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Never Cry Wolf (1983)

Cast: Charles Martin Smith, Charles Martin Smith, Brian Dennehy, more...
Director: Carroll Ballard, Carroll Ballard
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Action, Drama, Foreign, Adventure, Wilderness & Nature, Canada
Running Time: 105 min.
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This title is currently out of print.

The wolves of the Arctic Circle and its environs, the stunning beauty of a Northern winter, a biologist who braves it all to record the lives of the wolves, and Inuits who save the biologist's hide and share their own wisdom openly are all winners in this film that is a tribute to the skills of writer and director Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion). Based on Farley Mowat's autobiographical novel of the same name, Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is a normal biologist until he gets up into the Arctic winter in order to prove that the caribou herds are not being decimated by wolves; then he becomes a semi-klutz, unable to instinctively adapt to the deep freeze around him. After he sets up his first stake-out, a native Inuit named Oolek (Zachary Ittimangnaq) comes along to help him out and gets him better established in an isolated hut, where Tyler is left to fend for himself again. That he does, but not because he can see in advance what his needs or problems are going to be -- he just comes up against the worst when it happens and works from there. At the same time, Tyler gets to carefully and closely observe a wolf family he has already dubbed as George, Angeline, and the three pups, and he has several comic interactions with his distant "pets." Oolek and his friend Mike (Samson Jorah) drop by to keep Tyler company for awhile, sharing their observations on nature and life in an easy-going, non-committal manner. With Tyler's perseverance and the knowledge gained from experience and through these conversations, the real culprit in the decimation of the caribou turns out not to have four legs at all. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

An underground classic by Biehlanphear June 25, 2007 - 12:02 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
I saw this movie first when I was 9. Dad took me and the sibs to see Never Cry Wolf in the theater and I still can't thank Dad enough. This is one of those movies I can watch at any time and my mood will be instantly improved. It's a fascinating semi-adventure and love letter to the wild. Really rather true to the book with some memorably funny and touching scenes.

Great movie based on a great book. by McCoy1 October 23, 2004 - 2:40 PM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
While the story has been altered a bit from Farley Mowatt's excellent
book, the film is true to the spirit of the book. Beautifully shot in some spectacular areas of arctic Canada, this is a film worth watching.

Hungry like a wolf... by Emomovieluver January 16, 2003 - 7:43 PM PST
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
To fully appreciate the brilliance and scope of "Never Cry Wolf, you have to examine what director Ballard has done here: 1) he put together a 90 min. movie which features primary 1 actor with 3 supporting actors; 2) the film features animals "acting" as much as the humans; 3) most of the dialogue comes in the form of 1st person narration; 4) he adapted a real life story into a highly entertaining movie. The success of "NCW" comes from a realistic and captivating performance from C.M. Smith, excellent atmospheric music from Mark Isham and wonderful shots of the Artic tundra by Ballard and crew. I applaud Anchor Bay for a much needed release of this Disney movie on DVD!

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