Never Cry Wolf
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It took me many years and many more viewings to figure out why this film is so extraordinary. For the first 45 minutes or so, Never Cry Wolf is content to be a conventional "Man and Nature" film, with the "natives" being set up in the "noble savage" archetype--they are the ideal, the "good guys," the righteous ones, while White man is evil (except for our hero Tyler). It's a structure that's been used many times, and it's fine. Of course all this is beautifully-filmed and hauntingly beautiful, but the film was still fairly conventional, albeit extremely well-done.
But then it unleashes a surprise, which turns the story on its head. Tyler is talking to Mike, his Inuit friend, one of the "noble" ones, one of the "good guys." Mike reveals that he would like to kill wolves, and explains why. The reasons sound so much like the reasons of "White" man.
This casual revelation stuns Tyler--and us too. The film shatters the "noble savage" archetype in a brief, economic scene. (The penultimate scene, also between Tyler and Mike, which could be considered as an extension of this scene, is equally brief and economical. The script is a masterpiece of understated writing, almost like cinematic haiku.Read more ›
The latter complaint is the major reason for all the ranting by some "reviewers." To them a Disney film showing human nakedness seems a sacrilege and they want their bowdlerized world returned to them, and they want Disney censured and made to promise never to do anything like that again! The complaint that there wasn't enough tension in the film is also off base since this is a contemplative, even spiritual film, not a slick thriller. People with sound-bite attention spans who need to mainline exploding cars and ripped flesh to keep them interested need not apply.
The criticism that Director Carroll Ballard's film is not entirely true to the book is legitimate, but I would point out that movies are seldom if ever entirely true to their source material. A film is one kind of media with its particular demands while a book is another. It is impossible to completely translate a book into a movie. Something is always inevitably lost, but something is often gained. Here the cinematography and the beautiful musical score by Mark Isham are fine compensations.Read more ›
Never Cry Wolf is a dramatization of the expierences of naturalist Farley Mowat who investigate why wolves were killing arctic caribou herds in the Artic Wildeness of Northern Canada
Disney was always great for true life nature films...and this one is no exception. With gived direction from noted filmmaker Carroll Ballard, this film is artist poetry on film. You can breathe the cool mountain air . The filmmaker's eyes of what you see are breathtaking views.
As I stated before, this is a dramazation, so Mowat's character is named Tyler (played careful by Charles Martin Smith-who you may have seen as Toad in the film American Graffitti). You see the wonderment and the adventure thru his eyes...and believe every frame this film shows. Brian Dennehy has a small role as a bush pilot/hunter. However, this is Smith's film..well Smith's and mother nature bounty itself.
This film is from 1983, but it does not date itself and worth every cent to get this movie.It is worth it to view such a visual treat for the eyes. With all the kiddy garbage out there lately, even from Disney itself, this treat from the past is something you may want
One can only wish they would do an update now..showing Tyler's world 20 years later-one would hope with the wolves
Bennet Pomerantz, AUDIOIWORLD
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I don't care what anybody says, Never Cry Wolf is one of the best films ever made. It is also most definitely the best Disney film ever made, and I'm a fan of old-school animation. Read morePublished 1 day ago by cody marsh
A favorite now for many years. Charming (and humorous!) story that conveys important cultural, political, and environmental issues. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jeffrey Shilling Gill
I have loved this movie since its original release. My only wish is that Disney would give it some love and release it as a fully restored Blu-ray disc someday.Published 25 days ago by Stephen Green