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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

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FRF 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

CAD 160,102 (Canada) (1 June 2001)

Gross:

$10,928,863 (USA) (3 May 2002)
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Trivia

Apparently in the belief that no one outside France has any sense of history, the translators writing subtitles omitted a historical reference in old d'Apcher's memoir. The subtitles read, "The Revolution has swept the land," but in French he says, "The Revolution has become the Terror" (this may have been changed in some DVD versions). See more »

Goofs

When de Fronsac gets out of bed after the nightmare and walks to the window, while hearing the band, he lacks the scars on his chest. Both the bear and arrow scars. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Les yeux sans visage (1960) See more »

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Once
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by Felicia Sorensen
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User Reviews

A Rainy Day Extravaganzza
4 August 2004 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

When it is cold and wet and foreboding outside, leaving one to fend for a good escape into fantasy and a time gone by, then this movie DELIVERS. Say whatever you want about miniscule "holes" in the story, or the tedium applied to the cinematography or the excessive use of slow camera effects in the fight sequences, THIS IS ENTERTAINMENT.

This movie carries the viewer into a whole new world- not like the one inhabited by Hobbits and Elves, and other creatures that obviously DO NOT exist- but rather a world of old France where the people are stranger than fiction and the times are changing. Fables meet their demise AND their verification in this film.

It's not a movie I would call a "favorite", but it IS a movie that I consider a "guilty pleasure" on a day that affords me three hours to slip out of my existence and follow a satisfying and well-presented fantasy. Every millimeter of every frame is a work of art, and that alone is worth getting lost in.


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