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Quest for Fire (1981)

La guerre du feu (original title)
This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Writers:

Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach), J.H. Rosny Sr. (based on the novel by)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Everett McGill ... Naoh
Ron Perlman ... Amoukar
Nicholas Kadi ... Gaw (as Nameer El-Kadi)
Rae Dawn Chong ... Ika
Gary Schwartz ... Rouka - The Ulam Tribe
Naseer El-Kadi Naseer El-Kadi ... Nam - The Ulam Tribe
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Aghoo - The Ulam Tribe (as Frank Olivier Bonnet)
Jean-Michel Kindt Jean-Michel Kindt ... Lakar - The Ulam Tribe
Kurt Schiegl Kurt Schiegl ... Faum - The Ulam Tribe
Brian Gill Brian Gill ... Modoc - The Ulam Tribe
Terry Fitt Terry Fitt ... Hourk - The Ulam Tribe
Bibi Caspari Bibi Caspari ... Gammla - The Ulam Tribe
Peter Elliott ... Mikr - The Ulam Tribe
Michelle Leduc Michelle Leduc ... Matr - The Ulam Tribe
Robert Lavoie ... Tsor - The Ulam Tribe
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Storyline

Anthony Burgess created the primitive language for the early humans in this prehistoric adventure about a trio of warriors who travel the savanna, encountering sabre-toothed tigers, mammoths and cannibalistic tribes in search of a flame that would replace the fire their tribe has lost. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The future began 80,000 years ago! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | France

Language:

None | French

Release Date:

12 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quest for Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Lions Head, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$20,959,585

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,962,615
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ron Perlman expected the film to be no better than campier prehistoric movies like 'One Million Years BC.' In his memoir, he confessed that this caused him to be unnecessarily rude to Jean-Jacques Annaud during their first meeting. Rather than take offense, Annaud was fascinated by Perlman's candor, and (after initially hating each other early in filming) the two would become close friends. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when the Ulam tribe is being attacked from the cliff above there is a tire clearly visible in the foreground in two shots on the cliff top; the first as a shot showing right after the boulders being pushed over the cliff and then again when the Ulams come up to meet them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: 80,000 years ago, man's survival in a vast uncharted land depended on the possession of fire. / For those early humans, fire was an object of great mystery, since no one had mastered its creation. Fire had to be stolen from nature, it had to be kept alive - sheltered from wind and rain, guarded from rival tribes. / Fire was a symbol of power and a means of survival. The tribe who possessed fire, possessed life.
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Alternate Versions

All UK versions are cut by 8 secs and are missing a shot of a wolf on fire. See more »

Connections

Referenced in South Park: Bebe's Boobs Destroy Society (2002) See more »

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The best cavemen movie ever!
7 June 1999 | by elcopySee all my reviews

This is an extremely overlooked film many people should learn about. First, it tells you a very complex story without a single line of dialog successfully.

Second, the story is universal: Every civilization on earth can pick up this film and understand it, because it goes to the most basic, primitive issues of a species (mainly, survival). Third, it makes the beginning of man interesting. Fourth, it reminds us we were once as savage as any other animal on earth.

Fifth, it's like no other movie you've seen before. That one I can guarantee you.


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