IMDb > The Quest for Fire Adventure (1982) (TV)

The Quest for Fire Adventure (1982) (TV) More at IMDbPro »


User Rating:
7.7/10   33 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 14% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for The Quest for Fire Adventure on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
1982 (Canada) See more »
Orson Welles explains the creation process of a unique motion picture, a first of its kind, with contributions from the diverse range of worldwide talents who made it possible. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
An interesting and informative making of documentary See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Orson Welles ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean-Jacques Annaud ... Himself - Director
Anthony Burgess ... Himself

Michael Gruskoff ... Himself - Executive Producer
Desmond Morris ... Himself
Christian Benard ... Himself (uncredited)
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Himself (uncredited)

Rae Dawn Chong ... Herself (uncredited)
Hassannali Damji ... Himself (uncredited)

Peter Elliott ... Himself (uncredited)
Terry Fitt ... Himself (uncredited)
Nicholas Kadi ... Himself (uncredited)
Lolamal Kapisisi ... Himself (uncredited)
John Kemeny ... Himself (uncredited)

Robert Lavoie ... Himself (uncredited)

Everett McGill ... Himself (uncredited)
Sarah Monzani ... Herself (uncredited)

Ron Perlman ... Himself (uncredited)
Kurt Schiegl ... Himself (uncredited)

Gary Schwartz ... Himself (uncredited)

Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rick Sublett 

Produced by
Chuck Ashman .... producer
Gayle Hollenbaugh .... associate producer
Sound Department
Allen Patapoff .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Michel Parbot .... camera operator: Sygma (as Michael Parbot)
Editorial Department
Jerry Davis .... editor: video tape
Don Kline .... post-production director
Penny Paplanus .... post-production assistant
Arden Rynew .... editor: video tape
Other crew
Iris Zurawin .... creative supervisor
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Compact Video Services  post-production facilities (as Compact Video Services, Inc.)
  • Starfax  location photography: United States (as Starfax Inc.)
  • Sygma  location photography: Scotland/Kenya/Canada/England

Additional Details

Also Known As:
23 min
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

In an attempt to provide as much realism as possible, the actors spoke no modern (or ancient) languages in this movie. Instead, the director created a proto-language for this movie based on assumptions and some of the more universal ways of speaking. Despite the lack of "real" dialog, or even subtitles, an excellent understanding is achieved.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Alien: Resurrection (1997)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
An interesting and informative making of documentary, 8 May 2011
Author: Woodyanders ( from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This rather brief (only 23 minutes), but still pretty engrossing and illuminating documentary offers a neat depiction of the difficult production of the ambitious motion picture "Quest for Fire." Director Jean-Jacques Annaud comes across as a very passionate and dedicated fellow; he spent three years alone crafting the script and scouting locations all over the word for this movie. Moreover, the scantly clad or even nude cast members subjected themselves to extremely harsh conditions as they toiled away for sixteen hour days in severe heat or unsparing cold. Noted linguist Anthony Burgess devised a special primitive language while renowned anthropologist Desmond Morris came up with realistic body gestures. Moreover, the whole enterprise was shot completely on location for authenticity. Orson Welles is a real hoot to watch as our incredibly solemn narrator: Speaking with utter sincerity in his trademark deep, plummy, and commanding voice, Welles is so dead serious that he's paradoxically enough often quite unintentionally funny as well. Loaded with choice clips and fascinating behind-the-scenes footage, this documentary is well worth seeing for fans of the film.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (1 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Quest for Fire Adventure (1982)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Saint Ralph Alice in Wonderland Stardust DMT: The Spirit Molecule Chac
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits IMDb Documentary section
IMDb Canada section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.