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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Samuel Le Bihan ... Grégoire de Fronsac

Vincent Cassel ... Jean-François

Émilie Dequenne ... Marianne

Monica Bellucci ... Sylvia

Jérémie Renier ... Thomas d'Apcher (as Jérémie Rénier)

Mark Dacascos ... Mani
Jean Yanne ... Comte de Morangias
Jean-François Stévenin ... Sardis

Jacques Perrin ... Thomas Agé

Johan Leysen ... Beauterne

Bernard Farcy ... Laffont

Edith Scob ... Mme de Morangias (as Édith Scob)
Hans Meyer ... Marquis d'Apcher
Virginie Darmon ... La Bavarde

Philippe Nahon ... Jean Chastel
Eric Prat ... Capitaine Duhamel (as Éric Prat)
Jean-Loup Wolff ... Duc de Moncan
Bernard Fresson ... Mercier
Christian Marc ... Serviteur Thomas Agé
Karin Kriström ... Bergère du Rocher
Vincent Cespedes ... Soldat
Jean-Paul Farré ... Père Georges
Pierre Lavit ... Jacques
Michel Puterflam ... Evèque de Mende
Nicolas Vaude ... Maxime des Forêts
Max Delor ... Noble Agé
Christian Adam ... Noble Agé
Jean-Pierre Jackson ... Noble Diner

Nicky Naudé ... La Fêlure (as Nicky Naude)
Daniel Herroin ... Blondin

Gaëlle Cohen ... La Loutre
Virginie Arnaud ... La Pintade

Charles Maquignon ... Valet Maison Teissier
Frankie Pain ... La Tessier (as Franckie Pain)
Isabelle Le Nouvel ... La Prostituée Brunette
Albane Fioretti ... Prostituée Teissier
Clarice Plasteig dit Caffou ... Prostituée Teissier (as Clarice Plasteig dit Cassou)
Delphine Hivernet ... Valentine
Juliette Lamboley ... Cécile

Gaspard Ulliel ... Louis
Pierre Castagne ... Père de Cécile (as Pierre Castagné)
Stéphane Pioffet ... Paysan
Eric Laffitte ... Un Villageois
Eric Delcourt ... Aide de Camp Beauterne
André Penvern ... Buffon
Christelle Droy ... Bergère Dollines
Andres Fuentes ... Paysan Chaumière
Nadine Marcovici ... Jeanne
Jean-Claude Braquet ... Pierre
David Bogino ... Lanceur de Couteaux
Emanuel Booz ... Officier Bucher (as Emmanuel Booz)
François Hadji-Lazaro ... Machemort (as François Hadji Lazaro)

Pascal Laugier ... Assistant de Machemort
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olivier Colat-Parros ... Hands Fronsac - taxidermy sequence (uncredited)

Directed by
Christophe Gans 
Writing credits
Stéphane Cabel (original scenario)

Stéphane Cabel (adaptation) &
Christophe Gans (adaptation)

