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Year One (2009)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Comedy | 19 June 2009 (USA)
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After being banished from their tribe, two hunter-gatherers encounter Biblical characters and eventually wind up in the city of Sodom.



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Zed, a prehistoric would-be hunter, eats from a tree of forbidden fruit and is banished from his tribe, accompanied by Oh, a shy gatherer. On their travels, they meet Cain and Abel on a fateful day, stop Abraham from killing Isaac, become slaves, and reach the city of Sodom where their tribe is now enslaved. Zed and Oh are determined to rescue the women they love, Maya and Eema. Standing in their way is Sodom's high priest and the omnipresent Cain. Zed tries to form an alliance with Princess Innana, which may backfire. Can an inept hunter and a smart but slender and diffident gatherer become heroes and make a difference? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Adventure | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Year One  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,610,304 (USA) (19 June 2009)


$43,337,279 (USA) (14 August 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film directed by Harold Ramis. It's also his last acting role. See more »


At the beginning of the stoning scene, a man is standing behind the kid, with his hands on the kid's shoulders. Later in the scene, a different man is standing behind the kid, with his hands resting on the kid's shoulders. See more »


Cain: [to his father Adam, while trying to flee on a slow-moving cart] Eat my dust, father!
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Crazy Credits

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References There Will Be Blood (2007) See more »


Put the Message in the Box
Written by Karl Wallinger
Performed by World Party
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User Reviews

Not worth it
16 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The trailer was funnier than the movie. I was somewhat looking forward to seeing this film, and was greatly disappointed when it turned out to be completely awful. There were some funny moments, but they were swallowed up by the sheer stupidity of the rest. I seriously doubt that fans of Black or Cera will be pleased with this film.

I was lucky enough to see this movie at a free pre-screening. That makes me pretty happy, because I would have been distraught if I had to pay $7.50 to sit through this mess. The plot was very contrived, and the historical humour fizzled out after the first twenty minutes. The rest of the movie relied on a myriad of sexual innuendos that were overused and abused. Overall, the movie became very unenjoyable and although there were a few laughs hidden in there, they could not make up for the rest.

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