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Writers (WGA):
George Dawes Green (novel)
George Dawes Green (screenplay)
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20 September 2001 (Malaysia) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Romulus

Colm Feore ... Leppenraub

Ann Magnuson ... Moira
Damir Andrei ... Arnold

Aunjanue Ellis ... Lulu

Tamara Tunie ... Sheila

Peter MacNeill ... Cork

Jay Rodan ... Joey / No Face

Rodney Eastman ... Matthew

Anthony Michael Hall ... Bob
Kate McNeil ... Betty

Leonard L. Thomas ... Shaker / Greater No Face (as Leonard Thomas)

Joris Jarsky ... Boy Toy / Andy (as Joris Jorsky)
Pierre Alcide ... Toupee
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Walter
Sean MacMahon ... Scotty (as Sean Macmahon)

Vija Zvers ... Penny (as Vija Brigita Grosgalvis)

Phillip Jarrett ... Chore
Cecil Phillips ... Manuel
Henry Stram ... Social Worker

Carla Collins ... First Reporter
Deborah Lobban ... Librarian

Erik LaRay Harvey ... Young Rom (as Erik Laray Harvey)
Mica Le John ... Young Lulu
Joanna Jang ... Beauty / Cassandra (as Joanne Jang)

Alex Karzis ... Byzantine Emperor / Dan
Valerie Boyle ... Lucinda (as Val Boyle)
Andre Matthews ... Seraph Dancer
Horace Abel ... Seraph Dancer
Phillip Harding ... Seraph Dancer
Dave Smith ... Seraph Dancer

Warren Belle ... Seraph Dancer

Lyriq Bent ... Seraph Dancer
Robert Warner ... Seraph Dancer
Richard Fagon ... Seraph Dancer
Julian Adigun ... Seraph Dancer
Ken Sylvan ... Seraph Dancer
Chad Keens-Douglas ... Seraph Dancer
Barrington Bignall ... Seraph Dancer
Blair Liburd ... Seraph Dancer
Glen Miller ... Seraph Dancer

Junior Brown ... Seraph Dancer
John Strong ... Seraph Musician
Lowell Hall ... Seraph Musician
Nicholas Shand ... Seraph Musician
Fern Bellavance ... Seraph Musician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Burrows ... Businessman (uncredited)

Kristen Ross ... Girl at party (uncredited)

Alem Brhan Sapp ... Michael (uncredited)

Directed by
Kasi Lemmons 
Writing credits
George Dawes Green (novel)

George Dawes Green (screenplay)

