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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Le pacte des loups (original title)
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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Thomas d'Apcher (as Jérémie Rénier)
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Christian Marc ...
Serviteur Thomas Agé
Karin Kriström ...
Bergère du Rocher
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Virginie Darmon ...
La Bavarde
Vincent Cespedes ...
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Père Georges
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Capitaine Duhamel (as Éric Prat)
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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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The year is 1766... The hunt for a killer has begun


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

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1 February 2002 (USA)  »

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FRF 200,000,000 (estimated)

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CAD 160,102 (Canada) (1 June 2001)

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$10,928,863 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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Two uniquely French breeds of dog are used in this film: Bleu De Gascogne hounds are used during hunting scenes, and a Briard sheepdog accompanies a shepherdess later in the film. See more »

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The metal claw weapons wiggle when struck in some shots, revealing that rubber look-alikes have been substituted for those shots. See more »

Quotes

Jean-Francois de Morangias: So tell me sir, do they speak of the beast in Paris?
Gregoire De Fronsac: Speak of it? They're already singing songs about it.
Geneviève de Morangias: Instead of singing songs, they should be saying prayers.
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References The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) See more »

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An extravagant B-movie from France with all the right matinee-adventure ingredients.
4 February 2002 | by (Colorado Springs, CO) – See all my reviews

This is a grandiose monster movie from France that delivers the perfect blend of slick style and unsophisticated, gothic melodrama to make it one of the most appealing film fantasies in a long while. The international success of the film is not hard to understand; it's exhilarating in the same way that the old Hammer horror films were in their heyday. Everything about this elaborate movie is terrifically tacky, particularly the stunning production design. It's like seeing those artless, wilderness paintings containing hidden animal images come to life. The characters come off as if they were lifted right off of some garish paperback romance-novel cover. Best of all, the film has some nifty flourishes of sex and violence sadly missing from the current spate of half-baked, PG-13 Hollywood product. While some seem to be complaining of one martial-arts fight too many, faulty creature effects or simple-minded plotting; in this case, it's like bitching about KING KONG being over the top. This is a contemporary B-movie (albeit an expensive, subtitled one) for those who appreciate a good time at the movies. It delivers the kind of satisfaction audiences used to get seeing the work of Mario Bava or Ray Harryhausen; and that's saying a lot!


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