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Quest for Fire (1981)

La guerre du feu (original title)
This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Writers:

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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The Future Began-80,000 Years Ago See more »


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R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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:

€40,602,910, 31 December 1981
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

La guerre du feu, the novel by J.-H. Rosny Aîné, is credited in the edition by Presses de la Cité, instead of the original literary source. That editor promoted a new edition in 1982, in the wake of the film's success. See more »

Goofs

In the first shot of the woolly mammoth opening its mouth, stubs of elephant tusks can be seen. 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 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Beer Bad (1999) See more »

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Unique prehistoric survival adventure.
22 April 2002 | by jckruizeSee all my reviews

Ignore the idiotic negative comments of the naysayers. This is a great film. It boldly creates a world unlike any we've seen before, with dedicated actors going well beyond the call of duty in portraying a life and death struggle for survival under the most harrowing conditions imaginable.

Featuring Claude Agostini's splendid wide-screen cinematography of remote, rainswept landscapes and a rich score by Phillipe Sarde, this movie will take you on a compelling journey that, if nothing else, will clarify the routine creature comforts of our civilized world in a manner more direct than anything you might have previously experienced in a theater.

Jean-Jacques Annaud and collaborators tell their tale with dramatic simplicity and virtually no dialogue, but the points made are powerful. Humanity survives, and will prevail despite our weaknesses and faults. Overall, a remarkable, life-affirming work.


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