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Never Cry Wolf (1983)

A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Farley Mowat / Tyler
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Rosie
Zachary Ittimangnaq ...
Ootek
Samson Jorah ...
Mike
Hugh Webster ...
Drunk
Martha Ittimangnaq ...
Woman
Tom Dahlgren ...
Hunter #1
Walker Stuart ...
Hunter #2
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The researcher Tyler is assigned by his government to travel to the Arctic to study the wolves that they believe are responsible for the reduction of the caribou population. The reckless pilot Rosie takes him to the wilderness and he is left alone with his supply in an extremely cold spot. He is saved by the local Ootek that is traveling with his dog sledding. He builds a shelter for Tyler and organizes his supplies. Tyler finds two wolves that he calls George and Angeline and their three offspring and he examines his excrement to learn what they eat. Soon he discovers that the wolves eat only mice and Tyler decides to do the same to prove to the government that the wolves do not eat caribous. Ootek returns with his friend Mike that speaks English and translates what Ootek say. The trio stays together and Tyler learns that Mike is a hunter. Mike travels with Ootek by canoe to see a herd of caribou that is attacked by a pack of wolves. Tyler examines the bones and finds that the animal... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They Thought He Couldn't Do the Job. That's Why They Chose Him. See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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PG | See all certifications »

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27 January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los lobos no lloran  »

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For a period of around four months during principal photography, lead Charles Martin Smith was the only actor on the set. See more »

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According to Tyler's background narrations, it is early April when the snow melts and the lake is completely unfrozen by early May. In reality, snow in the Arctic doesn't melt until June. See more »

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Rosie: We're all of us prospectors up here, eh, Tyler? Scratchin' for that... that one crack in the ground. Never have to scratch again. I'll let you in on a little secret, Tyler: the gold's not in the ground. The gold's not anywhere up here. The real gold is south of 60 - sittin' in livin' rooms, stuck facin' the boob tube, bored to death. Bored to death, Tyler.
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A Cure for Rabid Delusions
12 January 2003 | by (Yarblesville) – See all my reviews

Dogs are man's best friend for a reason. Socially, they are not much different from us, and both species know it. It's the subject of some scientific conjecture whether man would have survived his early predators had it not been for dogs, who warned of danger and probably even helped to defend us. Early dogs would have been much closer in temperament to wolves -- hardly pets. Only god knows to what degree we have influenced each other's evolution over the ages.

This film figures our relationship to the canine family must be pretty intimate, saying, in essence, that if you can't see yourself in a wolf, you probably can't see yourself at all. Wolves have families, challenge each other for social dominance, and goof around a lot. (I would have preferred that the photography and juxtaposition speak for themselves, but it's a quibbling point.) This is where a mere nature documentary would wrap.

This film is the work of an artist. (Well, two, actually: Farley Mowat and Carroll Ballard.) The lone wolf, the observer, is the analogue for the scientist/artist who is telling us this story. The government wants him to conform to (and thereby justify) its lies, but fortunately the carbon forms are blown away by the wind early. He's going to have to see with his own eyes now, and like all the best films, the message is the same: you are what you see. Of particular interest in this film is the dialectic between society and individuality, which has never been so visually compelling.

The complexity of the characters and the situation causes some people to commend the film for being what it is. That's just patting it on the head. Never Cry Wolf is the best antidote I know of for all the rabid delusions of religion, myth, and science that infect our pack. Put it at the top of your list.




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