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Caveman (1981)

 -  Comedy | Sci-Fi  -  17 April 1981 (USA)
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A caveman seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cavewoman.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Atouk
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Lar
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Tala
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Gog
Cork Hubbert ...
Ta
Mark King ...
Ruck
Paco Morayta ...
Flok
Evan C. Kim ...
Nook (as Evan Kim)
Ed Greenberg ...
Kalta
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Jack Scalici ...
Folg
Erika Carlsson ...
Folg's Mate (as Erica Carlson)
Gigi Vorgan ...
Folg's Daughter
Sara López Sierra ...
Folg's Younger Daughter (as Sara Lopez Sierra)
Esteban Valdez ...
Folg's Son
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Storyline

A simple caveman accidently becomes leader of a clan of cavemisfits and outcasts. But he ultimately wants to outsmart the bigger, stronger leader of his former clan and win the affection of a beautiful cavewoman. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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caveman | gay | gay couple | dinosaur | spoof | See more »

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Back when you had to beat it before you could eat it... See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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17 April 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cavernícola  »

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Trivia

This movie was the first major theatrical role for Shelley Long. See more »

Goofs

Aircraft contrails visible in the sky during the pterodactyl sequence. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lar: [whispering to Gog] Atouk alounda Tala.
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Crazy Credits

The Critters Abominable Snowman ... Richard Moll Tyrannosaurus Rex ... Himself Big Horned Lizard ... Himself Pterodactyl ... Herself Howling Lizard ... Himself See more »

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It's harmless fun and enjoyable enough to watch every so often.
24 December 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Caveman is one of those movies which, like Airplane, is funniest at it's first viewing. Subsequent viewings don't really stand the test of time.

That said it's a pretty funny film (anything with Ringo Starr as the main actor has to be inherently ridiculous). Dennis Quaid gets an early part as the hero's side-kick and Barbara Bach is the love interest.

There are plenty of funny moments, but it's the creatures that really steal the film. They're all animated by stop-motion and have the most ridiculously bulging golf-ball eyes. They also have been given a certain amount of anthropomorphism, which makes them characters, not merely decorations.

This movie is also almost entirely dialogued in "Caveman-ish" Apart from one scene, there's no English spoken at all. However, it takes almost no time to pick up the entire caveman vocabulary and you'll find caveman words creeping into your everyday life when you least expect it. Words like "Tonda", "Zug-zug" and "Macha" all have their place and you'll find yourself using them amongst your friends if you watch the movie together with a few beers.

It seems incredible, though, that when the film was released theatrically, they handed out flyers explaining the language and what the words meant. How stupid did they think the average movie-goer was? It's far more fun and entertaining to figure it out yourself, and to be honest, it's not at all hard.

It's also surprising that this flick doesn't turn up on TV more often. It's harmless fun and enjoyable enough to watch every so often.


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