Produced by
Pamela Abdy .... co-producer
Michael Bennett .... co-producer
Nicolas Clermont .... executive producer
Stephanie Davis .... co-executive producer
Danny DeVito .... producer (as Danny Devito)
Mike Drake .... associate producer (as Michael Drake)
Scott Frank .... producer
James A. Holt .... co-producer (as James Holt)
Samuel L. Jackson .... executive producer
Elie Samaha .... producer
Eli Selden .... executive producer
Michael Shamberg .... producer
Stacey Sher .... producer
Tracee Stanley .... associate producer
Andrew Stevens .... producer
Jonathan Weisgal .... co-executive producer
Julie Yorn .... executive producer
Don Carmody .... executive producer (uncredited)
Shane Kinnear .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Amy Vincent (director of photography) (as Amelia Vincent)
Film Editing by
Terilyn A. Shropshire 
Casting by
Jaki Brown  (as Jaki Brown-Karman)
Nadia Rona (uncredited)
Production Design by
Robin Standefer 
Art Direction by
Grant Van Der Slagt 
Set Decoration by
Peter P. Nicolakakos  (as Peter Nick)
Costume Design by
Denise Cronenberg 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson (as Allan Apone)
Sylvain Cournoyer .... key makeup artist
Zoltan Elek .... special effects makeup
Patricia Grande .... key hair stylist: New York
Don Kozma .... key makeup artist: New York
Carol Puckrin .... assistant hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson .... hair stylist: Mr. Jackson (as Robert Stevenson)
Vincent Sullivan .... key hair stylist
Dorota Zajac .... assistant makeup artist
Allan A. Apone .... prosthetics makeup artist (uncredited)
Adam Brandy .... special makeup effects laboratory technician (uncredited)
Dan Crawley .... gelatin prosthetics (uncredited)
Dean Jones .... makeup lab (uncredited)
Adenike Wright .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Blair Breard .... unit production manager: New York
Tammy Quinn .... unit production manager
Michael Tinger .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Boem .... third assistant director
Michele Rakich .... second assistant director
Lisa M. Rowe .... second assistant director: New York (as Lisa Rowe)
Andrew Shea .... first assistant director
Kathryn-Ann Oaks Shertzer .... second second assistant director: New York (as Kathryn Shertzer)
Andrew Pritchard .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Stephen Alesch .... art director: New York
Stephen Alesch .... visual consultant
Deryck Blake .... property master
Fabian Bolzonello .... locations carpenter
Rudy Braun .... art department apprentice
Michelle Bridgman .... art department coordinator
Roland Brooks .... charge scenic: New York
Joseph Deluca .... standby dresser: New York (as Joe Deluca)
Peter Dwyer .... assistant head carpenter
Courtney Engelstein .... art department assistant: New York
John Grimolizzi .... construction coordinator: New York
Sandy Hamilton .... prop master: New York
Paul Hannigan .... welder
Richard Hebrank .... key construction grip: New York
Chris Holbrook .... shop scenic: New York
Mari Laughlen .... assistant property master
Michael Madden .... set designer
I.R. McEune .... assistant scenic (as Rob McEune)
Brad Milburn .... art department apprentice
Kris Moran .... assistant prop master: New York
Tim Murton .... key scenic
Anne Marie Mustafa .... art department coordinator: New York (as Annemarie Mustafa)
Donal O'Donaghue .... head carpenter (as Donal O'Donoghue)
Ken Samaroo .... on-set painter (as Kenneth Samaroo)
Charles Sharun .... scenic artist
Karl Shefelman .... storyboard artist: New York
Michael Sherwin .... head plasterer
Carl Sprague .... art director: New York
Derek Stevenson .... scenic artist
Donald Vandewater .... construction coordinator (as Don Vandewater)
Arlindo Vicente .... leadman
Chris Vogt .... set dresser: New York (as Chris M. Vogt)
Rohan Walters .... art department apprentice
Dave Weinman .... leadman: New York
Alyssa Winter .... set decorator: New York
Kelly Brine .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Christopher Glass .... production illustrator (uncredited)
Angelo Stea .... set buyer (uncredited)
Mark Steel .... key greensman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (as Greg Barbanell)
Bob Beher .... foley supervisor
David Bell .... cable puller (as Dave Bell)
Brian Best .... sound editor (as Brian T. Best)
Matthew C. Beville .... adr mixer (as Matt Beville)
Chad Blinman .... adr recordist
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Eddie Bydalek .... sound mixing recordist
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Michael C. Casper .... sound re-recording mixer (as Michael Casper)
William Cawley .... assistant sound editor (as Bill Cawley)
Bradley Clouse .... first assistant sound editor
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
Glen Gauthier .... production sound mixer
Frank Graziadei .... cable puller: New York
Kirk Herzbrun .... sound effects intern
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... supervising adr editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... supervising dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Steve Nelson .... sound editor (as Steven F. Nelson)
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer (as Tom O'Connell)
Andy Peach .... sound mixing recordist (as Andrew Peach)
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer: New York
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Louis Sabat .... boom operator: New York
Kim Secrist .... sound editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Eric Thompson .... foley mixer
Tim Walston .... sound designer
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Matt Cluett .... sound transferer (uncredited)
Charles Deenen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Stuart Emanuel .... adr editor: New York (uncredited)
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Michael Bird .... special effects: New York
Wilfred Caban .... special effects: New York (as Wil Caban)
Carmen M. Campolo Jr. .... special effects: New York (as Carmen Michael Campolo Jr.)
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects: New York (as Steve Kirshoff)
Robert J. Scupp .... special effects: New York (as Robert Scupp)
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Dean Stewart .... special effects office administrator (uncredited)
