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Quest for Fire (1981)
"La guerre du feu" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  12 February 1982 (USA)
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This story takes place in prehistoric time when three prehistoric tribesmen search for a new fire source.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicholas Kadi ...
Gaw (as Nameer El-Kadi)
Rouka - The Ulam Tribe
Naseer El-Kadi ...
Nam - The Ulam Tribe
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ...
Aghoo - The Ulam Tribe (as Frank Olivier Bonnet)
Jean-Michel Kindt ...
Lakar - The Ulam Tribe
Kurt Schiegl ...
Faum - The Ulam Tribe
Brian Gill ...
Modoc - The Ulam Tribe
Terry Fitt ...
Hourk - The Ulam Tribe
Bibi Caspari ...
Gammla - The Ulam Tribe
Mikr - The Ulam Tribe
Michelle Leduc ...
Matr - The Ulam Tribe
Tsor - The Ulam Tribe


Anthony Burgess created the primitive language for the early humans in this prehistoric adventure about a trio of warriors who travel the savanna, encountering sabre-toothed tigers, mammoths and cannibalistic tribes in search of a flame that would replace the fire their tribe has lost. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A Science Fantasy Adventure.


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Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quest for Fire  »

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Box Office


$12,500,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Jean-Jacques Annaud originally discovered Rae Dawn Chong on the beach in Los Angeles. See more »


In one shot there is no smoke coming from Amoukar's lantern, even though the previous and following shots show plenty of smoke billowing from the lantern. See more »


[first lines]
Title Card: 80,000 years ago, man's survival in a vast uncharted land depended on the possession of fire. / For those early humans, fire was an object of great mystery, since no one had mastered its creation. Fire had to be stolen from nature, it had to be kept alive - sheltered from wind and rain, guarded from rival tribes. / Fire was a symbol of power and a means of survival. The tribe who possessed fire, possessed life.
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Creation Of Fire
Conductor - Peter Knight
Orchestra - The London Symphony Orchestra
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The best cave man movie ever!
18 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Okay, there haven't been many cave man flicks and they were all bad except for Quest For Fire. Yes, the mammoths looked a bit like Mr. Snuffolopogus and some of the makeup jobs could've been done better but it's still a great movie.

The story line was captivating and the characters were well-developed. Even though there were no subtitles, I could still understand everything that was being said because of the way the movie was put together.

This flick has it all: Action, adventure, comedy, and romance. I loved it.

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