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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.

Director:

Christophe Gans

Writers:

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 1765 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, wolf? hyena? or something supernatural? Whatever it was, shepherds had the same life-expectancy as the red-suited guys in 'Star Trek'. 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 mid-XVIIIth 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... 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:

FRF 200,000,000 (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

Two uniquely French breeds of dog are used in this film: Bleu De Gascogne hounds are used during hunting scenes, and a Briard sheepdog accompanies a shepherdess later in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Mani is raised above the crowd, his tattoos are on the wrong shoulder. See more »

Quotes

[about Jean-Francois's missing arm]
Gregoire De Fronsac: How did it happen?
Jean-Francois de Morangias: I learned that sometimes one bullet doesn't suffice.
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Alternate Versions

The Canadian 3-disc DVD (released in October 2002) and the United States 2-disc Special Edition DVD (released in August 2008) features a 151 minute director's cut with the following scenes added to the middle of the film before and after Fronsac returns to Paris:
  • Right after Fronsac has constructed the fake beast for De Bauternes, he goes to the brothel, gets drunk and confesses to Sylvia that the beast caught by De Bauternes is a fake.
  • An long steadicam shot from Jean-Francois' POV as he sneaks through the brothel and into Sylvia's room, where he finds a sketch of Sylvia naked that Fronsac has drawn. He laughs because it's just what he needs to drive Marianne away from Fronsac.
  • Fronsac arrives at the De Morangias' castle to see Marianne one last time before returning to Paris. The guards tell him he is no longer welcome on orders of the Countess and that Marianne is sick. Jean-Francois turns up and tells the guards and his mother to let Fronsac in. Jean-Francois leads him into the great hall where Marianne waits. She tells Fronsac she doesn't want to see him again and tosses the naked sketch of Sylvie onto the floor. Fronsac storms out, knocking Jean-Francois to the floor on his way.
  • After the second girl is killed down in the pit there is a scene inside the Church where Sylvia kneels down next to Marianne as she prays. She tells Marianne the Fronsac truly only loves her. Sardis watches Sylvia suspiciously as she leaves.
  • A scene on the docks as Fronsac and Mani are loading supplies for the trip to Africa. Thomas D'Apacher turns up and tells Fronsac that the beast continued attacking after he and De Beauternes left. D'Apacher cannot find anyone to go on the hunt with him and he wants to try to hunt this time using Mani's methods. At first Fronsac refuses, but D'Apacher provides him with a love letter from Marianne in which she asks for the secret meeting at her nanny's house. Fronsac agrees to return.
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Connections

Referenced in Brocéliande (2003) See more »

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A brilliant genre film ...
24 November 2003 | by beingofsoundmindSee all my reviews

Candle-lit interior cinematography, lush misty landscapes, strong characters, exquisite costumes, an authentic boudoir recreation of 18th century French society, a new kind of savage 'monster' and some of the finest stylized fight scenes ever laid down in a 'genre' film, place "Brotherhood of the Wolf" among the classiest horror adventure films of all time.

Great moments include the culminating rage of Samuel Le Bihan's gentlemanly character 'Fronsac' who explodes into a Conan-like fury as he meets out 'justice' to those that wronged his Iroquois-Mohawk 'blood brother' played by Marc Dacascos, Vincent Cassel suitably creepy as the decadent 'Morangias', sensuous Monica Belluci as the dangerous and vicious 'Sylvia', interesting historical plot-points, and a bond of friendship between an unlikely pair of frontier adventurers, make director Christopher Gans "Brotherhood of the Wolf" an original masterpiece of 'genre' film-making...


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