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Never Cry Wolf (1983)

A government researcher, sent to research the "menace" of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species.

Director:

Carroll Ballard

Writers:

Farley Mowat (based on the book by), Curtis Hanson (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Martin Smith ... Farley Mowat / Tyler
Brian Dennehy ... Rosie
Zachary Ittimangnaq Zachary Ittimangnaq ... Ootek
Samson Jorah Samson Jorah ... Mike
Hugh Webster Hugh Webster ... Drunk
Martha Ittimangnaq Martha Ittimangnaq ... Woman
Tom Dahlgren Tom Dahlgren ... Hunter #1
Walker Stuart Walker Stuart ... Hunter #2
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Storyline

The researcher Tyler is assigned by his government to travel to the Arctic to study the wolves that they believe are responsible for the reduction of the caribou population. The reckless pilot Rosie takes him to the wilderness and he is left alone with his supply in an extremely cold spot. He is saved by the local Ootek that is traveling with his dog sledding. He builds a shelter for Tyler and organizes his supplies. Tyler finds two wolves that he calls George and Angeline and their three offspring and he examines his excrement to learn what they eat. Soon he discovers that the wolves eat only mice and Tyler decides to do the same to prove to the government that the wolves do not eat caribous. Ootek returns with his friend Mike that speaks English and translates what Ootek say. The trio stays together and Tyler learns that Mike is a hunter. Mike travels with Ootek by canoe to see a herd of caribou that is attacked by a pack of wolves. Tyler examines the bones and finds that the animal... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

They Thought He Couldn't Do the Job. That's Why They Chose Him. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Inuktitut

Release Date:

27 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los lobos no lloran See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlin, British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,385, 10 October 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,600,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is NOT the first Disney film to feature naked buttocks. That honor goes to Pollyanna (1960) which opens with a close-up of naked male buttocks as a child swings on a rope into a pond. See more »

Goofs

The lead claims the wolves eat mice, which he proceeds to eat, but they are voles, not mice (which don't occur in the arctic). See more »

Quotes

Mike: To me a wolf means money. It's a way of making a living. One wolf pelt is about $350 dollars. And I've got to feed my family; my children. Buy a snowmobile; food, rifle, bullets whatever.
Tyler: You wouldn't ah... you wouldn't kill these wolves?
Mike: These ones... no. No I don't think so. Besides you would get mad if I killed one of them... and your gun is bigger than mine.
Tyler: Yeah.
Mike: I'd like to though.
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Connections

Referenced in Heavenly Bodies (1984) See more »

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A haunting masterpiece that will move you
3 November 2001 | by thirdiSee all my reviews

I remember when this movie came out I had no interest in seeing it. I thought it was a Disney kid's movie and basically forgot about it for years. About a year ago I caught it one night on cable and began to watch it. I immediately knew that I was seeing a great film, it was obvious within 5 minutes. Since I caught it in the middle and had missed the beginning, I decided to not ruin it and I turned it off with the idea of renting it the very next day, which I did.

"Never Cry Wolf" is a beautiful and breathtaking film about a biologist who travels alone to an extremely remote part of The Yukon in order to live with white wolves, and study their behavior. Charles Martin Smith, who I've always felt is an under-rated actor (see "The Untouchables" and "Starman") gives an unforgettable performance. The cinematography is spectacular, the music is superb, and the message is subtle and haunting.

One of those rare films that can easily be rewarding for adults and kids. "Never Cry Wolf" is a true classic in every sense of the word, I would give it a 10 out of 10 and I do not throw the "classic" word around lightly. Do not miss this film.


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