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La guerre du feu
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Quest for Fire (1981) More at IMDbPro »La guerre du feu (original title)

Quest for Fire -- Three members of a prehistoric tribe that can"t start its own fire are sent in search of a new source when their continuously burning pilot fire is extinguished.


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Gérard Brach (screenplay)
J.H. Rosny Sr. (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
12 February 1982 (USA) See more »
A Science Fantasy Adventure.
This story takes place in prehistoric time when three prehistoric tribesmen search for a new fire source. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Everett McGill ... Naoh

Ron Perlman ... Amoukar
Nicholas Kadi ... Gaw (as Nameer El-Kadi)

Rae Dawn Chong ... Ika

Gary Schwartz ... 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

Peter Elliott ... Mikr - The Ulam Tribe
Michelle Leduc ... Matr - The Ulam Tribe

Robert Lavoie ... Tsor - The Ulam Tribe

Matt Birman ... Morah - The Ulam Tribe
Christian Benard ... Umbre - The Ulam Tribe
Joy Boushel ... The Ulam Tribe (as Joy Boushell)
Lydia Chaban ... The Ulam Tribe
Mary Lou Foy ... The Ulam Tribe
Dena Francis ... The Ulam Tribe
Robert Gondek ... The Ulam Tribe
Hélène Grégoire ... The Ulam Tribe (as Hélène Gregoire)
Sylvie Guilbault ... The Ulam Tribe
Lloyd McKinnon ... The Ulam Tribe
Steve Ramanuskas ... The Ulam Tribe
Georgette Rondeau ... The Ulam Tribe
Rod Bennett ... The Wagabou Tribe
Jacques Demers ... The Wagabou Tribe
Michel Drouet ... The Wagabou Tribe

Michel Francoeur ... The Wagabou Tribe
Charles Gosselin ... The Wagabou Tribe
Bernard Kendall ... The Wagabou Tribe
Benoît Lévesque ... The Wagabou Tribe (as Benoit Levesque)
Joshua Melnick ... The Wagabou Tribe
Jean-Claude Meunier ... The Wagabou Tribe
Alex Quaglia ... The Wagabou Tribe
The Great Antonio ... The Kzamm Tribe
Jacques Caron ... The Kzamm Tribe
Jean-Pierre Gagné ... The Kzamm Tribe
Hercule Gaston Heon ... The Kzamm Tribe

George Buza ... The Kzamm Tribe
Danny Lynch ... The Kzamm Tribe
Butch Lynch ... The Kzamm Tribe
Luke McMasters ... The Kzamm Tribe
Adrian Street ... The Kzamm Tribe
Tarlok Sing Seva ... Tavawa - The Ivaka Tribe
Lolamal Kapisisi ... Firemaker - The Ivaka Tribe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alary ... The Kzamm Tribe (uncredited)
Stéphane Drouet ... Man on Fire (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Annaud 
Writing credits
Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach)