Sophie Vertigan .... pre-rigging key-snow (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Alkan .... 3D animator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Terry Bradley .... 3D animator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Lisa Carr-Harris .... 2D artist: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Leo Chan .... technical support: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures (as Leo Cha N)
Sara Fillmore .... production manager: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Caroline Gibb .... technical support: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Daniel Gibson .... assistant on-set special effects key: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures (as Dan Gibson)
Andrew Ho .... technical support: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Nick Hsieh .... 2D artist: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Shane Kinnear .... executive producer: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Michael Kowalski .... 3D animator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Michael Kowalski .... production manager: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Tanya Kuzmanovic-Howard .... production manager: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Warren J.W. Leathem .... 3D animator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures (as Warren Leathem)
Daniel Lee .... 2D artist: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Allan Magled .... 3D animator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Martin Malivoire .... special effects coordinator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Bob Munroe .... visual effects supervisor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Marcus Rait .... on-set special effects key: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Costa Roussakis .... technical support: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
John A. Shaw .... technical support: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Brian A. Smeets .... animation supervisor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Ji Hyung Sung .... 3D animator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Martin Tori .... assistant on-set supervisor: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures (as Joseph Tori)
Tracey Vaz .... 2D artist: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Mark Visser .... technical support: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Patrik Witzmann .... 3D animator: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Alphonso Young .... 2D artist: C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera (uncredited)
Roy T. Anderson .... stunts (as Roy Anderson)
Tommy Chang .... stunts
Kiante Elam .... stunt coordinator: New York
Kiante Elam .... stunts
Mic Jones .... stunts
Angelica Lisk-Hann .... stunts (as Angela Lisk)
Darren Marsman .... stunts (as Darren Marsmen)
Angela Meryl .... stunts
Branko Racki .... stunt coordinator (as Branco Racki)
Branko Racki .... stunts (as Branco Racki)
Dexter Roberts .... stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunts
Matt Birman .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Boniece .... key rigging grip: New York (as Jim Boniece)
Russel Bowie .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Billy Brown .... best boy
Michael Cambria .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
Andrew Casey .... camera operator: "b" camera, New York
Andrew Casey .... steadicam operator: New York
Henry Cline .... camera operator: "a" camera
Jack Coffen .... best boy electric: New York (as John 'Jack' Coffen)
Ray Collins .... second assistant camera: New York (as Raymond Collins)
Andy Day .... rigging gaffer: New York
Bryan Forde .... gaffer
Michael Gallart .... gaffer: New York (as Mike Gallart)
Darcy Gasparovic .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Greg Haddow .... best boy
Michael L. Hall .... rigging gaffer (as Mike Hall)
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Amanda Hudson .... loader: New York
Eric Anthony Johnson .... photographer: Leppenraub
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip
Steve Klys .... grip
Marek Krawczyk .... electrician (as Mark Krawczyk)
Gary Lamantia .... wescam technician: New York
Mitchell Andrew Lillian .... key grip: New York (as Mitch Lillian)
Bobby Mancuso .... first assistant camera: New York
Charlie Marroquin .... best boy grip: New York
Rick Marroquin .... dolly grip: New York
Kevin McKenna .... video assist: New York
Hugh Montgomerie .... electrician
Christopher Prampin .... gaffer: New York (as Chris Prampin)
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Rob Rice .... grip
Eric Swanek .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, New York
Eric Swanek .... steadicam operator: New York
John Trapman .... camera operator: Wescam camera, New York
Samuel Turturici .... grip (as Sam Turturici)
Sarah Warland .... camera loader
Ken Wyke .... electrician
Ron Yolevsky .... best boy
Tim Davis .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Michael Fradianni .... electrician (uncredited)
Andrew Medicky .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Donna Dupere .... extras casting (as Donna Dupere-Taylor)
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting: New York (as Karen Etcoff)
Atiyah Muhammad .... casting assistant: New York
Pete Taylor .... extras casting associate
Aric Dupere .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Cindy Roth .... casting associate: Canada (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanna Brett .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Natalie Bronfman .... wardrobe assistant
Christina Cattle .... wardrobe assistant
Brenda Gilles .... costume supervisor
Joni M. Huth .... seamstress: New York (as Joni Huth)
Askia Won-Ling Jacob .... dresser: Mr. Jackson (as Askia Jacob)
Whitney Kyles .... wardrobe production assistant: New York
Ingrid Price .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Editorial Department
Desha Dauchan .... editorial intern
Janice Friedman .... assistant editor
John Hendrickson .... second assistant film editor
Bob McMillian .... color timer (as Bob MacMillan)
Ralph O. Sepulveda Jr. .... first assistant film editor
Alexis Seymour .... avid assistant
Frank Cuomo .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Timothy Adams Jr. .... percussion consultant
