Familiy Matinee: Go Green
Never Cry Wolf
dir. Carroll Ballard, US, 1983, 35mm, English and Inuktitut, 105 min.
Based on author Farley Mowat’s autobiographical novel, the film is a fictionalized account of when Mowat was sent to subarctic Canada to collect evidence of the grievous harm the wolf population was allegedly doing to the caribou herds. In his struggle to survive in that difficult environment, the main character, Taylor (Charles Martin Smith), studies the wolves, and realizes that the old beliefs about wolves and their supposed threat are almost totally false. Furthermore, he learns that humans represent a far greater threat to the land, and also to the wolves, a species which plays an important role in the ecosystem of the north.
Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, directed by Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion), and beautifully shot by Hiro Narita, the film received multiple awards for cinematography, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound. Shot on location in the Yukon territory, the film took three and a half years to make, and was completed at an expense of almost $12 million, nearly twice the original budget.