Never Cry Wolf ()

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

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Farley Mowat / Tyler
Zachary Ittimangnaq ...
Samson Jorah ...
Hugh Webster ...
Martha Ittimangnaq ...
Hunter #1
Walker Stuart ...
Hunter #2

Directed by

Carroll Ballard

Written by

Farley Mowat ... (based on the book by)
Curtis Hanson ... (screenplay) and
Sam Hamm ... (screenplay) and
Richard Kletter ... (screenplay)
Charles Martin Smith ... (narration written by) (as C.M. Smith) and
Eugene Corr ... (narration written by) and
Christina Luescher ... (narration written by)
Ralph Furmaniak ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

Lewis M. Allen ... producer (as Lewis Allen)
Jack Couffer ... producer
Ron Miller ... executive producer
Joseph Strick ... producer
Walker Stuart ... associate producer

Music by

Mark Isham

Cinematography by

Hiro Narita ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Michael Chandler
Peter Parasheles

Editorial Department

Jeffrey Friedman ... associate editor
Martha Goode ... apprentice editor (as Martha J. Goode)
Michael Levin ... apprentice editor
Michael Rosenthal ... assistant editor
Jenny Stein ... assistant editor
Sharon Wood ... apprentice editor
Alan Abrams ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

Jennifer Shull

Art Direction by

Graeme Murray

Production Management

Fitch Cady ... unit manager
Wanda Mull ... production manager
Robert Steinbrecher ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Anthony Cookson ... second assistant director
John Houston ... first assistant director
Colin Michael Kitchens ... second assistant director
Scott Maitland ... first assistant director

Art Department

Wayne McLaughlin ... property master
William Shumow ... art department
Grant Swain ... property master
Richard Wilcox ... art department
John Wright ... art department
Douglas Freeman ... props (uncredited) / set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

Alan Abrams ... assistant sound editor
Teresa Eckton ... sound editor (as Teresa Ekton)
Rob Epstein ... apprentice sound editor (as Robert Epstein)
Martin Fossum ... sound assistant
Rob Fruchtman ... associate sound editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam ... dialogue editor (as Vivian Hillgrove Gilliam)
Suzanne Meyers ... assistant sound editor
David Parker ... sound mixer
Claire Schoen ... assistant sound editor
Robert Shoup ... sound editor
Michael Silvers ... assistant sound editor
Alan Splet ... sound (as Alan R. Splet)
Randy Thom ... sound mixer
Wendy Zheutlin ... assistant sound editor
Luther Greene ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Allen Hurd ... sound (uncredited)
Jeff Kliment ... sound (uncredited)
Cliff Latimer ... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Karen Spangenberg ... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Ewa Sztompke ... sound technician (uncredited)

Special Effects by

John Thomas ... special effects

Visual Effects by

Peter Anderson ... visual effects supervisor: disney studios


John Wardlow ... stunt coordinator / stunt double

Camera and Electrical Department

Mindaugus Bagdon ... camera assistant
John S. Bartley ... electrician (as John Bartley)
Dillard Brinson ... grip
Al Giddings ... cameraman: underwater unit
Arlette Greenfield ... assistant cameraman: underwater unit
Dan Heather ... camera assistant
James L. Hurford ... grip (as James Hurford)
Gabriel Kruks ... key grip
Douglas Laughlin ... assistant cameraman: underwater unit
Walt Lloyd ... camera assistant: third unit (as Walter Lloyd)
Paul Marbury ... camera operator
Curtis Petersen ... camera assistant (as Curtis Peterson)
Scott M. Robinson ... best boy (as Scott Robinson)
Brenton Spencer ... camera assistant (as Brent Spencer)
Stephen St. John ... camera operator: second unit
Sergio Strizzi ... still photographer
Terry Thompson ... assistant cameraman: underwater unit
Bill Thumm ... best boy (as William Thum)
Bruno Engler ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Trish Keating ... costumer
Deborah Lynn Scott ... costumer (as Deborah Scott)

Location Management

Diana Austin ... location auditor
John Morrissey ... location auditor

Music Department

Mark Adler ... additional arrangements / additional music production
Todd Boekelheide ... music production / music supervision
Mark Isham ... musician: synthesizer performance / synthesizer programming
Gary Clayton ... music recordist (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Barbara Parker ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Bob Bowe ... driver captain (as Robert Bowe)
Alois Stranan ... driver captain

Other crew

Patti Allen ... production coordinator (as Patricia Allen)
Kenneth Beebe ... wolf trainer
Sieuwke Bisleti ... animal trainer
Bayard Carey ... production assistant
Debbie Coe ... animal trainer (as Deborah Coe)
Carrie de Ruiter ... main title design (as Carrie De Ruiter)
Gary Gero ... animal trainer
Mark Harden ... animal trainer (as Mark Hardin)
Lamme Hemphill ... production assistant
Madeline Holmes ... animal trainer
Gary Kenwood ... animal trainer
Claudette Laurencelle ... production coordinator
Donna Loptsom ... animal trainer
Harry Lowry ... additional diver: underwater unit
Peter Matthiessen ... wildlife consultant
H.J. McCullough ... domestic animal trainer: North American Guard Dog and Kenneling Service (as H. J. McCullough)
Karin McElhatton ... animal trainer (as Karen Dew)
Bill Mizel ... production assistant (as William Mizel)
Kelley Pratt ... animal trainer
Patty Proudfoot ... production assistant
Roland Raffler ... animal trainer (as Ronald Raffler)
Diane Richwine ... assistant production coordinator
Cheryl Shawver ... wolf trainer
Lane Starling ... production assistant
Daniel Swanstrom ... additional diver: underwater unit
Jules Sylvester ... wolf trainer (as Julian Sylvester)
Douglas White ... production liaison
Stephen J. Kerr ... evp southeast asia (uncredited)
Gary Winkler ... owner: Alaskan Malamutes (uncredited)


Robert Hughes ... special thanks: for additional music
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Plot Summary

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 was diseased, proving that the wolves are responsible for keeping the caribou strong as told by Ootek. Tyler finds Rosie with two hunters planning to explore the area with tourism and Tyler has an argument with the pilot and returns to the camp. He finds the three offspring but the wolves are missing. Tyler initially suspects of Rosie but when he sees the nervous Mike, he finds that he killed the animals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Also Known As
  • Un homme parmi les loups (France)
  • Los lobos no lloran (Spain)
  • Un homme parmi les loups (Canada, French title)
  • Mai gridare al lupo (Italy)
  • När vargarna ylar (Finland, Swedish title)
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  • 105 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $36,385, 10 Oct 1983

Did You Know?

Trivia Head animal trainer Debbie Coe's advice and warning to the cast and crew was to never look a wolf directly in the face as eye contact represents a challenge in the wolf mindset. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in The Making of 'Never Cry Wolf' (1983). See more »
Quotes Rosie: We're all of us prospectors up here, eh, Tyler? Scratchin' for that... that one crack in the ground. Never have to scratch again. I'll let you in on a little secret, Tyler: the gold's not in the ground. The gold's not anywhere up here. The real gold is south of 60 - sittin' in livin' rooms, stuck facin' the boob tube, bored to death. Bored to death, Tyler.
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