Never Cry Wolf (1983)

Never Cry Wolf



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The wolves of the Arctic Circle and its environs, the stunning beauty of a Northern winter, a biologist who braves it all to record the lives of the wolves, and Inuits who save the biologist's hide and share their own wisdom openly are all winners in this film that is a tribute to the skills of writer and director Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion). Based on Farley Mowat's autobiographical novel of the same name, Tyler (Charles Martin Smith) is a normal biologist until he gets up into the … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Farley Mowat, Curtis Hanson, Sam Hamm, Richard Kletter
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On DVD: Feb 22, 2000


as Tyler/Farley Mowat
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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
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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


Never Cry Wolf looks, sounds and feels like a DisneyNature film, for the most part. A desolate location, focus on animals, minimal dialogue...though the movie never quite knows what it wants to be. Initially, there are hints of comedy, then "man against nature" drama, then documentary and so on. By not picking one genre to play in, Never Cry Wolf borders on lacking focus. Charles Martin Smith plays well against the frigid backdrop and the occasional humans he runs into, but this is really about the place and the animals. An episode of Planet Earth is, arguably, more interesting.

Jason Vargo
Jason Vargo

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My parents dragged me, kicking and screaming, to this movie when it first came out. It was weird! This guy kept chasing reindeer around - NAKED!! EW! I was 10! I didn't want to see an old guy's butt! I do not remember this fondly!

Laney C.

I was inspired by this story, even though i doubt i could do so well on my own in the Alskan wilderness. It's a great reminder to us all that, despite the roads and commercial buildings and malls, we- humans, people, whatever you like to call us- are and have always been a part of the natural world.

Lindizzy Q

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