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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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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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27 January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los lobos no lloran  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$36,385, 10 October 1983, Limited Release

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$29,600,000
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In real life, Farley Mowat's research in the Caribou changed the way humans understand the wolf species. See more »

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The lead claims the wolves eat mice, which he proceeds to eat, but they are voles, not mice (which don't occur in the arctic). See more »

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Rosie: [Sitting with some hunters at a canopied camp table] All together, one thousand four hundred acres, top of the mountain down to the lake. Including mineral rights. But... the real ace in the hole, right now, is the hot spring, right up there. Amazing. Incredible: steaming hot water coming right out of the ground. When I say "hot water," what do you think?
Rosie: [the other two men are silent] Sitting in the bathtub?... Japanese! A little bit of advertising, plenty of raw fish...
Hunter #1: [Chuckling] It's a ...
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Loneliness in the Wilderness
23 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

The researcher Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) 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 (Brian Dennehy) 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 (Zachary Ittimangnaq) 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 (Samson Jorah) 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 was diseased, proving that the wolves are responsible for keeping the caribou strong as told by Ootek. Tyler finds Rosie with two hunters planning to explore the area with tourism and Tyler has an argument with the pilot and returns to the camp. He finds the three offspring but the wolves are missing. Tyler initially suspects of Rosie but when he sees the nervous Mike, he finds that he killed the animals.

"Never Cry Wolf" is a wonderful film with magnificent cinematography and beautiful story based on the biography of the Canadian Farley Mowat. Presently the film gives the sensation of a National Geographic movie but it was very impressive and unique in 1983 when it was released. Maybe this is the best role of Charles Martin Smith, performing a scientist living in the wilderness alone for a long period and understanding the behavior of wolves. Last but not the least, the ecologic concern of this film is ahead of time. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Os Lobos Nunca Choram" ("The Wolves Never Cry")


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