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Encino Man (1992)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy  -  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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Storyline

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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Where The Stone Age Meets The Rock Age! See more »

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

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$40,693,477 (USA)
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Trivia

Both Jonathan Ke Quan (Data) and Sean Astin (Mikey) appeared on-screen together briefly in this movie. It marks the first and only time any original cast members of The Goonies (1985) appeared on screen together again. See more »

Goofs

Stony says Matt has 18-inch biceps. Arnold Schwarzenegger's arms were 22 inches at his competitive prime. It's very unlikely that even a large high school student (which Matt clearly isn't) would be so muscular. Stony said his own arms were 4 inches, so he may have been exaggerating. See more »

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Link: Betty nugs.
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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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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »

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Reality Used to Be a Friend of Mine
Words and Music by Prince B. (as Attrell Cordes)
Performed by PM Dawn
Courtesy of Gee Street/Island Records
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This movie helped save my life!
11 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I Mean that literally!

I was going through a rough time in my life, and Encino Man was the only thing that could make me laugh!

Brendan Fraser was terrific, and I even learned how to like Pauly Shore after this movie...who up to this point I couldn't stand!

I saw it 8 (yes, that's EIGHT) times at the theatre in a four week period when it was out, and have watched it dozens of times since on video. Despite it's absurd premise, the movie worked for me, in the relationships that developed between Link, Dave, and Stoney, and the little family the three of them made.

It's goofy, it's at times stupid..and it's all around FUNNY! Just one of those little movies that if you will allow yourself to put reality on hold for 90 minutes, it can and will charm the socks off of you.


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