When Women Had Tails (1970)
"Quando le donne avevano la coda" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  15 October 1970 (Italy)
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A bunch of 7 orphan cavemen grow up on a little island all by themselves. After a fire burns all vegetation they set out to find a new place to live. Here, one day they trap a strange ... See full summary »


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A bunch of 7 orphan cavemen grow up on a little island all by themselves. After a fire burns all vegetation they set out to find a new place to live. Here, one day they trap a strange animal, looking very similar to them, only softer and with longer hair. She (Filli) feels attracted to one of the brothers (Ulli) and convinces him, that a certain kind of playing with each other is far more satisfying than just eating her. He hides her and serves the other cavemen a goat. Soon Ulli and Filli are playing the Johnson-Game quite frequently. But the others find out about this and want to see what's so great with "johnsonning". After they all force Filli to show them the game too, she manages to flee with Ulli. Being pursued by the 6 men of Ulli's clan, they meet the rest of Filli's clan: A tribe of about 150 unsatisfied women, who just love to have new men around for playing. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Caveman meets modern-surrealist-social-DaDa stuff (hint:Lena Wertmuller wrote the screenplay...)
20 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a gas! So, what is bad, anyway? This is an easy favorite if you go for surrealist- social-DaDa-dumb-stuff that is 'beautifully' done (but I like THE SEVEN FACES OF DR LAO too and who's ever heard of that?)... and I watch this movie 'straight' (real ART is all the drug I need) and I love the 'bad' dubbing and the ridiculous music (Ennio Morricone's, remember the great music in THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY) and costumes... the whole gang of poor orphan cavemen, Zog, Kao, Put(poot) and Grr... Who could hate them? The great beauty show segment! There are priceless moments of 'dumb yet sophisticated' humor. There are fun classic phrases our family loves to repeat like when the caveman Grr says "It was a nice try...there's no need to be so cynical" and " I don't know what he's doing... but I'm next!". The script is chock full of these great modern phrases you would never expect to come out of a group of cavemen and this incongruity is the real comic genius of this film and it sustains it! I've laughed my head off just thinking about them!

Lena Wertmuller wrote the screenplay... famous for Swept Away and Seven Beauties. And I've searched all over to find her attributed to this film! I know she wrote it because we point it out in the credits every time we make our poor normal friends watch it! And yes, take heed, this film is a test. You either love it or hate it, and from the look of the statistics posted here at this website... most of you hate it! Forgive Lena, relax and have some laughs. Watch it with friends. So what if your bored for a few moments here and there? You just need to be brave, you need a bit of the degenerate poet in you... a bit of the "silly intellectual"... a bit of the "foibles of humanity amuse you"... and good luck.

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