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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


Certificate:

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Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Desmond Morris choreographed the gestural and body language of the characters. See more »

Goofs

The movie is set 80,000 years ago, and they show the one tribe has made pottery. Fragments of ancient pottery found in southern China date back to only 20,000 years, making them the world's oldest known pottery. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Paul Simon/Linda Ronstadt (1987) See more »

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They say there's no accounting for taste...
12 July 2004 | by See 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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