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.


Albert Hughes


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


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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Did You Know?


The concept of alpha, beta, and other subordinate wolves was first used in 1947 in a study by Rudolf Schenkel of the University of Basel, and popularized by L. David Mech in a 1970 book titled The Wolf. Schenkel observed captured wolves to get his findings. However, he later disavowed his own terminology in 1999 after realizing he had been working with incomplete data. The popular view up until that point was that wolf packs were comprised of individual wolves with the alpha being the one who dominates the others through combat, as explained in the film. After studying wild wolves for thirteen years he found no battles for dominance. What Schenkel came to realize was that packs were families, and that the "alpha" was actually a parent with the others being their children. See more »


When Keda descends from a tree to check on injured Alpha, his shoes have black colored rubber soles. Later in a cave, when he stood up, his soles were white in color. See more »


Tau: Pain will journey with us.
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This Film Made Me Cry
17 September 2018 | by ymyusedaSee all my reviews

Rating 8.3/10 The characters of Keda and Wolves in this movie is very good. Friendship between animals and humans is inserted in this movie. Amazing movie, it was very beautiful and definitely made me cry. Worth a watch !!

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Release Date:

17 August 2018 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$51,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,352,512, 19 August 2018

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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