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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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Assignment: The Lupus Project. Purpose: To study Alaskan wolves and determine if they were destroying the vanishing caribou deer. The man they chose expected to confront danger, adventure, solitude, and, he hoped, the truth. But he never expected to embark upon a voyage of self-discovery. One that would ultimately transform his life. See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Carroll Ballard and actor Charles Martin Smith caught pneumonia during the production in the Canadian Yukon. 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

Rosie: [Sitting with some hunters at a canopied camp table] All together, one thousand four hundred acres, top of the mountain down to the lake. Including mineral rights. But... the real ace in the hole, right now, is the hot spring, right up there. Amazing. Incredible: steaming hot water coming right out of the ground. When I say "hot water," what do you think?
Rosie: [the other two men are silent] Sitting in the bathtub?... Japanese! A little bit of advertising, plenty of raw fish...
Hunter #1: [Chuckling] It's a ...
[...]
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From my top ten desert island list
25 June 1999 | by Lucky-63See all my reviews

You know you're in trouble when the only thing you can pick up on the shortwave is Russian folk music.

Disney at its best. Top-notch cinematography, wonderful sarcastic humor, over-the-top Dennehey acting, beautiful wilderness, man-spoils-what-he-touches, and another ambient score to die for from Mark Isham.

Fricassee of mouse. A surplus of toilet paper and light bulbs. Special magic from the scenes with Ootek right up to the very end. Running naked with the caribou. Outdoor adventure ne plus ultra for the gentle man. But hold onto your shotgun, the entrepreneurs are coming. They'll take you apart, "just for the evil fun of it".


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