Never Cry Wolf

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Never Cry Wolf (1983 Movie)

“Never Cry Wolf” is a 1983 film directed by Carroll Ballard and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie is based on the autobiographical book “Never Cry Wolf” by Farley Mowat, which recounts his experiences as a biologist studying wolves in the Canadian wilderness.

The film follows the story of Tyler, a young biologist portrayed by Charles Martin Smith, who is sent to the Arctic tundra to investigate the declining caribou population, which has been attributed to wolf predation. Initially, Tyler has preconceived notions of wolves as vicious predators, but as he spends time in the wilderness and observes the behavior of a wolf family, his perspective begins to shift.

In the Arctic, Tyler faces the harsh realities of survival and comes to appreciate the natural world and the delicate balance of its ecosystem. He witnesses the intelligence and social complexity of the wolves, challenging the stereotype of them as mindless killers. Through his observations, Tyler begins to question the accuracy of the previous research and the human impact on the environment.

“Never Cry Wolf” is celebrated for its stunning cinematography and breathtaking scenery, capturing the beauty and grandeur of the Arctic landscape. The film’s message about the importance of conservation and coexistence with nature struck a chord with audiences and received critical acclaim.

The movie’s portrayal of wolves, as intelligent and social animals, helped dispel negative stereotypes and promote a better understanding of these creatures. It also raised awareness about the need to protect wildlife and preserve their habitats.

“Never Cry Wolf” is regarded as a classic in the nature film genre and remains a thought-provoking and visually captivating film that continues to inspire audiences to appreciate and protect the natural world.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $27.6 million
  • Awards: Nominated Academy Award
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  • Charles Martin Smith: Tyler
  • Brian Dennehy: Rosie Little
  • Zachary Ittimangnaq: Ootek
  • Samson Jorah: Mike
  • Martha Ittimangnaq: Woman
  • Hugh Webster: Drunk
  • Tom Dahlgren: Hunter #1
  • Walker Stuart: Hunter #2


  • Director: Carroll Ballard
  • Producers: Lewis Allen, Jack Couffer and Joseph Strick
  • Music: Mark Isham

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