The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  17 January 1986 (USA)
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A young Cro-Magnon woman is raised by Neanderthals.



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Stars: Nic Rasenti, Millie Brady, Tom Byam Shaw


Cast overview, first billed only:
John Doolittle ...
Adel Hammoud ...
Vorn (as Adel C. Hammoud)
Tony Montanaro ...
John Wardlow ...
Keith Wardlow ...
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...
Aba (as Karen Austin)
Barbara Duncan ...
Gloria Lee ...


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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Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ayla und der Clan des Bären  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$1,953,732 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Brun: You want to be a leader, Broud, but a man who hits his people can never lead the Clan.
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Written by Michael Brook
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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Why was this so coldly received?
9 May 2002 | by (London, England, UK) – See all my reviews

I saw this little unknown gem two days ago, and I was just blown away by all the horrible reviews for it back in 1986. I just don't understand why people didn't want to see a healthy Darryl Hannah as the cave girl, Ayla. Maybe it's because, Darryl Hannah didn't appear nude, even though the costumes are scantily. All in all, It is a nice movie to watch. It tugs at your heartstings seeing all of the brutal honesty presented on screen. And that music! Oh, I was the Niagra Falls from the beautiful music. The most heart-breaking scene of this movie is when Ayla is separated from her mother at 2, from a vicious earthquake. The ghastly "R" rating is unecessary, altough the rape scene is horrible and graphic, they could have sacrificed for a PG or PG13.Watch this one if get the chance. You won't be disappointed!

1986 98 minutes Rated: R CC.

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Why not make it a trilogy like LOTR? ursa-major
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