This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

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Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach), J.H. Rosny Sr. (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Everett McGill ... Naoh
Ron Perlman ... Amoukar
Nicholas Kadi ... Gaw (as Nameer El-Kadi)
Rae Dawn Chong ... Ika
Gary Schwartz ... Rouka - The Ulam Tribe
Naseer El-Kadi Naseer El-Kadi ... Nam - The Ulam Tribe
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Aghoo - The Ulam Tribe (as Frank Olivier Bonnet)
Jean-Michel Kindt Jean-Michel Kindt ... Lakar - The Ulam Tribe
Kurt Schiegl Kurt Schiegl ... Faum - The Ulam Tribe
Brian Gill Brian Gill ... Modoc - The Ulam Tribe
Terry Fitt Terry Fitt ... Hourk - The Ulam Tribe
Bibi Caspari Bibi Caspari ... Gammla - The Ulam Tribe
Peter Elliott ... Mikr - The Ulam Tribe
Michelle Leduc Michelle Leduc ... Matr - The Ulam Tribe
Robert Lavoie ... Tsor - The Ulam Tribe
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Storyline

Anthony Burgess created the primitive language for the early humans in this prehistoric adventure about a trio of warriors who travel the savanna, encountering sabre-toothed tigers, mammoths and cannibalistic tribes in search of a flame that would replace the fire their tribe has lost. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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A primeval experience set 80,000 years ago. See more »


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Trivia

The title of this movie in French is "La Guerre du feu" and that is translated to "The War of fire", the German title is "Am anfang war das feuer" which means "At the beginning was the fire" and of course the English title is "Quest for fire". A trivial side note to this trivia, the fact that man living in such close proximity as Africa and on to England, France, and Germany yet all speak different languages reinforces the story line of the movie giving examples that early man was tribal and formed closed groups that depended on each other for survival. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, when they are at the top of the mountain, in the background you can see a vehicle moving amidst the jungle from right to left side of the screen. You have to look very closely, it's very small and can barely be noticed. Sorry. i forgot to note the time but it's somewhere between 54:21 to 55:10. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: 80,000 years ago, man's survival in a vast uncharted land depended on the possession of fire. / For those early humans, fire was an object of great mystery, since no one had mastered its creation. Fire had to be stolen from nature, it had to be kept alive - sheltered from wind and rain, guarded from rival tribes. / Fire was a symbol of power and a means of survival. The tribe who possessed fire, possessed life.
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Alternate Versions

All UK versions are cut by 8 secs and are missing a shot of a wolf on fire. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) See more »

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They say there's no accounting for taste...
12 July 2004 | by nescientSee all my reviews

I saw this film (on VHS rental) so long ago I might have been in it. My (ex) wife & friends thought it was stupid - "What's going on? Nobody's saying anything". I found it mesmerising and have been looking for it ever since (car boot sales, Ebay etc).

OK, if you've two adjacent brain cells, you'll spot the anachronisms and the cheap effects, but credit where it's due for originality and balls - to the director and the backers.

If you're sick of hype and tripe, find it. If you're hooked intravenously to Hollywood pap (as 99.999% of the world's population seem to be) then give it a miss.

Just my 2p.


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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

None | French

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quest for Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Lions Head, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,959,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,962,615
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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