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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
Dalton James ...
Will, Matt's Thug #2
Kim (as Jonathan Quan)
Ellen Blain ...
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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Where The Stone Age Meets The Rock Age! 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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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$40,693,477 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Partially unused score by Jonathan Sheffer. See more »


When Dave's mom asks Link if his necklace is old, Link nods in the affirmative. If Link was a caveman and still had very limited speaking skills, he wouldn't be able to comprehend the question. He also wouldn't comprehend "I'll be back" or "Wheez the Juice," which he saw people do. He could've seen someone nod and mimicked it at (unknowingly) the right time and right place. See more »


Dave, and Stoney: [after Link enters the Drivers seat of the Student Driver Car] Oh God, Rad Mobile!
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Weird Science: Wyatt Erectus (1994) See more »


Leave My Curl Alone
Words and Music by Hi-C (as C. Wilkerson) and T. Alvarez
Performed by Hi-C
Courtesy of Skanless Records
Sample of "Dusic"
Written by Ray Ransom (as R. Ransom), Reginald Hargis (as R. Hargis) and Jimmy Brown (as J. Brown)
Performed by Brick
Courtesy of Sony Music Licensing
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12 September 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Encino man is brilliantly witty and funny and sums up an era, Fraser is adorable as Link and Pauly Shores humour keeps you giggling throughout the duration of the movie. It's one to watch. It certainly shows the typical life of the early 90's teen, trying to be cool and realising life ain't about that.

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