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Quest for Fire [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 5205538
  • Release Date: 03/04/2003
  • Rating: R
Jean-Jacques Annaud's 1981 prehistoric adventure Quest for Fire comes to DVD in a widescreen edition from 20th Century Fox. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack is in English with optional subtitles available in French and Spanish. English closed captions are accessible. Director Annaud provides one commentary track, while another track is provided by producer Michael Gruskoff and actors Rae Dawn Chong and Ron Perlman. Other special features include a featurette, theatrical trailer, and 15 video galleries with director's commentary. The video galleries focus on specific locations, inspirations, designs, and promotions.

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Audio commentaries by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Michael Gruskoff, Ron Perlman and Rae Dawn Chong
    • 15 video galleries with director's commentary
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Featurette
    • Closed Captioned


    Quest for Fire
    Quest for Fire takes place some 80,000 years in the past. A primitive homo sapiens tribe huddles around a natural fire source for comfort and survival. When that source is extinguished, tribesmen Naoh (Everett McGill), Amoukar (Ron Perlman), and Gaw (Nameer El-Kadi) are sent out on a "quest for fire." After several days of wandering through the prehistoric landscape (the film was shot in Canada, Scotland, Iceland, and Kenya), the three come across a cannibal tribe that knows how to produce fire; they save a young girl, Ika (Rae Dawn Chong), from the clutches of the cannibals, with the hope that she'll reveal the secret. Based on a novel by J. H. Rosny Sr., Quest for Fire convincingly creates the world of the past and believably molds its characters within the context of their surroundings and their limited knowledge of the world. The credibility factor is aided by technical consultants Desmond Morris and Anthony Burgess, who respectively developed a set of gestures and a simplistic language for the Ulams and Ivakas. An Oscar went to John Hay and Penny Rose's costume design. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Everett McGill
      Everett McGill - Naoh Ulam Tribe Member
    • Rae Dawn Chong
      Rae Dawn Chong - Ika Ivaka Tribe Member
    • Ron Perlman
      Ron Perlman - Amoukar, Ulam tribe member
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      Gary Schwartz - Rooka
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      Kurt Schiegl - Faum

    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      80,000 years ago, FIRE was the sustainer of life!

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      What does pre-historic man do when his tribe's fire is accidentally extinguished? He has not developed the knowledge or the skill required to make a fire from nothing. This is the story of his search to replace the prime necessity for their tribe's survival. Mankind lives in those primitive times where the dangers from wild creatures, unfriendly surroundings, competition from savage tribes and their own primitive knowledge has not yet developed to guarantee their odds for survival. Add to their dilemma the truly funny things that happen to them during their quest for fire. Excellent story that captures and portrays primitive man and his times and their innate sense of humor in the face of life threatening danger that is unique to the human spirit. IT IS A FUN JOURNEY! You will find yourself asking, "What would I do differentiy if you found yourself in their situation but with today's knowledge and experience?"

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      This classic movie is a must for the collection. If you've seen Caveman, starring Ringo Starr, this is not the same. The journey and resulting consequences these caveman go through are more realistic with horrifying and funny moments. Evolution at its best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent. Funny and entertaining

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      You at first think this is just a cave man movie, but it is so much more. Very realistic search for the coveted fire that everyone cannot do without. The exploring for fire brings danger, many comical situations and learning., which makes this a very entertaining movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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