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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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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)


$40,693,477 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Encino man is also known as California man. See more »


During the first scene lots of things fall down during the earthquake, but a full ten seconds after the shaking stops, the ICEE falls. In addition, there is a basketball seen later on the shelf above his bed, which, being round, should have easily fallen down, but is not seen. See more »


Dave: Stop! Stop, where did you go? You just took off after school. Do you know how worried I've been?
Stoney: God, Dave, you sound like my Mom.
Dave: God, you can't do that to me.
[looking more closely at Link]
Dave: What's on his Nose?
Stoney: Ya know what, Dave, just Chill, 'cause you know why? Link and I had a Stoney time at the Mountain.
Dave: You took him to Mega Mountain? Are you crazy?
Stoney: Yeah, 'cause they're ridin' The Vapor in reverse.
Dave: They are?
Stoney: Unh-huh!
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Crazy Credits

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


References Late Night with David Letterman (1982) See more »


Young and Dumb
Words and Music by Ward Welch, Almer Brandt, Brandon Matheson and John Berstein
Performed by The Scream
Courtesy of Hollywood Records
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My favorite late night movie of all time.
12 June 2002 | by (Chicagooooooo) – See all my reviews

On weekends, after a long day of partying, I feel ready for a laugh. So, I put ENCINO MAN in the VCR and laugh myself silly. I have seen this movie so many times, that I could probably mimic the entire thing. Pauly Shore is a riot. And even better that they have him casted as a high school student. He's about ten years out of high school. But he is what makes the movie. Brendan Fraser wasn't really known all that well when he made this one. It pretty much began his career. See this if you are in a mood where everything seems funny to you. Those are the kinds of moods that make you pass out from laughing too hard. This one is definitely good for a laugh.....5/5.

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