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Never Cry Wolf / Un homme parmi les loups (Bilingual)

Charles Martin Smith , Brian Dennehy , Carroll Ballard    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Ironically, the main character in this Disney film eats mice in order to survive.

Un chercheur missionné par le gouvernement pour évaluer la "menace" que représentent les loups, va apprendre que la "menace" n'est pas réelle... Le biologiste Tyler s'est donc vu confier une mission difficile : étudier un été durant la vie d'une tribu de loups dans leur milieu naturel, l'Alaska...


Carroll Ballard's 1983 adaptation of Farley Mowat's autobiographical novel turns his life-changing experience studying the wolves in Canada's inhospitable North into a moving drama of one man's courage and discovery of nature's majesty. Charles Martin Smith plays green biologist Tyler, sent by the Canadian government to "prove" that the wolves are depleting the caribou herds, but what he finds is a natural world in perfect harmony where he becomes a tolerated outsider. Dumped unprepared in the wilds by a hard drinking bush pilot (Brian Dennehy), Tyler learns survival skills from the aged Eskimo who saves his life and the rules of coexistence from a neighboring wolf (which results in a literal pissing contest as man and beast mark their respective territories). Tyler's journey culminates in the majestic run with the wolf pack, an exhilarating sequence where for an instant he becomes one with natural environment of the wilds. For all its beauty, however, Tyler's experience becomes a bittersweet lesson as the encroachment of hunters, tourism, and the social landscape threaten the natural order. As in his previous film, the delicate and lovely The Black Stallion, Ballard's astounding visual treatment captures the awesome natural beauty of the Canadian wilderness with power and poignancy. Kevin Costner's Oscar-winning Dances with Wolves explores many of the themes presented in this film, but without the resonance or beauty of Ballard's unsung masterpiece. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie, Naturally Sept. 19 2004
By Ryan
I'm writing this review for two reasons. The first being that this is one my favorite films of all time. The second being that I find that some of the negative comments to be disturbing, particularly the ones that mention the nudity in this film.
I saw this film in the theatre with my parents when I was 8 years old. Even at that age this movie left me breathless in all the good ways. It was beautiful, funny, touching and inspiring. It treated the subject of nature and conservation in way that I hadn't seen before and rarely since. The haunting silence of this film is mezmerizing and the dialogue is spare but wonderfully written. It is a masterpiece.
In regard to the negative comments refeencing the nudity in this film: Every person (including children) has genitals. We see them when we shower, when we use the washroom, when we change out clothes, etc. Why is it that to some people seing a person's genitals (in a non-sexual way) in a film is considered worse that violence? The scenes in this film that portray nudity do not do so in a sexual way. In fact when Tyler (the main character) is shown in the nude it only helps to re-enforce the plot and the feeling that this scientist is in essence trying to let go of his humization for a time, to be wild, like the wolves and caribou in a place so far from human habitation. Even as a child I understood and appreciated this. Parents who try to protect their children from this kind of learning are doing misguidedly in my opinion. This is an enriching film for all ages regarless of the brief nudity and perhaps to some small extent, because of it.
Compared to other films that children could be watching (including many animated films from Disney and others, this movie has a lot to offer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film. Terrible transfer Sept. 29 2006
If you have never seen Never Cry Wolf, you are missing a largely undiscovered gem. Charles Martin Smith's portrayal of author Farley Mowat is an exercise in understated brilliance. I saw this film twice when it was in general release, and have watched it many, many more times since then on video; always rented.

After many years of not having seen it, recently I purchased Never Cry Wolf on DVD. The film is even better than I remember: quiet, thoughtful, respectful, intelligent. All describe Never Cry Wolf.

So, sadly, does deplorable. The transfer is horrendous. In the opening sequences, it is obvious that the DVD is simply a copy taken from a rather well-used print. If that were the only trouble, it would be unacceptable. I can buy well-used videos if old prints are what I want. Instead, it is just the start of the troubles.

The transfer is so dark as to be almost black in large sections (as played on both my DVD player and my computer DVD), especially when the scenes are interior shots. The beauty of sub-arctic light (it was filmed in Atlin, BC) is lost in muddy colors and dullness. The film is almost unwatchable, because the transfer leaves little to watch.

A previous poster has suggested Never Cry Wolf a prime candidate for Criterion. I whole heartedly agree (Criterion. Are you listening?). In the right hands, this great film could get the treatment it deserves.

5+ stars for the film

1 star for the transfer
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars proto "lost in translation" March 8 2004
By A Customer
Well, at least, I get the same sort of feeling from both films. I am biased--I love Alaska, the wilderness, and hate people. So the setting of this film works for me--something I picture in my mind when i am stuck in rush hour traffic. There is some slow moments in the plot. The movie has some feel-good undertones to it. However, the sound in most movies is merely a backdrop. In this, it really serves to move the film along, to connect on a different level. Sound plays into the plot. My favorite scene is when the scientist is sitting on a hill playing his oboe to a midnight Alaskan sun. There is something transcendent about that very scene. I almost see it as the connection of two worlds. Regardless, I would highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lol @ one star reviewers! May 24 2004
By Ben W.
I find the one star reviews of this movie amusing.Its sad that people condemn this movie just because they are hyper and easily bored and entertained only by blood and violence.The same movie that bores the aforementioned fools will satisfy more intelligent and philosophical individuals that have more interest in the natural world.As an animal lover and animal welfare activist,I enjoyed this film and can recommend it to anyone thats ever had an interest in nature and wildlife.Remember to order the wide-screen version,you`ll see the film as it was meant to be seen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and great book! June 16 2004
This was one of the first (and few) books I read for fun while I was growing up. Then when the movie came out, it was the icing on the cake. Today I'm ordering it for my dad for Father's Day in rememberance of "back then." I can't wait to watch it with him after all these years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, beautiful wilderness adventure Sept. 23 2011
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
Visually stunning, sweet, understated tale of under-prepared young scientist
sent to the Artic region to observe wolves.

With very little dialogue, just some gentle voice over, we trace his path with humor,
tension, and sadness.

Even the ending is surprisingly quiet and gentle for a Hollywood film.

A beautiful, honest portrait of the true complexities of adventuring beyond
our limits.

Frustratingly, the DVD was made from a very flawed print; lots of dirt and print
damage (very visible against all the white snow and ice). But the film
is so strong that its still well worth seeing and owning.

I just wish they'd come out with a remastered DVD and blu-ray.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray?
"Never Cry Wolf" is a fictionalized account of Farley Mowat's actual experience observing wolves in sub-Arctic Canada. Read more
Published 5 months ago by HEFF
4.0 out of 5 stars "BugSmasher"
Upon doing a review on Charles Martin Smith's movie "Snow Walker" I thought it only fitting to throw in my 2 cents on Mr.Smiths movie "Never Cry Wolf". Read more
Published 10 months ago by "BugSmasher"
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie
A great show with a great story. Great for watching with the whole family. Definitely worth the money. Wish it was made on blu-ray though.
Published 16 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this when it was released?
This is a no-frills DVD. I would have liked some extra features such as a making of feature, a commentary and so on. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Bill Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Cry Wolf
As a pilot, I thoughly enjoyed the scenes with the de Havilland Beaver and the Bush Pilot played by Brian Dennehy. The film is rated 'G' and is suitable for family viewing. Read more
Published on June 30 2010 by Stephen C. Thomsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better with every viewing!
I saw "Never Cry Wolf" when it was released in 1983, mostly because I'm a fan of the actor Charles Martin Smith. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by R. Clay
3.0 out of 5 stars Strains credibility
I finally got around to watching this movie. I had heard great things about it for a very long time. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2004
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