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Quest for Fire(La Guerre du feu)

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Canada, France · 1981
Rated R · 1h 40m
Director Jean-Jacques Annaud
Starring Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong
Genre Adventure, Drama

When a prehistoric tribe's source of fire is extinguished, they send out three warriors to find a new flame before their people succumb to the cold. Hostile tribes and monstrous beasts lie in wait, but with the tribe's survival on the line, the warriors have no choice but to make the arduous journey -- or die trying.

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TV Guide Magazine by

Although occasionally bleak, the film affords many pleasurable moments, showing early man learning to laugh and expressing delight and amazement at the sight of fire.


The Associated Press by Bob Thomas

The talk is mostly in grunts and whoops, and the film sometimes reaches the brink of a Mel Brooks travesty, but never falls over. [18 Jan 1982]


Newsweek by David Ansen

Quest for Fire is diverting and well made, and kids should love it. Chong is delightful as the first feminist heroine. And as bloody and brutish as the fights are, the film is resoundingly sweet-natured at heart. [15 Feb 1982, p.61]


Washington Post by Gary Arnold

Quest for Fire expresses an eloquent partiality for civilized virtues, especially companionship, sexual bonding and parenthood. [05 Mar 1982, p.B12]


Empire by Ian Nathan

This is supposed to be serious hard-hitting but with most prehistoric depictions, only manages either school reconstruction or parody.


The New York Times by Janet Maslin

Quest for Fire is more than just a hugely enterprising science lesson, although it certainly is that. It's also a touching, funny and suspenseful drama about prehumans.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Jay Scott

The title is a tease: Quest For Fire is the quest for understanding, the quest for an answer, the quest for The Answer. Quest For Fire maintains that in the space of 80,000 years we have walked a long, long way, and have come scarcely any distance at all. [12 Feb 1982]


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

These characters and their quest began to grow on me, and by the time the movie was over I cared very much about how their lives would turn out.

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