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La Guerre du Feu (1981)

Adventure | 100 minutes / 96 minutes (VK release)
3,52 474 votes

Genre: Adventure / Drama

Duration: 100 minuten / 96 minuten (VK release)

Alternative titles: Quest for Fire / Strijd om het Vuur / The War of Fire

Country: Canada / France

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman and Rae Dawn Chong

IMDb score: 7,3 (24.195)

Releasedate: 16 December 1981

La Guerre du Feu plot

Three warriors, Neanderthals in prehistoric times, travel across the savannah, encountering wolves, saber-toothed cats, mammoths and cannibalistic tribes. They are looking for a flame to replace their tribe's lost fire.

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avatar van Ditchthejunk


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  • 40 votes

Just seen.

I think the characters are too animalistic. Some of the heads are more gorilla than human and the sounds are those of a monkey. The Cro-magnons clearly have a more developed language, but with them I don't understand the painting on their bodies. The gray color gives me spontaneous sympathy for the Neanderthals. What a nasty affair, being caught and then having to fertilize all those females. It was a laugh, all those women who are waiting on that bench and keep moving a bit! Furthermore, childish humor, but that is simply because the humor was not as refined then as the humor of today, and that is also makes sense if you don't have a developed language. I bet I would have laughed my ass off at the time if someone dropped a rock on their buddy's head.

Also this film, like clan of the cave bear, is based on the theory that the Cro-magnons mixed with the Neanderthals instead of the arrogant theory in which the Neanderthals were massacred by the much smarter and "better" modern man. Nice to see!

Well, and the music, kind of the same level as that in the movie Clan of the cave bear. And now I also understand where the French movie RRRRrr!!! got his music from.

Fantastic subject, then life was really about survival, about important things. Despite the fact that we as modern humans can now do a lot and that we have come a long way with our knowledge, I feel downright ridiculous with all the objects around me that I actually don't even need and because I feel dirty as soon as I turn 24. have not showered for hours. We have strayed far too far from nature. I'm even allergic to it! (hay fever)

2.5 star.

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avatar van K. V.

K. V.

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This one was on TV and I gave it a try. For a film without dialogues it is a challenge to keep it interesting. I think the film largely succeeded in that, although it could have been a bit shorter towards the end. The pace is not really high.

The movie didn't look so fresh anymore. It's nice that the film is set in prehistoric times, that it wasn't so disturbing yet, but it was clear that it was no longer a new film.

Furthermore, the cast did well and the animals also looked realistic.

There were also some free scenes, quite remarkable that he was on TV.

It's worth watching, but I'll stick with one viewing.

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avatar van Fisico

Fisico (moderator films)

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Films about prehistory are always special. Rare too, because the subject is often avoided. Alpha (2018) was one such, just like the opening scene of Kubrick's 2001.

Apart from the fact that a few evolutionary steps are skipped during the film, it is still quite entertaining and well done. All not so obvious to attune everything to the visual in an almost verbally communicationless film. A plot also that is intriguing when the fire in possession is taken from a particular tribe. They immediately realize - despite their primitive behavior - that this stuff is indispensable, so that they look for new fire. After all, they are not yet capable of producing this themselves.

The film is made up of fragments so it seems that the script seems a bit messy. The animals look fine. Without special effects and some creativity you can get far. Sometimes worth seeing. Great location images too. The same can be said of the soundtrack.

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