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(1981)

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In an interview, Shelley Long said that at her audition, she didn't speak any English. She responded to everything with an ad-libbed series of grunts. It obviously worked.
The film opens up with "One Zillion BC - October 9th". This date of October 9th was John Lennon's birthday. This was in memory of this movie's lead star Ringo Starr's friend and former band-mate with The Beatles.
When showing at the old drive-in theaters in Australia every ticket holder was given a pamphlet with approximately 30 "caveman words" and an English translation for each word to listen for through the movie.
Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach began their long relationship after meeting on the set of this movie. They were married ten months after they met.
The following Cavespeak from the movie translates as follows: "alunda" - love; "bobo" - friend; "haraka" - fire; "macha" - monster; "nya" - no/not; "ool" - food; "pooka" - broken; "ugh" - like; "kooda" - come/follow; "zug zug" - have sex; "fecchh" - "shit"/general profanity.
The only actor who speaks any English in this movie is Evan C. Kim as Nook.
This movie was the first major theatrical role for Shelley Long.
This movie was released the same year as a serious "caveman" movie, Quest for Fire (1981), as well as Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I (1981), which had its own comic caveman sequence.
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Before she met Ringo Starr and the two fell in love, Barbara Bach is on record as saying that she was originally disappointed that the lead part had gone to him instead of "a top comedian like Dudley Moore".
The picture was nominated for Worst Picture at the Hastings Bad Cinema Society's 4th Stinkers Bad Movie Awards in 1981.
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Feature directorial debut of Carl Gottlieb.
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Jim Danforth, special effects designer of the stop-motion animated dinosaurs (the dinosaur and effects designer), apparently left the production of this movie about two-thirds of the way through because the Directors Guild of America allegedly disallowed his already contracted co-director credit alongside director Carl Gottlieb. Therefore, Danforth is not credited as a director on this picture, only for special effects and second unit director.
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