Borka and his band and Mattis's band of robbers are rivals. Birk, his parents and their band live in the wild in Mattisforrest. They move in to Metis-stronghold, which belonged to his ... See full summary »
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
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Ayla walked with the Cave Bear. She had spoken out for Creb because she loved him. The sign had finally come. She understood the vision. Durc was of the Clan, and one day he would be their leader. She must find her own people. She must walk alone. Everything she had lived through had prepared her for this journey - and she was not afraid. For the first time Ayla felt the strength of her own spirit.
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I first saw 'Cave Bear' when it first came out on video back in 1986 and quite enjoyed it, though it did wander far from the novel. Having recently bought it on DVD as an adult I can honestly say the film still looks great but the film makers took a powerful, epic story and turned it into a one dimensional piece of fluff that never succeeds in enthralling us. I have always been a huge fan of Daryl Hannah, and though she really seems to be doing her best here, I believe she was miss cast. Ayla was meant to be a young teenage girl - Daryl was far too old. The fault here of course is not with Daryl but with the Director and Producers. The main saving grace of the film is the cinematography - it looks beautiful and must have been a difficult film to light considering it all had to look natural and ambient. The DVD release was aweful - it wasn't in widescreen and looked little better than video. It was released by 'Force Video' (never heard of em') and didn't even feature a scene selection function. I know that Jean M. Auel was not entirely happy with the film (I wrote to her once and was thrilled to receive a letter back from her, some of it even hand written by her!) so perhaps one day the entire series of 'Earth's Children' books could be made into a mini-series for television.
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