During the Ice Age, the fire used by a clan of cavemen is extinguished during a battle. Subsequently, three members leave in search of new embers to renew their flame. This journey proves to be more event-filled than expected, however; for example, they rescue a young cavewoman from cannibalistic savages and she leads them to her tribe, where the trio learns the secrets of fire -- and love.
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Makeup Winner
A prehistoric odyssey set at the dawn of mankind, when the first proto-humans let their fire go out and are forced to search for more across an untamed world. Well researched and realistic. Academy Award Nominations: Best Make-Up.
The special language spoken by the actors was created by the technical advisor, Anthony Burgess. Filmed in Kenya, Scotland, Iceland, and Canada. Copyright 1982 20th Century Fox.
"...QUEST FOR FIRE is more than just a hugely entertaining science lesson, although it certainly is that. It's also a touching, funny and suspenseful drama..." - 02/12/1982 New York Times, p.C4
4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t delves into the filth of our forefather's existence, revealing the cruelty of their struggle to survive. There's also a heart-rending love story, humour, and the titular action-packed quest..." - 10/01/2006 Total Film, p.115
"The film is so well crafted and has such a relentless narrative drive that it quickly becomes absorbing." - 10/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.91