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Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

Le pacte des loups (original title)
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In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his native American friend Mani are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.

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Christophe Gans

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Stéphane Cabel (original scenario), Stéphane Cabel (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Le Bihan ... Grégoire de Fronsac
Mark Dacascos ... Mani
Jérémie Renier ... Thomas d'Apcher (as Jérémie Rénier)
Vincent Cassel ... Jean-François
Émilie Dequenne ... Marianne
Jacques Perrin ... Thomas d'Apcher (old)
Christian Marc Christian Marc ... Serviteur Thomas Agé
Karin Kriström Karin Kriström ... Bergère du Rocher
Philippe Nahon ... Jean Chastel
Virginie Darmon Virginie Darmon ... La Bavarde
Vincent Cespedes Vincent Cespedes ... Soldat
Hans Meyer ... Marquis d'Apcher
Jean-Paul Farré Jean-Paul Farré ... Père Georges
Pierre Lavit Pierre Lavit ... Jacques
Eric Prat Eric Prat ... Capitaine Duhamel (as Éric Prat)
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Storyline

In 1764 something was stalking the mountains of central France. A 'beast' that pounced on humans and animals with terrible ferocity. Indeed they beast became so notorious that the King of France dispatched envoys to find out what was happening and to kill the creature. By the end, the Beast of Gevaudan had killed over 100 people.To this day, no one is entirely sure what it was, a wolf? a hyena? or something supernatural? The Beast is a popular myth in France, albeit one rooted firmly in reality; somewhat surprisingly it is little known to the outside world, and perhaps incredibly it has never been made into a movie. Until now. Based on the true story of the Beast of the Gevaudan that terrorized France in the eighteenth century, the movie aims to tell first and explain afterwards. In the first part, a special envoy of the King of France, altogether biologist, explorer and philosopher, arrives in the Gevaudan region, in the mountainous central part of France. The Beast has been ... Written by Anonymous

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The year is 1766... The hunt for a killer has begun


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and gore, and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

France

Language:

French | German | Italian

Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brotherhood of the Wolf See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$475,181, 13 January 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,260,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,752,904
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Canal+, Davis-Films, Eskwad See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Apparently in the belief that no one outside France has any sense of history, the translators writing subtitles omitted a historical reference in old d'Apcher's memoir. The subtitles read, "The Revolution has swept the land," but in French he says, "The Revolution has become the Terror" (this may have been changed in some DVD versions). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, Fronsac says the monster will be examined thoroughly in Paris. Everybody, including him, must have forgotten this intention by the time Beauterne arrived, as Beauterne wouldn't have got away with the fake beast if it was examined as planned. See more »

Quotes

[Sylvia stabs Jean-Francois's dead body]
Capitaine Duhamel: He was dead.
Sylvia: Now it's certain.
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Alternate Versions

A third version of the film was released theatrically and on DVD in the UK. In this version all the scenes involving the Royal Hunter (Bauterne) are removed - his character is referred to, but never seen. This includes the removal of the following scenes:
  • The entire elaborate arrival of Bauterne is removed.
  • The scene with Bauterne in the bath telling the Chevalier that he is no longer required and then attempting to seduce an unwilling female servant.
  • The scene where Chevalier is ordered to use his skills to make an ordinary dead wolf killed by Bauterne look like the beast, and the following scenes where he does so.
  • The scenes where the fake 'beast' is presented to the Royal court and the ensuing discussion are all removed. Later DVD editions (2007 onwards) re-inserted these scenes.
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Connections

Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »

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"Like a lion I will devour your children and tear out their entrails."
15 April 2003 | by Backlash007See all my reviews

I am very much in awe of this movie. Brotherhood of the Wolf encompasses every genre of film; martial arts, action, romance, thriller, horror, drama, everything. Keeping with the spirit of all these genres, it invokes many emotions from the viewer. A beast is terrorizing the countryside of Gevaudan and the villagers believe no man or bullet can put it down. Enter the ultimate Jack of all Trades, Grégoire de Fronsac, and his brother-in-arms, Mani, who have come to town to stop/capture this menacing beast. The story starts here and has so many twists and turns it could make your head spin. The cast is incredible. I have no idea who this Samuel Le Bihan guy is, but he absolutely rocks it as Fronsac. This also has potential to be a breakout role for Mark Dacascos but we'll have to wait and see on that one. Even if he doesn't make it beyond the B action flick, Mani will always be an unforgettable character. And Vincent Cassel is incredibly suave and creepy at the same time. Brotherhood is an absolutely beautiful example of what film can look like. The cinematography combined with the editing makes for some truly fantastic scenes. Let's not forget the fight choreography. There are some tremendous fight sequences that rival those from Hong Kong cinema. Some movies become great because they have that one moment that will forever live on in your memory; Moments that are undoubtedly awesome. Brotherhood of the Wolf is simply just one big moment. Other than the films by Luc Besson, I've never really been a follower of French cinema. But with the coming of this movie and the equally dark and beautiful Crimson Rivers I could get into it.


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