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11 May 2008 (USA) See more »
Clash of the Cavemen explores the long period in Europe when two human species - Neanderthals and modern humans called Cro-Magnons - co-existed... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Silvian Duica ... Jim The Neantderthal

Directed by
Christopher Cassel 
Writing credits
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Christopher Cassel  screenplay

Produced by
Christopher Cassel .... producer
Rakesh Nair .... associate producer
Carmen Pepelea .... line producer
Jeffrey C. Weber .... executive producer
Original Music by
Kerry Muzzey 
Cinematography by
Tim Metzger 
Film Editing by
Jennifer Honn 
Casting by
Laura Grosu 
Liliana Toma 
Production Design by
Adrian Curelea 
Art Direction by
Adrian Curelea 
Costume Design by
Amalia Misaila 
Makeup Department
Hiroe Goto .... prosthetics
Chelsea Manifold .... prosthetics
Holli Martinez .... prosthetics
Paul J. Mason .... makeup department head
Erica Nese .... prosthetics
Carl Paolino .... prosthetics
Jane Rose .... prosthetics
Tate Steinsiek .... prosthetics
Production Management
Raul Cosma .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amalia Morar .... second assistant director
Gabriela Petre .... first assistant director
Special Effects by
Adrian Nica .... special effects technician
Adrian Popescu .... special effects coordinator
Mihai Diaconu .... stunts
Petre Marin .... stunt performer (as Marin Petrica)
Rasvan Puiu .... stunt coordinator
Daniel Visan .... stunt actor
Camera and Electrical Department
Iurie Bustiuc .... first assistant camera
Radu Lopotaru .... camera operator
Radu Marinescu .... key grip
Doru Nica .... gaffer
Toni Salabasev .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monica Florescu .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Sandy Patch .... colorist
Location Management
Marius Florescu .... location assistant
Razvan Radutiu .... location manager
Transportation Department
Relu Cojanu .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Teo Bostanica .... key assistant
Elena Neacsu .... production coordinator
Marius Serban .... production assistant
Daniela Soare .... extras coordinator
Cosmina Tudor .... production accountant

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Bad Science or racism, 1 August 2010
Author: Brian Gay from United States

This documentary was excellent with one glaring exception. There is a shocking lack of understanding about the effects of vitamin D, sunlight, on skin color of the species homo sapiens (including the subspecies Homo Sapiens Neandertalis).

The documentary shows Neandertals as dark haired, brown eyed, swarthy people with dirty hair and faces. It shows the cro magnons as blond haired and blue eyed. One was even shown as a red head. They are clean shaven, their hair is nice and clean, etc. Grooming aside, the facts of the documentary are just wrong.

It has been long understood that when man leaves the equatorial regions less sunlight leads to vitamin D deficiencies. Over many generations the skin of humans living in northern latitudes lightens to compensate for this decreased sunlight. Cro Magnons being recent arrivals would have been very dark skinned.

Showing the Neandertals who had been in Europe for approximately 200,000 years at the time as dark skinned is completely and unexplainably wrong for a supposedly scientific documentary.

Neandertals can be safely assumed to have been fair skinned with blond hair and blue eyes. Conversely, Cro Magnon man having recently (in evolutionary terms) left the equatorial regions would have been much darker in complexion that the Neandertals he met.

Is this error some sort of bizarre racism on the part of the producers, or is it just very bad science. Either way it is amazing to me that such a glaring error could be committed in a documentary.

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