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Encino Man (1992)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  22 May 1992 (USA)
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When they find a frozen cave-man in their back yard, two high-school outcasts thaw him and introduce him to modern life while he in turn gets them to actually enjoy life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil, Matt's Thug #1
Will, Matt's Thug #2
Kim (as Jonathan Quan)
Ellen Blain ...
Esther Scott ...
Steven Elkins ...


Stoney and Dave find a caveman (Link) trapped in ice, thaw him out, and show him around town. Although Link is slow to catch on to basic concepts of 20th century life, he has no trouble impressing all the girls and helping Stoney and Dave find the coolness they've been searching for. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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A chillin' new comedy in full Neandervision. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

California Man  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)


$40,693,477 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage were both considered for the role of Link before Brendan Fraser was cast See more »


When Link and his girlfriend are trapped by the cave in, Link is wearing a sort of crude hide shirt or jacket. When he comes out of the ice, he is only wearing a loin cloth. See more »


[repeated line]
Stoney: Meat group!
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, the screen shows "THE END" ... and then "BUD-DY" See more »


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Words and Music by Mandawuy Yunupingu (as M. Yunupingu), Paul Kelly (as P. Kelly),
Gapanbulu Yunupingu (as G. Yunupingu), Mikayngu Mununggurr (as M. Mununggurr), Stuart Kellaway (as S. Kellaway),
, Cal Williams (as C. Williams), Peter Garrett (as P. Garrett) and H. Bohannon
Performed by Yothu Yindi
Courtesy of Hollywood Records and Mushroom Records
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The best movie ever made!*
9 April 2005 | by (the big city) – See all my reviews

*about a Cro-Magnon man attending high school.

*featuring Sean Astin as a non-hobbit.

*that's got Pauly Shore in it.

I just saw this movie again after many, many hundreds of years, and bugger me if it hasn't IMPROVED with age! (er, by that I mean it HAS...)

I was a bit like the Sean Astin character when I was at school. If only I'd had a caveman of my own to help me pull chicks, how differently things might have turned out...

Okay, so the movie has no basis in reality, but who would expect it to? Cavemen aside, it's a TEEN movie, and they NEVER depict real people or situations. At least, not on any planet I've ever been to.

This movie doesn't pretend to be anything outstanding. It's intended purely as entertainment, and that's what it is.

It appears to have been promoted as one of those frightful "Pauly Shore movies", but it's not. He's really just a supporting player (and is nowhere near as annoying in small doses, it turns out). This is Brendan Fraser's flick. If anyone else had played Link, I can't imagine the movie being as good as it is.

My one beef is that Sandra Hess ("Cave Nug") wasn't given enough screen time (but then, as far as I'm concerned, she's NEVER given enough screen time).

I never knew Scatterbrain had covered "Mama Said Knock You Out", either. That's cool.

Okay, I'm going for a lie down now.


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