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

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

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31 January 2001 (France)  »

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FRF 200,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$48,624 (Australia) (29 November 2002)
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There really was a "Beast of Gevaudan." Historical records of the "Beast's" attacks, which served as inspiration for the movie, allege that it was a wolf-like creature though it was often described with fanciful or demonic elements to its character; including an unusual color, a supposed resistance to bullets, and cloven hooves. Various explanations for the beast's identity and behavior have been proposed over the years, ranging from a mastiff-wolf hybrid trained to wear boar-hide armor to a member of an exotic now extinct Asian Hyena species (in the film the beast is a lion in spiked metal armor). However no evidence has ever been found to suggest anything other than an unusually large and aggressive wolf was the culprit. Officially, as in the film, "The Beast" was a large grey wolf who was shot and killed by the King's hunter in September of 1765. However, further attacks plagued the region until June of 1767 when a local hunter shot and killed a wolf which, upon examination, was found to have human flesh in its stomach, and is now believed to have been the true "Beast of Gevaudan." See more »

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When Chatel is attacked by peasants in the beginning of the movie, he is struck to the right side of his forehead (it is clearly visible, as the wound bleeds profusely). Later in the movie, the bruise and stitches are on the left side. See more »

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Jean-Francois de Morangias: Ghost or not, I'll split you in two.
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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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