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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:
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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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$12,500,000 (estimated)
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The language of the Ivaka tribe heard in the film was derived from the native Inuit / Cree peoples of Northern Canada. However, apparently, their dialogue actually is unintelligible in terms of this film's storyline. See more »

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Early in the movie when the Ulam tribe is being attacked from the cliff above there is a tire clearly visible in the foreground in two shots on the cliff top; the first as a shot showing right after the boulders being pushed over the cliff and then again when the Ulams come up to meet them. 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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Anthropoids galore!
12 January 1999 | by (Encinitas, California) – See all my reviews

One of the elements of this film I liked the most was the realistic depiction of the diversity of anthropoid types that existed in those times. This was executed beautifully and skillfully in the depiction of several diverse tribal groups, explaining the well deserved Oscar for makeup.

When Naoh finds the love of his life in one of these other tribes, it is because there is an element of compatibility both between the cultures and the two individuals supporting the attraction they share. Some of the other groups depicted don't do as well in the tribal intercourse and cultural sharing department, as they tend to eat the individuals from other tribes that they encounter.

Another elements of realism that scores big with me was that there are attacks by wild animals as well as by anthropoids. I also liked the language used by the main tribe, there was a suggestion that the language was evolving right before us as the travelers, having been sent on a quest for fire, returned with quite a bit more to talk about.

This is one of my favorite movies, possibly the most favorite.


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