Jean-Jacques Annaud’s ‘Quest for Fire’ gets wonderful treatment on DVD

Rae Dawn Chong in 'Quest for Fire'
Rae Dawn Chong in ‘Quest for Fire’

Starring: Everett McGill, Ron Pearlman, Nameer El-Kadi, and Rae Dawn Chong
Director(s): Jean-Jacques Annaud
Writer(s): Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Based upon the novel by: J.H. Rosny, Sr.

What do Hellboy, a cavity search by London police, and two wooly mammoths running through suburbia have in common? They are all in some way directly connected to one of the most original motion pictures ever made — Quest for Fire (alternate title: “La Guerre du Feu”). Though practically forgotten today, Quest broke box office records at New York’s Ziegfeld and LA’s Cinerama Dome theaters when it premiered in February, ‘82, beating out the previous record-holder, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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