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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.

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(screenplay) (as Gerard Brach), (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Naoh
... Amoukar
... Gaw (as Nameer El-Kadi)
... Ika
... Rouka - The Ulam Tribe
Naseer El-Kadi ... Nam - The Ulam Tribe
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Aghoo - The Ulam Tribe (as Frank Olivier Bonnet)
Jean-Michel Kindt ... Lakar - The Ulam Tribe
Kurt Schiegl ... Faum - The Ulam Tribe
Brian Gill ... Modoc - The Ulam Tribe
Terry Fitt ... Hourk - The Ulam Tribe
Bibi Caspari ... Gammla - The Ulam Tribe
... Mikr - The Ulam Tribe
Michelle Leduc ... Matr - The Ulam Tribe
... 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 Science Fantasy Adventure


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Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Quest for Fire  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The opening shot was intended to be just a test shot and wound up in the opening scene because it turned out better than expected. 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 »

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[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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Referenced in The Quest for Fire Adventure (1982) See more »

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I forgot what a great film this is
19 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film on the big screen when I was a pre-teen. I recently saw it again and was reminded what a great movie this is.

You don't need to know the languages to understand what is going on. (The characters from different tribes don't know the other languages and they often act out what they need.) This is a movie about the primal fight to survive and how even though they are forced to travel to find a new fire, their experiences expand their horizons in ways they could never have anticipated. If their own fire hadn't gone out they would never have met the cannibals or the clay people, who ultimately hold the key to their survival.

At its core, this is a movie about how although we may look different and have different customs we are all human and what we can learn from each other is irreplaceable.


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