Quest for Fire
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"''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."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Despite the film's occasional goofy turns, by the end, chances are, you'll be rooting for the Ulam to work out that nifty little stick-rubbing trick for themselves."
‑ Rachel Sanders, Apollo Guide
"Quest for Fire boldly states its claims to dance along the abyss of the ridiculous."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"stylish but bizarre"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Not to everyone's taste, certainly, but those of an anthropological bent will appreciate Quest For Fire's admirably detailed portrayal of early man's struggles for survival."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Quest for Fire takes us back 80,000 years to probe early human aggression, territoriality, dominance and education."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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