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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, there are Cro Magnons and Neanderthals present. The cannibals, however, are exclusively Neanderthal.
%%* BearsAreBadNews
* 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!]]
* ImAHumanitarian: The boys find what they initially think is a well cooked meal... and are then horrified to discover they've been eating people. It's like SoylentGreen all over again.
%%* GoryDiscretionShot: Subverted.
%%* GroinAttack: ... ''Ow''.
%%* KillItWithFire
* 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...
* SceneryPorn, RealPlaceBackground, ShootTheMoney: The film was shot in Canada, Scotland, Iceland, and Kenya, leading to some gorgeous shots.
%%* SilenceIsGolden
* {{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''.