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->''"Drawn by quest for fire, they searched all through the land\\
Drawn by quest for fire, discovery of man"''
-->--'''Music/IronMaiden, "[[FilkSong Quest For Fire]]"'''[[note]]Yes, the one that starts with the [[{{Narm}} infamous]] [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology "In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth"]][[/note]]

''Quest for Fire'' (French: ''La Guerre du feu'', "The War of Fire") is a 1981 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. It is based off the book of the same name by Belgian author J.H. Rosny aîné. It is set in Paleolithic Europe, around 80,000 years ago, and concerns a small group of cavemen as they search for the fire their tribe needs to survive.
!!Provides Examples Of:

* AllCavemenWereNeanderthals: Subverted: The Ulam (the trio and their tribe) and Kzamm (cannibals) resemble Neanderthals, but the Ivaka are clearly Cro-Magnon, and the Wagabu are shaggy and bestial, suggesting a more primitive species of hominid.
* BabiesEverAfter: By the closing scene, Ika has become pregnant with Noah's child.
* BearsAreBadNews: Gaw is severely mauled by a cave bear.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Seems to be the ideal of beauty among the Ivaka, to the point that the much thinner Ika is mistreated for not conforming.
* BiTheWay, SituationalSexuality: After watching Noah and Ika copulate face-to-face for the first time, Amouker approaches Gaw to mate, but is rebuffed.
* ConLang: Writer Creator/AnthonyBurgess created the prehistoric languages for the film. He explains his methods [[http://www.nytimes.com/1981/11/15/magazine/creating-a-language-for-primitive-man.html here.]]
* DudeNotFunny: In-universe. In one scene a guy gets hit on the head. Ika laughs hysterically for over a minute; the others glare at her. This is because [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove the concept of laughter is unknown to them]]. [[spoiler:Later, however, they have a healthy dose of it.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:The group returns with fire...only for it to be extinguished by a careless man. Naoh tries to make fire with sticks, to no avail. Then Ika tries...and succeeds!]]
* FrazettaMan: The Wagabu definitely fit this trope, being hairy and bestial, with intense physical strength.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Subverted. The film is quite bloody and gory in places, most notably the scene where a spear is thrust through a Wagabu's mouth and out through the back of it's head.
* GroinAttack: A Kzamm bites Noah in the genitals, causing him severe pain. He is later healed by Ika.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Kzamm are a cannibalistic tribe of Neanderthals. TruthInTelevision, as many anthropologists think that at least some Neanderthals practiced some form of cannibalism.
* IntimateHealing: Ika's treatment of Noah's wounded genitals may or may not involve oral sex.
* MamaBear: A literal example: Gaw and Ika tamper with a Cave bear cub with the expected result.
* MisplacedWildlife: The film depicts wolves, Gryphon vultures, Marabou storks, sabre-toothed cats, Wooly mammoths, and cave bears living in the same region.
* NationalGeographicNudity: Ika is naked throughout the movie. In particular, Rae Dawn Chong was cast as Ika because she was the most comfortable with nudity. She remained nude and covered in body paint between takes to stay in character.
* OneMillionBC: Slightly more accurate than most examples. The caption, as noted above, reads "80,000 years ago", but Annaud admits in the DVD commentary that it might just as well be 800,000, so...
* QuestionableConsent: Given the culture of the setting, and the generally animalistic behaviour it's unclear to what extent consent is given, if at all, and some of the sex scenes definitely resemble rape.
* SavageWolves: Several Ulam survivors are overpowered and killed by wolves as they flee from the Wagabu.
* SceneryPorn, RealPlaceBackground, ShootTheMoney: The film was shot in Canada, Scotland, Iceland, and Kenya, leading to some gorgeous shots.
* SilenceIsGolden: This is essentially a silent film, with the only dialogue spoken in fictional languages.
* SuperPersistentPredator: The sabretooths wait under the tree for the trio to fall, long after any real predator would give up.
* {{Slurpasaur}}: There are sabretooth cats in the movie played by trained lions with prosthetic teeth.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: The makeup effects on the people works very well...''too well''.