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Shadow of the Wolf (1992)

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In Canada's North during the 1930s, a young Inuit kills a White trader and is pursued by the police but his father is determined to protect his fugitive son at any cost.


Jacques Dorfmann (adaptation), Evan Jones (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Agaguk
Toshirô Mifune ... Kroomak (as Toshiro Mifune)
Jennifer Tilly ... Igiyook
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Brown
Donald Sutherland ... Henderson
Nicholas Campbell ... Scott
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Big Tooth (as Raoul Trujillo)
Qalingo Tookalak Qalingo Tookalak ... Tulugak
Jobie Arnaituk Jobie Arnaituk ... Nayalik
Tamussie Sivuarapik Tamussie Sivuarapik ... Korok
Harry Hill Harry Hill ... Mr. Tavish
David Okpik David Okpik ... Pualuna
Patricia Eshkibok Patricia Eshkibok ... Parted Hair
Earl Danyluk Earl Danyluk ... Hatchet Jack
Glenn Verdon Glenn Verdon ... Stebbins


In the 1930's, Agaguk lives his traditional Inuit life. But one day, there is a murder in the tribe and Agaguk becomes a suspect. Soon he becomes persecuted by Henderson, a mean mountie, and he must flee through the cold winter of Northen Quebec. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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He left his people to be free. Man has turned him into a killer. He must now fight for his life.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


It took 16 weeks to make the film. And while filming there was a helicopter crash, Lucky nobody died but they were extremely injured. See more »


When Kroomak and Henderson meet, Henderson's pipe is in his mouth when Kroomak says, "You'll stay with me. I want nothing to happen to you." In the subsequent shot, Henderson's pipe is suddenly gone. Then we return to the two-shot and the pipe is suddenly back again - and Henderson is suddenly re-lighting it. See more »


Kroomak: Cut him in five pieces and bury him in five directions.
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Alternate Versions

An unrated version has a sex scene between Lou Diamond Phillips and Jennifer Tilly. Tilly is topless during the scene. See more »


Always and Forever
Music by Maurice Jarre
Lyrics by Nathalie Carsen
Performed by Nathalie Carsen
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Hollywood didn't know what to do with it
24 February 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Lou Diamond Phillips deserves a lot of credit for even tackling this subject. A well photographed movie about the lives of the Inuit, this just isn't a commercial item. The fact alone that it was shot on location must have cost a fortune. This film shows a lot of loving tender care in the making and the cast is great throughout. Too bad that it just wasn't commercial enough.

I happen to meet Lou in my town when he was appearing as King Arthur in a production of Camelot. I told him how much I liked the film and it was unfortunate that it went straight to video. I also asked him how he liked working with Toshiro Mifune.

He replied that it was a great experience, that Toshiro Mifune was a great actor and very good to work with and it was an honor to play his son in the film.

It must have been one rugged location, those films set at either of the Earth's poles usually are. The performances by Lou as the young Inuit outcast, Toshiro Mifune as his father the medicine man of the tribe and Donald Sutherland as a Mountie are uniformly excellent.

Don't miss this very neglected item.

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Release Date:

5 March 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow of the Wolf See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$747,119, 7 March 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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