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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
"Le pacte des loups" (original title)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Horror  |  1 February 2002 (USA)
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In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Marc ...
Serviteur Thomas Agé
Karin Kriström ...
Bergère du Rocher
Virginie Darmon ...
La Bavarde
Vincent Cespedes ...
Thomas d'Apcher (as Jérémie Rénier)
Hans Meyer ...
Jean-Paul Farré ...
Père Georges
Pierre Lavit ...
Eric Prat ...
Capitaine Duhamel (as Éric Prat)


In 1765 something was stalking the mountains of central France. A 'beast' that pounced on humans and animals with terrible ferocity. Indeed they beast became so notorious that the King of France dispatched envoys to find out what was happening and to kill the creature. By the end, the Beast of Gevaudan had killed over 100 people, to this day, no one is entirely sure what it was, wolf? hyena? or something supernatural? Whatever it was, shepherds had the same life-expectancy as the red-suited guys in 'Star Trek'. The Beast is a popular myth in France, albeit one rooted firmly in reality; somewhat surprisingly it is little known to the outside world, and perhaps incredibly it has never been made into a movie. Until now... Based on the true story of the Beast of the Gevaudan that terrorized France in the mid-XVIIIth century, the movie aims to tell first and explain afterwards. In the first part, a special envoy of the King of France, altogether biologist, explorer and philosopher, arrives... Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office


FRF 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 160,102 (Canada) (1 June 2001)


$48,624 (Australia) (29 November 2002)

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All the primary characters, except the Native American Mani, actually existed and lived during reign of King Louis XV. See more »


In the "final" fighting scene by the ruins, the wire that makes one of the women "fly" is visible when she lands in the leaves. See more »


Jean-Francois de Morangias: You are too late. The beast is immortal.
Gregoire de Fronsac: IT may be immortal, but YOU aren't!
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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »


by Felicia Sorensen
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A brilliant genre film ...
24 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Candle-lit interior cinematography, lush misty landscapes, strong characters, exquisite costumes, an authentic boudoir recreation of 18th century French society, a new kind of savage 'monster' and some of the finest stylized fight scenes ever laid down in a 'genre' film, place "Brotherhood of the Wolf" among the classiest horror adventure films of all time.

Great moments include the culminating rage of Samuel Le Bihan's gentlemanly character 'Fronsac' who explodes into a Conan-like fury as he meets out 'justice' to those that wronged his Iroquois-Mohawk 'blood brother' played by Marc Dacascos, Vincent Cassel suitably creepy as the decadent 'Morangias', sensuous Monica Belluci as the dangerous and vicious 'Sylvia', interesting historical plot-points, and a bond of friendship between an unlikely pair of frontier adventurers, make director Christopher Gans "Brotherhood of the Wolf" an original masterpiece of 'genre' film-making...

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