J.H. Rosny Sr. (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Véra Belmont .... co-producer (as Vera Belmont)
Jacques Dorfmann .... co-producer
Michael Gruskoff .... executive producer
Denis Héroux .... producer (as Denis Heroux)
John Kemeny .... producer
Michael D. Moore .... associate producer: in charge of action & animal scenes (as Michael Moore)
Claude Nedjar .... associate producer
Garth Thomas .... associate producer: Europe
Original Music by
Philippe Sarde 
Cinematography by
Claude Agostini (photography)
Film Editing by
Yves Langlois 
Costume Design by
John Hay 
Penny Rose 
Makeup Department
Barbara Alexander .... hair/wigs: Canada
Jenny Arbour .... hair/wigs: Canada
Stuart Artingstall .... hair/wigs: Scotland and Kenya (as Stuart Artinstall)
Pipsan Ayotte .... makeup artist: Canada
Jocelyne Bellemare .... makeup artist: Canada
Suzanne Benoit .... principal makeup artist
Michèle Burke .... head of makeup department: Canada
Michèle Burke .... principal makeup artist: Scotland and Kenya
John Caglione Jr. .... special effects makeup: Canada (as John Caglione)
Normande Campeau .... makeup artist: Canada
Kathryn Casault .... makeup artist: Canada (as Kathryn Cassault)
Luc Champagne .... laboratory technician: makeup, Canada
Josiane Deschamps .... principal makeup artist
Lyne Desmarais .... makeup artist: Scotland and Kenya
Stephan Dupuis .... special effects makeup (as Stéphan Dupuis)
Nick Forder .... makeup artist: Scotland and Kenya
Richard Hansen .... hair/wigs: Canada
Sue Ignatius .... principal makeup artist: Scotland and Kenya (as Sue Frear)
Joan Isaacson .... principal makeup artist
Inge Klaudi .... makeup artist: Canada
Colette Kramer .... makeup artist: Scotland and Kenya
Marie-Josée La Fontaine .... makeup artist: Canada (as Marie-Josée Lafontaine)
André Lafrenière .... hair/wigs: Canada (as Andre Lafreniere)
Ivan Lynch .... hair/wigs: Canada
Kathleen Mifsud .... makeup artist: Canada
Louise Mignault .... makeup artist: Canada
Sarah Monzani .... head of makeup department: Scotland and Kenya
Linda Preston .... makeup artist: Canada
Bob Pritchett .... hair/wigs: Canada
Fautina Recio .... hair/wigs: Canada
Barry Richardson .... hair/wigs: Scotland and Kenya
Frans Sayers .... laboratory technician: makeup, Canada
Marc Seguin .... body painter: Canada
Michel Seguin .... body painter: Canada
Maureen Stephenson .... principal makeup artist: Scotland and Kenya
Micheline Trépanier .... makeup artist: Canada (as Micheline Foisy)
Christopher Tucker .... creative makeup consultant
Denise West .... makeup artist: Canada
Grace Yu .... body painter: Canada
Production Management
Raymond Becket .... unit manager
Peter Bray .... unit manager
Christopher Knowles .... assistant unit manager: Scotland and Kenya (as Chris Knowles)
Stéphane Reichel .... production manager: Canada (as Stephan Reichel)
Doug Smith .... assistant unit manager: Canada
Matthew Vibert .... production manager: Scotland and Kenya
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Bracknell .... first assistant director: Scotland and Kenya
Dominique Cheminal .... first assistant director
John Desormeaux .... second assistant director: Canada
Jennifer Jones .... third assistant director: Canada
Francois Leclerc .... third assistant director: Canada
Terry Pearce .... second assistant director: Scotland and Kenya
Matthew Vibert .... first assistant director: Canada
Michael A. Williams .... second assistant director: Canada (as Michael Williams)
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager: Scotland and Kenya
Enrico Campana .... propman
Clinton Cavers .... art director: Scotland and Kenya
Guy J. Comtois .... production designer: Canada (as Guy Comtois)
Dave Jordan .... property master: Scotland and Kenya (as David Jordan)
Raymond Larose .... assistant art director: Canada
Brian Morris .... production designer: Scotland & Kenya
Brian Payne .... prop master
Claude Simard .... construction manager
Gareth Wilson .... propman
Carl Ramsey .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Martin Ashbee .... dialogue editor
Denis Dupont .... boom man: Scotland and Kenya
David Evans .... sound effects editor
Austin Grimaldi .... re-recording mixer
Joe Grimaldi .... re-recording mixer
Claude Hazanavicius .... location sound mixer
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound supervisor (as Ken Heeley-Ray)
Kevin Ward .... sound effects editor
Don White .... foley recording mixer
Don White .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Martin Malivoire .... special effects supervisor: Canada
Mark Molin .... special effects technician: Canada
David Neil Trifunovich .... special effects technician: Canada (as Neil Trifunovich)
Joe Campassi .... animal stunts
Bonnie Gruen .... stunt performer
Shawn Gruskoff .... animal stunts
Tim Huleatt .... stunt performer
Karin McElhatton .... animal stunts (as Karin Dew)
Dwayne McLean .... stunt performer
Brian McMillan .... animal stunts
Brent Meyer .... stunt performer
Jeff Wincott .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Anscombe .... first assistant cameraman: Scotland and Kenya (as Ronnie Anscombe)
Christophe Bonnière .... second assistant cameraman: Scotland and Kenya
George Bottos .... first assistant cameraman: Scotland and Kenya
Jock Brandis .... generator operator: Canada
Carlo Campana .... grip
Pierre Charpentier .... grip: Canada