Terence Blanchard .... conductor
Terence Blanchard .... orchestrator
Terence Blanchard .... performer: 'Romulus' piano compositions
Robin Burgess .... session producer
Steve Culp .... assistant music engineer
Buck Damon .... music supervisor
Tony Dimito .... assistant music editor
Erika Duffee .... music production assistant
Michael Esneault .... assistant music copyist
Sam Hofstedt .... assistant music engineer
Simon James .... music contractor
Don Murray .... music engineer
Bruce Nasmith .... musical instrument consultant
Awadagin Pratt .... performer: 'Romulus' piano compositions
Robert Puff .... assistant music copyist
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor
Karen Schwartz .... technical advisor: piano
Lori Slomka .... music editor
Kenya Tillery .... music sound assistant (as Kenya Tillary)
Jay Weigel .... music copyist
Jay Weigel .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Rudy Baccuchi .... driver
Wilfred Bell .... driver
Dave Cotton .... head driver
Mike Easter .... teamster co-captain: New York (as Michael C. Easter)
Kenny Gaskins .... teamster captain: New York (as Kenneth Gaskins)
Norm Henderson .... transportation coordinator
Bill Jackson .... driver
Joe Muscat .... driver (as Joseph Muscat)
John Ozlins .... transportation captain (as John Ozolins)
Don Retzer .... driver
Other crew
C-Nedra Al-Thor .... payroll accountant (as Susan Al'Thor)
Alexis Arnold .... production coordinator: New York
Heath Jacob Baldwin .... assistant production coordinator: New York
Dayan Ballweg .... assistant: Ms. Lemmons
Damon Bingham .... assistant: Mr. Shamberg
Jill Bridgman .... assistant production coordinator
Matthew Campbell .... assistant set supervisor
Stephen Carr .... locations assistant: New York
Stephen Carr .... locations scout: New York
Noreen R. Cheleden .... key production assistant: New York
Jill R. Cohen .... production legal: Cohen & Reder (as Jill Cohen Esq.)
Mark Dornfeld .... titles and opticals: Custom Film Effects
Amanda Dragon .... assistant: Mr. Devito
Ted Fairchild .... assistant: Mr. Bennett, New York
Debora Fearon .... craft service: New York
Kristen Figeroid .... assistant: Mr. Stevens
Andrea Franks .... production coordinator
James A. Frith .... office production assistant (as Jamie Firth)
Jennifer Fukasawa .... assistant: Ms. Abdy
Winnie Gainer .... account clerk
Kelly Glover .... accounting assistant: New York
Anthony F. Grani .... office production assistant (as Anthony Grani)
Ian Harrington .... assistant: Mr. Devito
Joel Hay .... production assistant
Michael E. Hernandez .... catering: New York (as Michael Hernandez)
Richard Hughes .... location manager
Rodney Itier .... assistant: Mr. Samaha
Anne Johnson .... production accountant: New York (as Anne K. Johnson)
Tudor Jones .... set production assistant: New York
Jane Kelly Kosek .... production secretary: New York
Cheryl Lemmons .... psychiatric consultant: Mr. Jackson (as Cheryl Lemmons M.D.)
Eric Lewis .... hand double: piano
Sindy Lin .... assistant: Ms. Sher
Jimmy Locust .... assistant choreographer
Julie McCambley .... production secretary
Ray McCort .... helicopter pilot (as Ray McCourt)
David M. McGuire .... locations assistant: New York (as Dave McGuire)
John Mendes .... assistant location manager
Murphy Occhino .... set production assistant: New York
Andrew Pritchard .... production assistant
John Rakich .... production assistant: locations
Bruce Raymer .... craft service: Reelcraft
Benjamin R. Reder .... production legal: Cohen & Reder (as Ben Reder Esq.)
Andre Rivera .... office production assistant: New York
Dug Rotstein .... script supervisor (as Dug Rothstein)
Jesse Rupert .... assistant accountant
Otis Sallid .... choreographer
Scott Schaeffer .... set production assistant: New York
Susanne Schlomer .... assistant: Mr. Bennett
Lianne Seal .... assistant accountant (as Lianne Seal Halls)
Ben Selkow .... set production assistant: New York (as Ben Selko)
Ian Smith .... farm representative
Leonard L. Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Jackson (as Leonard Thomas)
Dale C. Todd .... payroll accountant: New York (as Dale Todd)
Karen Tyrell .... unit publicist
Gayle Vangrofsky .... assistant locations manager: New York
Ian Watermeier .... finance coordinator
Thomas J. Whelan .... locations manager: New York (as Tom Whelan)
Sheila Woodley .... production accountant
Jim Jaffe .... product placement (uncredited)
Ray McCort .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
George Ploszczansky .... site manager (uncredited)
Shabazz Ray .... stand-in: Samuel L. Jackson (uncredited)
Vondie Curtis-Hall .... the producers wish to thank (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Martha Denbel .... the producers wish to thank
Denis Frauenhofer .... the producers wish to thank
Dorothy Frauenhofer .... the producers wish to thank
Nikki Allyn Grosso .... the producers wish to thank (as Nikki Allen Grosso)
Henry Hunter Hall .... the producers wish to thank (as Hunter Hall)
Zora Hall .... the producers wish to thank
Billie Neal .... dedicatee: for Billie - 1955-1999; love you baby, always have, always will (as Billie)
Frank Wuliger .... the producers wish to thank
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Also Known As:
"Caveman" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality
105 min
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Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant supposedly resides at the top of the Chrysler Building.See more »
Continuity: When Sheila wakes Romulus to tell him he's being misled, Moira turns and pulls the bedclothes up enough to show that she's wearing blue-checkered shorts. A short while later, when Romulus is getting out of bed, Moira is obviously naked.See more »
[first lines]
Romulus Ledbetter:Don't you watch me! You think you're gonna crawl into my brain and see a show? That what I am? Is that what you think?
Social Worker:What I think, Mr. Ledbetter, is that the temperature is dropping.
Romulus Ledbetter:I got freezing temperatures all over my brain. And I got legends of angels up there! Like little moths, and they'll beat the hell out of you with their wings!
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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Kasi Lemmons Delivers, 31 July 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