Produced by
Emmanuel Gateau .... consulting producer
Richard Grandpierre .... producer
Samuel Hadida .... producer
Katerina Mattingley .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joseph LoDuca 
Cinematography by
Dan Laustsen 
Film Editing by
Xavier Loutreuil 
Sébastien Prangère 
David Wu 
Casting by
Nathalie Cheron 
Brigitte Moidon 
Bernard Savin Pascaud 
Production Design by
Guy-Claude François 
Art Direction by
François Decaux 
Thierry François 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Aucomte 
Denis Bourgier 
Catherine Jarrier-Prieur 
Costume Design by
Dominique Borg 
Makeup Department
Sabrina Bernard .... additional makeup artist
Christine Dendeleuf .... hair stylist
Reynald Desbant .... hair stylist
Virginie Duranteau .... hair stylist
Lise Gaillaguet .... makeup artist
Stéphanie Guillon .... additional makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin .... key hair stylist
Sophie Harvey .... makeup artist
Marie-Pierre Hattabi .... hair stylist
Morgan Hildebrand .... special makeup effects artist
Kameleon .... special makeup effects artist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Delphine Lacaze .... hair stylist
Didier Lavergne .... key makeup artist
Isabelle Legay .... hair stylist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Nathalie Louichon .... makeup artist
Dominique Magnier .... makeup artist
Mario Messere .... hair stylist
Gerald Mignotte .... special makeup effects artist
Frédérique Ney .... key makeup artist
John Nollet .... hair stylist: Monica Bellucci
Cécile Pellerin .... makeup artist
Caroline Philiponnat .... hair stylist
Darren Robinson .... animatronics designer
Myriam Roger .... hair stylist
Lyda Sanchez .... hair stylist
Mathieu Thomasin .... tattoo designer
Production Management
Alain Agostini .... unit production manager
Claude Albouze .... production manager
Jean-Louis Bergamini .... assistant unit manager
Laurent Chiomento .... assistant unit manager
Thierry Chuinard .... unit manager
Anne Ferignac .... unit manager
Emmanuel Libermann .... assistant unit manager
Virginia Lombardo .... unit manager
Franklin Pedrosa .... unit manager
Julien Pruvot .... unit manager
Jérôme Servant .... assistant unit manager
Christophe Vialaret .... uncredited
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fanny Aubrespin .... assistant director: second unit
David Campi-Lemaire .... second assistant director
Cheyenne Corre .... assistant director
Yann Cuinet .... assistant director: second unit
William Gereghty .... second unit director
Jordane LaFourcade .... assistant director
Thierry Le Roch .... assistant director
Shaun O'Dell .... second unit director
Marie Rolindes .... trainee assistant director: second unit
Lionel Steketee .... first assistant director
Marc-Antoine Trani .... third assistant director
Marcus Trani .... trainee assistant director
Thomas Tréfouel .... assistant director: second unit
Lionel Steketee .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
Chloé Cambournac .... assistant production designer
Arnaud Denis .... sculptor
Jacky Hardouin .... carpenter
Yvan Hart .... plasterer
Mathieu Lauffray .... conceptual designer
Francis Poirier .... sculptor
Thierry Segur .... storyboard artist
Olivier Colat-Parros .... model makeup animal (uncredited)
Olivier Colat-Parros .... taxidermist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Nicolas Becker .... sound designer
Yannick Boulot .... sound recordist
Fabrice Conesa .... sound effects editor (as Fabrice Conesa Alcolea)
Colette Constantini .... sound editor
Jean De Sagey .... adr recordist
Francesca Dodd .... assistant sound editor
Patrick Dodd .... sound mixer
François Fayard .... sound editor
Vincent Guillon .... sound editor
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Florent Lavallée .... sound mixer
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Alexis Place .... sound editor
Leslie Shatz .... sound mixer
Stéphane Soye .... boom operator
Pierre Tucat .... boom operator
Thanos Kazakos .... additional adr recordist (uncredited)
Ann Scibelli .... sound designer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Seb Caudron .... special effects supervisor
Igor Chevalier .... beast designer
Jamie Courtier .... animatronic effects
Alain Couty .... special effects
Richard Darwin .... animatronic model designer
Georges Demétrau .... special effects
Sylvian Fabre .... special effects
Max Garnier .... special effects
Simon Hewitt .... mechanics
Jean-Claude Houbart .... special effects
Mark Hunter .... senior animatronics technician
Catherine Macresy .... special effects technician
Adrian Parish .... animatronic designer
François Philippi .... special effects
Simon Williams .... animatronic engineer
Karen Purvis .... animatronic designer: The Jim Henson Creature Shop (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Christopher Anthony .... visual effects
Jérôme Arthuis .... grading coodinator: Duboicolor
Stephanie Aubriot .... digital artist
Philippe Aubry .... Inferno artist
Christophe Belena .... scan and conforming technician: Duboicolor
Clare Burgess .... assistant visual effects editor
Seb Caudron .... visual effects supervisor
Alex de Heus .... motion control operator
Gavin Digby .... digital compositor
Nick Drew .... visual effects coordinator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
François Dupuy .... I/O supervisor
Sylvian Fabre .... digital artist
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor
Laetitia Gabrielli .... CG artist
Pierre Genin .... visual effects: CG artist
Karen Halliwell .... creature supervisor
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... technical director: DuboiColor
Philippe Huberdeau .... Inferno artist assistant
Abdel Ali Kassou .... processing: DuboiColor
Stéphane Keller .... digital matte painter
Emmanuel Le Courbe .... digital compositor
Tina Lin .... scan and conforming technician: Duboicolor
Jamie Lochhead .... digital compositor
Arnaud Mayet .... lead texture artist
Arnaud Mayet .... matte painter
Jolene McCaffrey .... digital compositor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Adam McInnes .... supervising compositor
Antoine Moulineau .... CG artist
Jeff Newton .... digital effects artist
Collette Nunes .... vfx coordinator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Jean-René Nébot .... digital color grader
Schafer-Davies Oliver .... digital compositor
Christophe Richard .... digital artist
Karim Sahai .... digital compositor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Dusan Strugar .... cg supervisor
