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Eegah -- Teenagers stumble across a prehistoric caveman, who goes on a rampage.

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Director:
Writers:
Bob Wehling (screenplay)
Arch Hall Sr. (original story)
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Release Date:
1 April 1965 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Crazed Love of a Prehistoric Giant for a Ravishing Teenage Girl! See more »
Plot:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Arch Hall Jr. ... Tom Nelson
Marilyn Manning ... Roxy Miller

Richard Kiel ... Eegah
Arch Hall Sr. ... Robert Miller (as William Watters)
Clay Stearns ... Band Member
Bob Davis ... George

Deke Richards ... Band Member (as Deke Lussier)
Ron Shane ... Detective
Addalyn Pollitt ... George's Wife

Lloyd Williams ... Kruger (as William Lloyd)
Ray Dennis Steckler ... Mr. Fishman (as Ray Steckler)
Bill Rice ... Chef
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carolyn Brandt ... Fishman's Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Arch Hall Sr.  (as Nicholas Merriwether)
 
Writing credits
Bob Wehling (screenplay)

Arch Hall Sr. (original story) (as Nicholas Merriwether)

Produced by
Arch Hall Sr. .... producer (as Nicholas Merriwether)
Don Schneider .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
André Brummer  (as Henry Price)
 
Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks (director of photography) (as Vilis Lapeneicks)
 
Film Editing by
Don Schneider 
 
Production Management
H. Duane Weaver .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Sam Kopetzky .... sound recording engineer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Dennis Steckler .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Arch Hall Jr. .... composer: Eegah theme (uncredited)
Alan O'Day .... composer: Eegah theme (uncredited)
Alan O'Day .... music editor (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Eegah!" - USA (poster title)
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Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
According to Arch Hall Sr., film opened at a drive-in in Omaha, Nebraska and took in $15,000 at this one engagement. This was equal to what he had spent to produce the film.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After Eegah is first discovered, Roxy's father begins to walk off screen but yells "Watch out for snakes" without his lips moving.See more »
Quotes:
Mr. Fishman:Hey, wait a minute, friend! What is this, a masquerade?
Fishman's Girl:THAT is Miller's giant, darling.
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43 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Brilliantly Bad, 15 December 2004
Author: Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com) from Greenwich, CT United States

The great thing about "Eegah!" is that it's memorably awful. Even for a bad film, there's something so unique in the dopiness of this strange tale about a caveman loose in the arid wastes of Palm Springs that it really lifts "Eegah!" up to the level of Ed Wood, Gamera, and the film version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band." Once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. There are many good films you can't say that about.

Richard Kiel, who went on to play a terrific villain in the best James Bond film of the 1970s, "The Spy Who Loved Me," stars as the misunderstood Neanderthal who falls in love with the daughter of famed adventure writer "Robert I. Miller." Like many great men, Dr. Miller is a maze of contradictions, wearing a pith helmet and khaki bush jacket along with black socks and carrying a tiny man-purse. He also installed two mini-ovens in his den, handy for TV snacking.

While trying to take a scintillating photo of a dead campfire, Dr. Miller is surprised by the lumbering giant, who takes him to a cave made of obvious canvas and filled with badly-carved mannequins supposed to be his long-dead kin. It's left up to Dr. Miller's daughter Roxy and her boyfriend, musician and dune-buggy enthusiast Tommy Nelson, to save him. But the horny caveman has other plans for racy Roxy.

Tommy is played by Arch Hall Jr., the other actor in "Eegah!" people remember. Unlike Kiel, it's Hall's performance in this movie that made him famous. He's not exactly repulsive by real-world standards, but his face really sticks out on a movie screen, like Michael J. Pollard crossed with Alfred E. Newman. To make matters worse, he wears his hair in a ridiculously exaggerated greasy blond pompadour and is presented in the film as something of a teen idol, fawned over by the ladies and prone to engaging banter like: "Wowsy wow wow!" It's hard to believe that director Nicholas Merriwether thought this bug-eyed scrub could carry a tuning fork let alone a tune, until you discover Merriwether was the alias of one Arch Hall Sr. (who also played Dr. Miller.)

Giving away more is a disservice. You really have to see the film for yourself. There are many bad films out there, but only one "Eegah!" Even the folks at Mystery Science Theater 3000 couldn't improve on this one, though they tried. Sure, they picked up on one absurd line, "Watch out for snakes," and it's now a catch phrase for those of us who have been "Eegah!-ed." But focusing on just that one line is so wrong, like just thinking "Rosebud" when someone mentions "Citizen Kane." There's so much else going on here, and for once Joel and his 'bots seemed at a loss.

You can't get angry at a film that fails on so many levels. It's like a reverse tutorial in cinematic competency. It's just good these guys found work making movies rather than in nuclear fission.

Really bad music, bad acting, bad dialogue, but all bad in an enjoyable way, like the phony fight scenes by the pool and the way Roxy pretends to cut Kiel's fake beard while her father murmurs creepy encouragement from the sidelines. Bad films are fun to read about, but they are rarely fun to watch the way "Eegah!" is.

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