I was driving home from the gym this morning when a piece of music came on the radio that kindled a long lost memory. It was a piece of music by the composer Mark Isham, from the soundtrack to the movie Never Cry Wolf.
Back in 1983, I was soon to start my nursing training. The world was a very different place back then and I remember this movie had a profound impact on me. I first watched it at the local cinema and later at least another six times at home rented out on VHS.
It was the year of ‘Flashdance’ and Risky Business’ and ‘Blue Thunder’ and ‘Star Wars: Episode VI’.
Never Cry Wolf was released by Disney studios, but it is not at all a typical Disney movie.
It is bleak and sparce. A slow, quiet study of wilderness, the human condition and our impact on the environment. I now remember feeling a deep affinity to the main character, a research scientist named Tyler who is sent to a remote location in the Canadian tundra to study the local wolf population.
It’s been at least 38 years since I watched Never Cry Wolf, and in the interim, I have somehow completely forgotten about it and the impact it had on me. Until today. Weird.
I think over again my small adventures,inuit song
… My fears,
Those small ones that seemed so big.
For all the vital things I had to get and to reach.
And yet there is only one great thing,
The only thing.
To live to see … the great day that dawns
And the light that fills the world.
Of course time has a habit of distorting recollections, and I fear if this waaaay post-1983 Ian watched it again it might appear lame and dated and boring. Completely spoiling my feeling of it and the wash of accompanying memories.
Yet I was surprised to find out that on the movie rating site Rotten Tomatoes it scored a whopping 100% aggregated score from 19 official reviews, and a decent 83% audience score.
Perhaps I will seek it out for another viewing after all.
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