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The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

A young Cro-Magnon woman is raised by Neanderthals.

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At a time in prehistory when Neanderthals shared the Earth with early Homo sapiens, a band of cave-dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla, a child of the "Others". As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage (unlike other women of the clan), she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud, who will one day be clan leader. Based on Jean M. Auel's popular book, there is minimal narration; subtitles translate the Neanderthal gestures and primitive spoken language. Written by Susan Pudlo

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At The Dawn Of Mankind, A Woman Led The Way.


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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

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Ayla und der Clan des Bären  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,953,732 (USA)
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Trivia

A planned back-to-back sequel never made it into production. See more »

Quotes

Brun: You want to be a leader, Broud, but a man who hits his people can never lead the Clan.
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Referenced in Sex and Death 101 (2007) See more »

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Decent adaption of an epic novel
19 September 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

The movie version of 'Clan of the cave bear' isn't really a bad adaption - but the very fact that this is a movie, running less than two hours, forces it to be a very compact version of the book. A lot of the details are left out, which of course is unfortunate.

Overall, the acting is quite good. How are we really supposed to act so it will be like neanderthals? Can you really put all their knowledge and way of life and act it out when modern man is so much different (or are we?). Daryl Hannah is probably a good choice for Ayla at the time, and thanks to the 80's still Allowing 'rougher stuff' to be shown, or as I prefer it: more natural, the abuse described in Auel's novel is to most extent included.

To sum it up: an OK adaption, but a 2-hour movie does not make this novel justice.


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