Quest for Fire
Quest for Fire (1981)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 16, 1981
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: 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.

Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

''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.

Rachel Sanders
Apollo Guide

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Quest for Fire boldly states its claims to dance along the abyss of the ridiculous.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

stylish but bizarre


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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Quest for Fire takes us back 80,000 years to probe early human aggression, territoriality, dominance and education.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is one of the coolest, most interesting, and unique films that I've seen in quite some time, possibly (maybe) ever. To simply, this is a feature… More
Michael S
Very unique. There's nothing like it.
Aj V
A stupid artsy type of movie without any real dialogue or story. I didn't get it! I hate this movie, and I do not recommend seeing it.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Weird movie with real-live cave people, and their daily struggles.
Curtis Lilly
Lots of different types of humans fight each other for fire. I decided Ron Perlman isn't wearing makeup.
Cindy I
What a cool film. I stayed away from this for years thinking it would be dull with so little dialogue. Au contraire! Held my attention completely. Rae Dawn… More

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