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Quest for Fire

R Released Feb 12, 1981 1h 37m Drama List
88% Tomatometer 25 Reviews 75% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings In the prehistoric world, a Cro-Magnon tribe depends on an ever-burning source of fire, which eventually extinguishes. Lacking the knowledge to start a new fire, the tribe sends three warriors (Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nameer El-Kadi) on a quest for more. With the tribe's future at stake, the warriors make their way across a treacherous landscape full of hostile tribes and monstrous beasts. On their journey, they encounter Ika (Rae Dawn Chong), a woman who has the knowledge they seek. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Its characters can't do much more than grunt, but that doesn't keep Quest for Fire from offering a deeply resonant -- and surprisingly funny -- look at the beginning of the human race.

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Dwight Brown Sepia [An] innovative work. Aug 10, 2022 Full Review Bob Thomas Associated Press Quest for Fire contains a uniqueness rarely seen in the homogenous product of today's film industry. Oct 22, 2018 Full Review Variety Staff Variety An engaging prehistoric yarn that happily never degenerates into a club and lion skin spinoff of Star Wars and resolutely refuses to bludgeon the viewer with facile or gratuitous effects. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review James Berardinelli ReelViews If the viewer is able to buy into some of the more ridiculous aspects of the movie and cope with the absence of intelligible dialogue, Quest for Fire emerges as an engaging adventure film. Rated: 3/4 Mar 9, 2024 Full Review Phil Edwards Starburst A movie so rich in entertainment and genuine emotion which seems to race through its hundred minute running time like an express train. Jul 28, 2022 Full Review Larry Vitacco Philadelphia Gay News Quest For Fire is thrilling and awesome in its individual and collective achievements. Rated: 4/4 May 27, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Andrew Y Think, Bristol - circa 1978…….. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/24/24 Full Review KUSH 2 great movie about pre humans Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/24 Full Review Alec B The plot is actually fairly predictable however you do have to admire the effort that when into this and the bold choice of having no intelligible dialogue for the entire movie. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review David H A silent movie that needs no dialogue to convey the emotions of the principal characters. Humorous and moving and surprisingly believable. I rank this film in my top ten. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/20/23 Full Review Marcel S who did this film is dumb or stupid or didnt had a good consultant! didnt read the book , didnt read anything connected with the prehistoric times Rated 1 out of 5 stars 07/10/23 Full Review Minabear This is the most romantic movie ever, no joke! It's man and woman on a primitive level, where love conquers all, and is the true prize of the story. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/06/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In the prehistoric world, a Cro-Magnon tribe depends on an ever-burning source of fire, which eventually extinguishes. Lacking the knowledge to start a new fire, the tribe sends three warriors (Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nameer El-Kadi) on a quest for more. With the tribe's future at stake, the warriors make their way across a treacherous landscape full of hostile tribes and monstrous beasts. On their journey, they encounter Ika (Rae Dawn Chong), a woman who has the knowledge they seek.
Director
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Rating
R
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Canadian French
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 12, 1981, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 1, 2013
Runtime
1h 37m
Sound Mix
Surround
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