Quest for Fire (film)

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Quest for Fire (La Guerre du feu) is a 1981 Canadian-French epic prehistoric adventure film set in Paleolithic Europe (80,000 years ago), with its plot surrounding the struggle for control of fire by early humans.

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. Produced by Denis Héroux and John Kemeny. Screenplay by Gérard Brach. Based on The Quest for Fire by J.-H. Rosny.
A Science Fantasy Adventure. (taglines)


[first lines of the film]
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.


  • A Great Adventure.
  • A Science Fantasy Adventure.
  • The future began 80,000 years ago!
  • A primeval experience set 80,000 years ago.
  • The most extraordinary film of our generation.
  • Primitive tribes clash in desperate struggle for survival.
  • In the tradition of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark - A GREAT ADVENTURE.
  • Fourteen years ago, 2001: A Space Odyssey was the astounding epic that aroused a generation, telling them where they might be headed. Now, 20th Century Fox presents a science fantasy adventure that will arouse this generation, telling them where we might have begun.


  • Kurt Schiegl as Faum.
  • Brian Gill as Modoc.
  • Terry Fitt as Hourk.
  • Bibi Caspari as Gammla.
  • Peter Elliott as Mikr.
  • Michelle Leduc as Matr.
  • Robert Lavoie as Tsor.
  • Matt Birman as Morah.

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