Val Wardlaw .... visual effects supervisor: Henson's Creature Shop
Richenda Wheeler .... lead animator
Arthur Windus .... visual effects producer: Henson's Creature Shop
Alex Wuttke .... visual effects
Sarah Micallef .... runner: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Roma O'Connor .... head of production (uncredited)
Frédéric Alhinho .... stunts
Virginie Arnaud .... stunts
Joëlle Baland .... horse stunts
Joseph Beddelem .... stunts
Didier Biddar .... stunts
Patrice Boutroux .... horse stunts
Vincent Cespedes .... stunt performer: soldier
Ken Chung .... assistant stunt coordinator
Gaëlle Cohen .... stunts
Jérôme Colas .... stunts
Patrice Cossoneau .... horse stunts
Hugues Dalmagro .... horse stunts
Thierry Delhilf .... stunt performer: soldier
Gil Demurger .... stunt coordinator
Jean-Jacques Desplanque .... stunt double
Richard Dieux .... stunt coordinator
Pascale Dinizani .... stunt double (as Pascale Denizane)
Alain Figlarz .... stunts
Jérôme Gaspard .... stunt double: Samuel Le Bihan
Jean Gouello .... horse stunts
Thierry Guerrib .... stunt performer: soldier
Cyrille Hertel .... stunt performer: soldier
Karim Hocini .... stunt performer: soldier
Emmanuel Lanzi .... stunt performer: soldier
Mario Luraschi .... horse stunts
Pascal Madura .... horse stunts
Alberto Martello .... stunts
Pascal Mercuri .... stunt double (as Pascal Mercury)
Alexis Ngo .... assistant stunt coordinator
Stéphane Orsolani .... stunt double: Soldier
Sébastien Peres .... stunt performer: soldier
Gilbert Perez .... stunt double: Samuel le Bihan
Cyril Raffaelli .... stunts
Leslie Rain .... horse stunts (as Leslie Rain-Goranson)
Catherine Robert .... stunt double
Thierry Saelens .... stunt double
Olivier Schneider .... stunt double
Michaël Troude .... stunts
Frédéric Vallet .... stunts
Frédéric Vallée .... stunts
Jackie Yeung .... stunt coordinator (as Yueng Tak Ngai)
Camera and Electrical Department
Boris Abaza .... additional assistant camera
Pierre Abraham .... chief electrician
Damien Auriol .... grip
Lionel Bailly .... electrician
Hamia Benyekkou .... electrician
Jean-Luc Bezeau .... key grip
Eric Bialas .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Stéphane Birzin .... grip
Serge Bouali .... electrician
Maurice Bricler .... grip
Éric Brun .... first assistant "b" camera
Vincent Buron .... first assistant camera
David Campbell .... crane operator: Technocrane
Eric Caro .... still photographer
Claire Caroff .... focus puller
Pascal Clément .... electrician
Maxime Cointe .... assistant camera
Hervé Denis .... electrician
Alain Dondin .... electrician
Roland Dondin .... electrician
Jean-François Drigeard .... rigging gaffer
Jean-Marc Duez .... grip
Hugues Espinasse .... clapper loader
Jan Gagnaire .... grip
Denis Garnier .... clapper loader
Pierre Garnier .... grip
Michel Gonckel .... chief electrician
Rodolphe Gonckel .... electrician (as Rudolph Gonckel)
Alain Herpe .... assistant camera
Philippe Houdart .... camera operator
Malek Krimed .... video assistant
Eric Larsen .... grip
Pierre-Yves Le Mée .... grip
Pascal Lombardo .... electrician
Laurent Martin .... grip
Fabrice Mignot .... electrician
Steve Moreau .... second assistant camera
David Nissen .... first assistant camera
Shaun O'Dell .... director of photography: second unit
Stéphane Paillard .... assistant camera
Benjamin Speyer .... crane technician grip
Michel Strasser .... grip
Jean-Pierre Supe .... first assistant camera
Valerio Villalba .... focus puller: second unit
Jean-Pierre Voisin .... electrician
Gilles Minvielle .... additional grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
John Stephenson .... animation director
Dusan Strugar .... sequence director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniel Bihin .... key costumer
Caroline de Tugny .... patina & tint
Sandrine Douat .... wardrobe
Chantal Glasman .... costumer
Elsa Le Guichard .... wardrobe
Sylvie Lemaire .... wardrobe (as Sylvie Campi-Lemaire)
Marie Morel .... wardrobe
Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz .... costumer assistant
Editorial Department
Lionel Cassan .... assistant editor
David Hamme .... colorist
Yvan Lucas .... color timer
Jean-René Nébot .... digital color timer
Christophe Pinel .... assistant editor
Carlos Pinto .... apprentice editor
Music Department
Scott Davidson .... assistant music editor
Jedd Harr .... conductor
Joseph LoDuca .... conductor
Randall Monday .... music editor
Randall Monday .... music engineer
Transportation Department
Vincent Servant .... driver: cast
Olivier Suffert .... driver: Christophe Gans
Other crew
Sandra Benhamou .... production secretary
Cheyenne Corre .... personal assistant
André Couture .... harnessing
Fabrice Couture .... harnessing
Caroline Gautier .... production secretary
Piers Hampton .... project producer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
François Hardy .... harnessing
Fréderic Hardy .... harnessing
Penny Hayler .... runner: Jim Henson's Creature Shop: animatronic shoot
Patrick Kesteloot .... harnessing
Philip Kwok .... fight choreographer
Thierry Le Portier .... wolves trainer
Virginia Lombardo .... assistant location manager
Colette Martin .... production accountant
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Pierre Selinger .... legal services
Claudine Strasser .... script supervisor
Valentine Traclet .... script supervisor
Thierry Valletoux .... reportage
Nicolas Boukhrief .... special thanks
Thierry Cazals .... special thanks
François Cognard .... special thanks
Michael Cooper .... special thanks
Jean-Pierre Jackson .... special thanks
Albert Lamorisse .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Le pacte des loups" - France (original title)
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Rated R for strong violence and gore, and sexuality/nudity
142 min | 152 min (director's cut)
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There actually was a Beast of Gévaudan (La Bête du Gévaudan) which was a real wolf-like creature that prowled the Auvergne and South Dordogne regions of France during the years 1764 to 1767, killing about 100 people, often in bizarre circumstances.See more »
Continuity: The young Marquis d'Apcher is wounded on his right arm during the fight with the beast. Later, it is his left arm that is bandaged.See more »
Mani:All women have the same color when the candle is out.See more »
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37 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
No classic, but with food for thought, thrills AND Monica Bellucci naked, go for it., 22 December 2001
Author: Victor Field from London, England