The thin line between genius and insanity is examined in this story of a gifted man estranged from his family and separated from his vocation by his seemingly unfounded paranoia. `The Caveman's Valentine,' directed by Kasi Lemmons, stars Samuel L. Jackson as Romulus Ledbetter, a former Julliard student, talented composer and pianist who now lives in a cave near a park in New York City. Romulus treads that delicate line between reality and fantasy, his thought process interrupted by the `moth seraphs' that live within his head, but even during his most rational periods the demons of his delusions plague him incessantly. He alternately recoils from and stands boldly upright against the presence of the towering skyscraper (the Chrysler Building) wherein resides the `Big Brother' of his imagination, the man responsible for his present state of being, a man named `Stiverson.' But then again, is it really only in his imagination?

In his cave, Romulus has an unconnected television set he watches, which keeps him abreast of the latest `lies' concocted by those in power and foisted on an unsuspecting public. He lives alone, but is well known on the streets for his vociferous ranting and railings against Stiverson and those who seek to subjugate those like himself, those who haven't the strength or the power to stand up to them. Then one day, in the dead of winter, Romulus emerges one morning from his cave and finds something in a tree just outside. And what he finds sets him upon a quest that will prove to everyone once and for all that he is not crazy, that Stiverson and the others exist and are what he says they are, and if he is successful, he will finally have the proof. Now if he can but stave off his demons and maintain lucidity long enough to do what he must do; he is adamant, but just as he is beginning, `they' introduce their newest weapon which they wield in a soft, green light, the `Z-Rays.' Romulus, however, is frightened but not deterred, and more determined than ever to expose Stiverson for what he is.

