Bigfoot turns and looks the way he does in the film. He has to twist his entire upper body.

And so, claims of the film’s authenticity will remain unknown for now, but the evidence surely stacks up on the side of hoax or prank.  For more details, be sure to read through the whole article on Wikipedia.


  • USN69

    The analyst has picked out different things, at different times from different angles. Now, he doesn’t know why the creature did them, but he knows that he did. And so, we have confirmed that he doesn’t know what he’s looking at or what it’s supposed to be, and he sounds pretty sure about it.

  • Barry Wells

    Anyone who believes in Bigfoot is a moron. Although there is more evidence of Bigfoot ( be it fake ) than of any God, and just look at how many people believe in that. The more spectacular the story the more people want to believe it.

  • kilgoretrout56

    I have some film; amazing stuff. I filmed Santa walking in the snow from about 50 feet away. He turns and looks at my camera for a moment and then continues walking away (the opinion is he is returning to his sleigh and reindeer which are off-screen).

    It cannot be a human in a Santa suit; it has to be the real Santa. The beard cannot be fake, even a make-up artist of some renown has confirmed this. The beard is just too real looking. The suit is so uniform in color that it would be extremely hard to fake. If you look closely you can actually see Santa blink and his leg muscles are so different from human legs that he must be an elf!

    Sure, there are lots of Santa hoaxes but you have to see my film. I will soon produce photos with measurements comparing the movement of Santa’s arm to that of a normal human. It’s uncanny and fascinating. There are plenty of scoffers, but they will come around once they are presented with the evidence. We are hoping to submit a DNA sample soon to prove the elf nature of the being. Stay tuned.

  • Looks like he is wearing sneakers or tennis shoes with “no black markings under sides”.

  • logonut

    He walks as if he’s headed to his car.
    So fake.

  • Gregory Brown

    It does not look like a man in an ape suit, furthermore the film shows a female with pronounced breasts. A biometric study of the film has shown the movement of muscles beneath skin, and motion in walking that is not that of a human being.

    • Stad1212

      If anyone would take the time to study Patterson and Gimlin, they would find themselves more inclined to believe the authenticity of the film. Not to be unkind, but P&G were hicks, simple backwoods knuckleheads and there is absolutely no way they could have come up with the planning and the execution of the Bluff Creek film. One is therefore faced with a simple problem: believe in the existence of another member of a well-researched and attested taxonomic family of creatures (homonidae) or believe that two economically challenged, mid-level intellect men suddenly had the finances and the wherewithal to come up with the greatest Bigfoot suit ever created, in 1967.

      • Gregory Brown

        Well said.

        • Stad1212

          Thank you, sir.

      • william biodrowski

        I’ve heard Bob Gimlin talk about his encounter a number of times and he seems quite intelligent. That being said your absolutely right about the film, remarkable footage.

        • Stad1212

          Thanks for the reply. I was reading an article about how extremely hard it was to make an independent film in the mid-60’s (the cameras, lighting, many other technical challenges) and I immediately thought of the Patterson film. After reading that article I am further convinced (from a new angle) that the film was not staged.

  • Elaine Smith

    I Believe there are alot of creatures both on land and sea that haven’t been discovered yet.. I don’t know if bigfoot is an ancestor. ..or just where he came from but I watched that film they didn’t have costumes like that back then…esp with breasts…I watch how that bigfoot walks the arms are long down to the knees and the stride is huge….I’m open to the possibility that this is a relative of ours but for some reason our govt. Doesn’t want us to know too much about his existence. WHY? THERE’S THOUSANDS OF SIGHTINGS AND EVIDENCE PROVING HIS EXISTENCE. ….I WANT THE TRUTH.

  • Michael Smith

    Spoiler alert: it really looks like a man in an ape suit.

    That’s because it’s really a man in an ape suit.

    • william biodrowski

      I hate to spoil your alert, but no it doesn’t.

      • Michael Atkins

        Looks more like a person in a bad gorilla / Lon Chaney Jr. Wolfman suit than it does a primate…

  • Meid_ICH

    If this is a fake, where is the supposed gorilla suit? Until that’s been dug up from somewhere and analyzed as closely as Bigfoot has been demonized, I’ll continue to believe there *is* a bi-pedal great American Ape out there. Next I’ll be told there’s no such thing as a giant squid…

    • Michael Atkins

      Well…no. There’s proof of that. Something you should start requiring before believing. *face palm*

  • Stad1212

    Anyone who does not believe in even the possibility of Bigfoot is not an atheist nor are they an evolutionist. Ignorance is bliss, obviously, but a brief flip through the pages of any Paleontology 101 textbook will reveal hundreds if not thousands of strange creatures that should be much more difficult to believe in than a large, hairy, bipedal member of the hominidae family.

    • Michael Atkins

      Sure, but those things left behind proof. What evidence there is for Bigfoot, one of the world’s biggest / most popular cryptid franchises, is inundated with easily faked, and often proven to be fake, evidence. Biological samples that people get so excited about inevitably come back bear, canine or human / contaminated.

      Anything is possible. But we don’t live in a world where belief supercedes fact. Fact is that Bigfoot is less and less likely to be real with every passing hoax. Hope for the best, expect the worst. Until something concrete shows up, this is just one more Jersey Devil with infinitely more public attention. Hence the proportional enormity of hoaxes / unacceptable evidence.

  • Bierner

    Looks fake. The only man in the world who can even remotely walk like that has come forward, already. Fake….

    Not saying BF is fake…just the footage is.

  • Mr Davis

    so the guy who “made the suit” keeps calling the bigfoot he but the suit has breasts? hmm