The presence of Robert DeNiro and Charles Grodin in "Midnight Run" seemed to cause many people to wildly overrate that standard action movie; similarly, the we-hate-Forrest-Gump crowd approached the quietly compelling "Cast Away" with too much prejudice to view it fairly. In "Brotherhood of the Wolf" (the English-language title of "Le Pacte des loups"), a character says that lies told in Latin can be seen as truth; the fact that this is a commercial film in French (with subtitles so you can fool yourself into feeling clever that you're watching an art movie) may explain why some are very, very enthusiastic about it. Not that the movie doesn't deserve praise (it does in a lot of ways); it's just that I wonder if they'd have been as impressed had it been the identical film shot in English and with an American cast (or with Americans other than Mark Dacascos).

Based on the French tale of a deadly creature that roamed the Gallic countryside in the 18th century and was never caught, "Le Pacte des loups" plays like a better, more coherent, more frightening version of "Sleepy Hollow," with the representative from the major city (Samuel le Bihan)and his Iroquois Indian blood brother (Dacascos) sent to investigate the gruesome goings-on, and gradually finding out there's far more than meets the eye - although unlike "Sleepy Hollow," which went overboard with the decapitations, the murders are kept to a minimum in the early going (we do see the beast attacking two of its female victims (the beast only attacks women and children) in the first half, but most of the details are kept to our imaginations... unlike later on in the movie). The movie takes its time setting the pace and mood, slipping in a few clues to the resolution - one hint: watch out for the gun - and risking losing the audience because it really is pretty methodical; but once all the main characters have been introduced, and once past the halfway point, the movie really starts to deliver.