Andy Chmura .... camera operator: Canada
Michel Chohin .... grip: Scotland and Kenya
Patrick Clune .... second assistant cameraman: Canada
John Daoust .... grip: Canada (as Johnny Daoust)
Greg Farrow .... first assistant cameraman: Canada
Michel Girard .... second assistant cameraman: Canada
Paul Gravel .... first assistant cameraman: Canada
Robert Guertin .... first assistant cameraman: Canada
Ernst Haas .... still photographer
Frieder Hocheim .... best boy (as Frieder Hochheim)
David Hynes .... electrician: Canada
Maris H. Jansons .... gaffer (as Maris Jansons)
Emmanuel Lepine .... grip: Canada (as Emanuel Lepine)
Larry Lynn .... second assistant cameraman: Scotland and Kenya
Paul Morin .... second assistant cameraman: Canada
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Al Smith .... principal camera operator
Adam Swica .... electrician: Canada
Paul Van der Linden .... camera operator: Canada (as Paul Van Der Linden)
Keith Woods .... second camera operator: Scotland and Kenya
Casting Department
Andrée Champagne .... casting: Montreal
Dominique Cheminal .... casting: Nairobi
Ellen Chenoweth .... casting: Los Angeles
Lesley De Pettit .... casting: London (as Lesley De Pettitt)
Karen Hazzard .... casting: Toronto
Mamade .... casting: Paris
Lois Planco .... casting: New York
Arden R. Ryshpan .... casting: Montreal (as Arden Ryshpan)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Briony Anderson .... wardrobe: Scotland and Kenya
Fabienne April .... wardrobe assistant: Canada
Renée April .... wardrobe mistress
Sylvie Bellemare .... wardrobe assistant: Canada
Blanche-Danielle Boileau .... assistant costume designer (as Blanche Boileau)
Marianne Coulon .... wardrobe assistant: Canada
Mario Davignon .... wardrobe assistant: Canada
Maureen Gurney .... wardrobe assistant: Canada
Colin On .... costumes: mammoth, Scotland and Kenya
Johanne Prégent .... wardrobe assistant: Canada (as Johanne Pregent)
Martin Sauve .... wardrobe assistant: Canada
Janty Yates .... wardrobe: Scotland and Kenya (as Janet Yates)
Editorial Department
Glenn Berman .... assistant editor
Thomas Metzger .... color timer
Location Management
Rick Anderson .... location manager: Kenya
Music Department
William Flageollet .... music mixer
Peter Knight .... conductor
Michel Larmand .... music producer
Michel Sanvoisin .... musician: flute
Syrinx .... musician: pan flute
Transportation Department
Rick Disensi .... driver captain: Canada
Joe Sanchez .... driver
Other crew
Laurence Duval Annaud .... assistant to the director (as Laurence Duval)
Laurence Duval Annaud .... script supervisor (as Laurence Duval)
Anthony Burgess .... creator: special languages
Paul Cadiou .... production accountant: Scotland and Kenya
Jimmy Chipperfield .... animal consultant: Scotland and Kenya
Valerie Craig .... production assistant: Scotland and Kenya
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicity: Canada, David Novek & Associates
Philippe Druillet .... poster designer
Peter Elliott .... coach: body movement
Karen Fried .... assistant to the producer
Jack Fritz .... production secretary: Scotland and Kenya (as Jackie Fritz)
Laura Grumitt .... contact: London (as Laura Grummitt)
Michael Gruskoff .... presenter
Joanne T. Harwood .... script supervisor: Canada
Angela Heald .... production coordinator: Scotland and Kenya
Ralph Helfer .... animal consultant: Canada
Desmond Jones .... coach: body movement
Bob Jordan .... performer coordinator: Scotland and Kenya
Kay Larlham .... production accountant: Canada
Luise Massari .... production secretary: Canada
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer
Desmond Morris .... creator: body language and gestures
Chris Nixon .... unit publicity: Scotland and Kenya, David Novek & Associates
Wilma Palm .... production comptroller
Barbara Shrier .... production coordinator
Richard Alary .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jean Christopher .... script assistant (uncredited)
Norma Dell'Agnese .... dubbing: "Ika" (uncredited)
Wayne Drury .... the producers wish to express their appreciation to: for his support
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"La guerre du feu" - Canada (original title)
"The War of Fire" - International (English title) (literal title)
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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R13 (re-rating) | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (1991) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:R | West Germany:12

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The opening shot was intended to be just a test shot and wound up in the opening scene because it turned out better than expected.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In one scene, when they are at the top of the mountain, in the background you can see a vehicle moving amidst the jungle from right to left side of the screen. You have to look very closely, it's very small and can barely be noticed. Sorry. i forgot to note the time but it's somewhere between 54:21 to 55:10.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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Anthropoids galore!, 12 January 1999
Author: Don Muvo from Encinitas, California

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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