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Alpha (2018)

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In the prehistoric past, a young man struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe during a buffalo hunt. He finds a similarly lost wolf companion and starts a friendship that would change humanity.

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Albert Hughes

Writers:

Daniele Sebastian Wiedenhaupt (screenplay by), Albert Hughes (story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Keda
Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson ... Tau
Marcin Kowalczyk ... Sigma
Jens Hultén ... Xi
Natassia Malthe ... Rho
Spencer Bogaert ... Kappa
Mercedes de la Zerda ... Nu
Leonor Varela ... Shaman Woman
Morgan Freeman ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Alpha is a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man's best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe's most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. After the young man reluctantly tames a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.

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Leaders are born from survival. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense peril | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$51,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,352,512, 19 August 2018

Gross USA:

$35,857,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$98,203,196
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Studio 8 See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The rudimentary dialogue spoken throughout the movie is a language invented for the movie. See more »

Goofs

The big cat in the movie is supposed to be a Machairodus. However, its teeth are far too large for this genus, looking more like the sabres of Smilodon (which was only ever found in the Americas). See more »

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Tau: Pain will journey with us.
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Title appeared at the end of the film See more »

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Featured in Alpha: Boy & Wolf (2018) See more »

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Man's first best friend
18 August 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This prehistoric European film about a young man who is presumed lost while his tribe is on a hunt. Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as the young man in a primitive world who makes his way back to his family with the aid of a new best friend he's made, a wild dog whom he patched up and the two develop a co-dependency on each other in this first boy and a dog story.

Beautifully photographed in some stark vistas in British Columbia, the most amazing thing about this film that even with some cheating subtitles young Smit-McPhee with primeval grunts and gibberish to pass for caveman language conveys all the emotion of pages of dialog.

This one is a winner, highly recommended.


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