Director/co-writer Christophe Gans leaves several narrative threads hanging, but barring a few plot holes this doesn't damage the movie's overall effect because so much stuff is woven into it; the tunnel vision of several of the characters, religious symbolism, conspiracy, a hint of incest between a crippled aristocratic hunter (Vincent Cassel) and his sister (Emilie Dequenne) that comes up in a crucial moment of the plot... provided you don't think it over too much afterwards (for starters, why does the beast not go after men?), or simply think on the movie's impressive visuals (the first fight scene and several thereafter are in slow motion, but when le Bihan launches an attack on the baddies towards the end - for reasons I won't divulge here - they come in regular speed; some of the CGI effects are a bit awkward, but the work of Jim Henson's Creature Shop is thankfully less like the Bloop in "Lost in Space" and more like their usual effective stuff, with a creature guaranteed to give you nightmares), it works just fine.

Mention should also be made of the fine score from Joseph LoDuca, no stranger to scoring uncharacteristically zesty historical stories after Hercules and Xena - his cue for our heroes going hunting and the final scene are standouts, although I could have lived without that song over the credits (sung in English, by the way); of the cast's acting, with special nods to Cassel, Dacascos, and Monica Bellucci as the prostitute who turns out to be more involved with the plot than it appears (if only American actors (and while we're at it, British ones) were as multilingual as their Continental counterparts); and of the brutal but effective fight scenes, with a particularly impressive climax. While this isn't the all-timer some say it is (that first hour IS a problem), I enjoyed it in the end; despite its reputation, French cinema has always had its accessible offerings (let's not forget it gave us "Diva," Brigitte Bardot, "La Cage aux Folles" and Luc Besson, "The Fifth Element" notwithstanding), and this is further proof.

As for Monica Bellucci naked - definitely one of the most memorable (and unlike the other ones, decidedly pleasant) moments in the movie, with Gans throwing in an amazing dissolve from Miss Bellucci's topography to that of the French mountains. For once, Jim Henson's Creature Shop doesn't contribute the most impressive bodywork to a film.

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