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Never Cry Wolf (1983)

Never Cry Wolf (1983)



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Based on the autobiographical novel by Farley Mowat, Carroll Ballard's film chronicles the work of Tyler (Charles Martin Smith), a biologist who sets out alone on a government-sponsored mission to study the lives of Arctic wolves, an experience which ultimately becomes a journey of self-discovery as well.

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Charles Martin Smith
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Critic Reviews for Never Cry Wolf

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

Ballard and his masterly crew of film makers have reimagined a corner of the natural world...They leave us awed.

Full Review… | March 9, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Measures up to the promise Ballard amply provided in his first feature, The Black Stallion.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
Top Critic

For the most part very absorbing, the film suffers from some embarrassingly obvious symbolism.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Perhaps the best thing about the film is that the wolves are never made to seem like strange but cuddly dogs. They look like wolves, not especially threatening but still remote and complete unto themselves.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The film is still memorable for its compassion, commitment, and unexpected humor, qualities that go a long way toward tempering the ecological didacticism of the screenplay.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Suspenseful, poignant wilderness film; a few gross scenes.

Full Review… | April 5, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Never Cry Wolf

Some time spent whimsically in the frozen Arctic checking to see how it is that the caribou population is mysteriously vanishing: could the local wolves be the problem? Charles Martin Smith is our amiable guide is this Disney produced (read: there's never really going to be much of a problem) adventure, running around naked (read: "see, I'm close to Nature") so that developers don't suck the life out of life.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Charles Martin Smith put his heart into it and acts well throughout the film, but Never Cry Wolf doesn't really keep your attention. There wasn't much to the ending either. Although the Arctic setting is adventurous and scenic, I wouldn't call this one of Disney's finest. (First and only full viewing - 5/24/2010)

Adam R
Adam R

Well done action adventure,Martin is perfect as the novice geek who at first is scared to death by the wolves and later tries to protect them.

bill secor
bill secor

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