Kasi Lemmons, who made an auspicious directorial debut in 1997 with `Eve's Bayou,' presents this complex story with a stylistic and artistic touch that at times evokes the spirit of Fellini (as with the `moth seraphs' sequences which she uses to great effect). She quickly establishes the character of Romulus and sets a pace that allows the mystery to escalate as the story unfolds. Her approach succinctly captures the paranoid world inhabited by Romulus in his own mind, and she plays on his sudden erratic behavior and the unexpected turn in the middle of a scene to build an underlying tension that makes the drama all the more riveting. Most importantly, she manages to go beyond what is happening in the film to convey the true essence of what this story is all about, with insight and an obvious and incisive grasp of human nature.

Samuel L. Jackson gives a dynamic performance as Romulus, who has a tendency to lapse into quiet moments, but guards against them as if they were a threat to his safety. Afraid to let his guard down, he fights his fears with anger and bravura, but clearly that's not who this man really is, which Jackson communicates quite effectively. There's nothing feigned or pretentious about this character, and Jackson takes him from a rational moment into madness seamlessly, which adds to the credibility of not only Romulus, but the entire film. This is not a man to whom you will be able to relate directly, but there are certainly elements of his situation to which you will readily be able to sympathize. Romulus is a thoroughly complex character, and Jackson realizes those complexities with insight and realism.

Also outstanding in one of the smaller, but pivotal supporting roles in Anthony Michael Hall as Bob, the bankruptcy lawyer who encounters Romulus and somewhat indirectly facilitates his mission. Hall has matured as an actor, and this is probably one of the best roles he's had since his youthful efforts in such films as `National Lampoon's Vacation,' and `The Breakfast Club.' Ann Magnuson also gives a noteworthy performance as Moria Leppenraub, the sister of artist David Leppenraub (Colm Feore), who is something of a free spirit and becomes involved with Romulus when certain circumstances lead him to David. Magnuson has a certain charismatic, Shirley MacLaine-like quality about her that makes her accessible and easy to watch, and she is very believable here as Moria.

Rounding out the supporting cast are Tamara Tunie (Shelia), Damir Andrei (Arnold), Aunjanue Ellis (Lulu), Peter MacNeill (Cork), Jay Rodan (Joey), Rodney Eastman (Matthew) and Kate McNeil (Betty). A thought provoking, emotionally involving film that is exceptionally well presented and acted, `The Caveman's Valentine' has something to say about the diversity of a society in which everyone has a place, no matter what they may appear to be, and the fact that absolutely no one should ever be dismissed out-of-hand. It says that there are no `throw-away' people; that the value of an individual often cannot be measured until confronted with extraordinary circumstances, for it is that which brings out the best and drives someone like Romulus to exercise the latent capacity which lies within. One of life's lessons, told here with a profound clarity by Lemmons, through a medium that is the magic of the movies. I rate this one 9/10.

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