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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 <>

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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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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Ron Perlman's film debut. See more »


In the first shot of the woolly mammoth opening its mouth, stubs of elephant tusks can be seen. 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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Referenced in Ice Age (2002) See more »


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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