Quest for Fire

February 12th, 1982


Quest for Fire

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This story takes place in prehistoric time when three prehistoric tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Release Year: 1981

Rating: 7.3/10 (8,158 voted)

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi

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.

Writers: Gérard Brach, J.H. Rosny Sr.

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 - Nam - The Ulam Tribe
Franck-Olivier Bonnet - Aghoo - The Ulam Tribe (as Frank Olivier Bonnet)
Jean-Michel Kindt - Lakar - The Ulam Tribe
Kurt Schiegl - Faum - The Ulam Tribe
Brian Gill - Modoc - The Ulam Tribe
Terry Fitt - Hourk - The Ulam Tribe
Bibi Caspari - Gammla - The Ulam Tribe
Peter Elliott - Mikr - The Ulam Tribe
Michelle Leduc - Matr - The Ulam Tribe
Robert Lavoie - Tsor - The Ulam Tribe

Taglines: A Science Fantasy Adventure.

Release Date: 12 February 1982

Filming Locations: Badlands, Alberta, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,500,000 (estimated)

Gross: $67,400,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

This movie is set 80,000 years ago in Paleolithic Europe.

Continuity: In one shot there is no smoke coming from Amoukar's lantern, even though the previous and following shots show plenty of smoke billowing from the lantern.

[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.

User Review

Unique prehistoric survival adventure.

Rating: 8/10

Ignore the idiotic negative comments of the naysayers. This is a great film. It boldly creates a world unlike any we've seen before, with dedicated actors going well beyond the call of duty in portraying a life and death struggle for survival under the most harrowing conditions imaginable.

Featuring Claude Agostini's splendid wide-screen cinematography of remote, rainswept landscapes and a rich score by Phillipe Sarde, this movie will take you on a compelling journey that, if nothing else, will clarify the routine creature comforts of our civilized world in a manner more direct than anything you might have previously experienced in a theater.

Jean-Jacques Annaud and collaborators tell their tale with dramatic simplicity and virtually no dialogue, but the points made are powerful. Humanity survives, and will prevail despite our weaknesses and faults. Overall, a remarkable, life-affirming work.


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