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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 »
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Tagline:
The Crazed Love of a Prehistoric Giant for a Ravishing Teenage Girl! See more »
Plot:
Teenagers stumble across a prehistoric caveman, who goes on a rampage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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B-Sides: Eegah! It's Arch Hall, Jr.
 (From Dread Central. 20 April 2013, 9:00 AM, PDT)

The Sadist Review: Arch Hall, Jr.; d: James Landis
 (From Alt Film Guide. 13 July 2011, 3:13 PM, PDT)

R.I.P. Ray Dennis Steckler
 (From Dread Central. 12 January 2009, 2:04 AM, PST)

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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)
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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)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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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:
Arch Hall Sr. claimed that he came up with the idea for this film after meeting 7'2" Richard Kiel.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the dune buggy turns in front of the camera, the shadow of a crewmember falls on the ground and part of the dune buggy.See more »
Quotes:
[Roxy goes to a party, but is too distressed to enjoy it]
Robert Miller:You know, I think she's still worried about Eegah.
Tom Nelson:Oh, sure. A girl like Roxy don't get over a thing like that right away.
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Soundtrack:
Nobody Lives on the Brownsville RoadSee more »

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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Homer's Odyssey Meets Shakespeare, 9 December 2009
Author: bobloblaw2002 from United States

This is the second-greatest story every told. A lesson for posterity. A tale of star-crossed lovers, tortured souls, intrigue, adventure, passion, lies, anger, denial, betrayal, and finally, redemption. The master story-teller, Arch Hall Sr., regales us with an epic feature that only DeMille or Scorsese could ever truly appreciate in its sheer brilliance, the insane could only ever lament in its simplicity, and the plebeian masses could only ever envy in its complexity.

To experience Eegah is to experience being alive through:

Tommy, our intrepid hero. Although Tommy is the hero here, his dark side is evident when he gratuitously calls Eegah, the giant, "High Pockets." Does a caveman giant not also have feelings? Is this sort of callous disregard for human life really necessary? This style of writing and directing would be copied years later by Peckinpah and Tarantino. Nevertheless, Tommy redeems himself by taking Roxy into the desert to go whizing. These days, that would get you a citation and a restraining order. But in those days, that's how it was done. A guitar, a dune buggy, some bad lyrics and a tube a Brylcreem were the only tools necessary to overcome inequities of mythological proportions. Even brave Ulysses couldn't overcome these odds.

Roxy, a misunderstood teenager. You'd think that you'd have a grip on your adolescent foolishness by your mid thirties. You'd think that if your father tried to whore you off to the first lecherous bearded caveman giant that came along, you'd have a clue that something was wrong in your life. Not Roxy. She's just bought a new swim suit and you oughta see her swim. Blame it on the sulfur water. Notably, ever the avant-garde Director, Arch Hall Sr. makes use of the wild and carefree sexual revolution of the sixties as explored through the subtle nuance of Roxy's Electra complex. This is most evident when Roxy shaves her father's face in Eegah's cave. Disturbing? Perhaps.

Robert I. Miller, writer of all those adventure books, and Roxy's father. He lives up at the club, and has an oven in his living room. He mixes metaphors really badly. He quotes Bible verses that don't exist. Sometimes, he falls on his camera bag. And sometimes, just sometimes, he needs a little extra dose of those "aspirins" in his gear bag. When you were young, your mom told you not to sit so close to the TV. Now you understand why.

Then there's Krueger, the helicopter pilot who is tormented by a life of blown gaskets and acid-induced flashbacks. The headaches never really went away, and the doctors told him that he needed to stop flying people into the desert in his helicopter. How many people had he flown in, now? Was it 40? Was it 50? He couldn't remember. They were still there, where he had left them, in the desert. That wasn't important now. The doctors were trying to take his wings away. But Krueger would show them! He'd find that secret VC ammo dump and really let'em have it! If only the headaches would stop. Really, nothing the VA hospital and a hundred bucks couldn't fix.

And finally, Eegah, the caveman giant. His life was a metaphor for the conflict that exists between our inner-most desires and our need to exist as a civilized society. His downfall was the result of the primitive desires of a caveman that just didn't understand, and a tag-team Tequila themed pool party gone awry. Predictably, these monumental forces converge to create a pool party version of the perfect storm. As we see, the pool party devolves into a drunken debauchery, the likes of which would shock even Nero or Caligula. Should blame be cast upon the Desert Patrol for its lack of pool party etiquette or untrained response to a 311G in progress (large man or giant creating a disturbance)? Should blame be cast upon Roxy for her wild hypnotic dancing and seductive siren-like advances towards one of the band's guitar players? Or perhaps blame should be cast upon Tommy for getting in way over his head in a tag-team rendition of Tequila requiring no less than six musicians, when clearly, the song can only be played safely by no more than three. The message to our society is quite clear: Without the rigid rules of civilization, you too may experience the crazed love of a prehistoric giant. Alas, for Eegah, there are no good answers. God gives pistachios to those that have no teeth, and so it was unto poor Eegah. Yes, I too cried at the end.

I know. "But what of Citizen Kane? Casablanca? Gone with the Wind? Surely these works must come into play before naming a movie the second-greatest story ever told" you may ask. Did Citizen Kane have a bearded caveman giant? Did Casablanca have an oven in the living room? Was there any whizing in Gone with the Wind? I think not. To grasp the significance and depth of a masterpiece such as Eegah, one need only ponder the phrase: "You oughta see. Her. Swim."

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