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)
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.
(as Nameer El-Kadi)
Rae Dawn Chong
Rouka – The Ulam Tribe
Nam – The Ulam Tribe
Aghoo – The Ulam Tribe
(as Frank Olivier Bonnet)
Lakar – The Ulam Tribe
Faum – The Ulam Tribe
Modoc – The Ulam Tribe
Hourk – The Ulam Tribe
Gammla – The Ulam Tribe
Mikr – The Ulam Tribe
Matr – The Ulam Tribe
Tsor – The Ulam Tribe
A Science Fantasy Adventure.
Release Date: 12 February 1982
Filming Locations: Badlands, Alberta, Canada
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Did You Know?
This movie is set 80,000 years ago in Paleolithic Europe.
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.
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.
Unique prehistoric survival adventure.
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.