Never Cry Wolf

1983, Movie, PG, 91 mins

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This is the haunting story of a scientist who is sent to the Arctic to study the behavior of wolves. Unfamiliar with the wilderness, Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) finds himself unprepared for his stay in the frozen desolation. Near death, he is rescued by a mysterious Eskimo who builds him a shelter and then leaves without waiting for thanks. Forced to rely on his ingenuity and common sense, Tyler survives until the spring and sets up camp near a small pack of wolves, building mutual trust with the leader of the pack. His now-idyllic surroundings are threatened when a group of caribou hunters arrives. Based on Farley Mowat's study of wolves for the Ottawa Wildlife Service, this beautifully photographed wilderness film is as fine as director Carroll Ballard's previous film, BLACK STALLION. Capturing the changes a man goes through as he learns about life in the wilds, NEVER CRY WOLF is very informative, but it is Smith's performance that makes the film a resounding success. leave a comment

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