Never Cry Wolf (1983)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  27 January 1984 (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 <>

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Assignment: The Lupus Project. Purpose: To study Alaskan wolves and determine if they were destroying the vanishing caribou deer. The man they chose expected to confront danger, adventure, solitude, and, he hoped, the truth. But he never expected to embark upon a voyage of self-discovery. One that would ultimately transform his life. See more »


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Los lobos no lloran  »

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Smiling wolves were a problem during filming. The smileys were not actually grimaces but wolves panting. To stop the unwanted look on the camera, animal expert Debbie Coe brought a female Malemute dog to the set, which soon changed the look of the wolves from a smile to a fierce intensity of a mating stealth look. See more »


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] I believe the wolves went off to a wild and distant place somewhere, although I don't really know... because I turned away, and didn't watch them go.
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From my top ten desert island list
25 June 1999 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

You know you're in trouble when the only thing you can pick up on the shortwave is Russian folk music.

Disney at its best. Top-notch cinematography, wonderful sarcastic humor, over-the-top Dennehey acting, beautiful wilderness, man-spoils-what-he-touches, and another ambient score to die for from Mark Isham.

Fricassee of mouse. A surplus of toilet paper and light bulbs. Special magic from the scenes with Ootek right up to the very end. Running naked with the caribou. Outdoor adventure ne plus ultra for the gentle man. But hold onto your shotgun, the entrepreneurs are coming. They'll take you apart, "just for the evil fun of it".

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