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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Amoukar
Nicholas Kadi ...
Gaw (as Nameer El-Kadi)
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Ika
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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
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Mikr - The Ulam Tribe
Michelle Leduc ...
Matr - The Ulam Tribe
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Tsor - The Ulam Tribe
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Storyline

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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12 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Quest for Fire  »

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$12,500,000 (estimated)
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This prehistoric drama was released in 1981, the same year as the comedy Caveman (1981) and Mel Brooks's History of the World: Part I (1981), the latter of which had a caveman comedy section. These three movies were all first-released in 1981. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Unique prehistoric survival adventure.
22 April 2002 | by (North Hemis) – See all my reviews

Ignore the idiotic negative comments of the naysayers. This is a great film. It boldly creates a world unlike any we've seen before, with dedicated actors going well beyond the call of duty in portraying a life and death struggle for survival under the most harrowing conditions imaginable.

Featuring Claude Agostini's splendid wide-screen cinematography of remote, rainswept landscapes and a rich score by Phillipe Sarde, this movie will take you on a compelling journey that, if nothing else, will clarify the routine creature comforts of our civilized world in a manner more direct than anything you might have previously experienced in a theater.

Jean-Jacques Annaud and collaborators tell their tale with dramatic simplicity and virtually no dialogue, but the points made are powerful. Humanity survives, and will prevail despite our weaknesses and faults. Overall, a remarkable, life-affirming work.


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