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Never Cry Wolf (1983)

 -  Adventure | Drama  -  7 October 1983 (USA)
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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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This film dramatizes the true story of Farley Mowat, when he was sent to the Canadian tundra area to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was allegedly doing to the caribou herds. In his struggle to survive in that difficult environment he studies the wolves, and realizes that the old beliefs about wolves and their supposed threat are almost totally false. Furthermore, he learns that humans represent a far greater threat to the land, and also to the wolves, a species which plays an important role in the ecosystem of the north. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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For most of the picture, Charles Martin Smith is the only human actor appearing in the film. See more »

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When Rosie is dumping Tyler's equipment out of his plane before taking off and leaving him, Tyler runs after him as he taxis down the ice. Rose then takes off, leaving Tyler. Since Tyler has run forward, all the equipment should be behind him (and us), but in the final shot of Rosie flying away, the stuff is in front of Tyler and stretching into the distance. See more »

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Tyler: [Narrating] The only plane in Nootsak belonged to a part-time bush pilot, gambler, and real estate tycoon named Rosie Little. While we were negotiating our deal, he introduced me to this drink that he'd invented. Known locally as "Moose Juice," it consisted of equal parts Moose Brand Beer and ethyl alcohol. Before I knew it, my old fear of flying evaporated, and I spent all the money I had left... on 24 cases of beer.
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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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