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Teenage Cave Man (1958)

Approved | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | July 1958 (USA)
A young man defies tribal laws and searches for answers. The result of his quest yields knowledge of past generations.

Director:

Roger Corman

Writer:

R. Wright Campbell (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Vaughn ... The Symbol Maker's Teenage Son
Darah Marshall Darah Marshall ... The Blond Maiden
Leslie Bradley ... The Symbol Maker
Frank DeKova ... The Black-Bearded One (as Frank De Kova)
Charles Thompson Charles Thompson ... Member of the Tribe
June Jocelyn June Jocelyn ... The Symbol Maker's Wife
Jonathan Haze ... The Curly-Haired Boy
Beach Dickerson Beach Dickerson ... Fair-Haired Boy / Man from Burning Plains / Tom-Tom Player / Bear
Ed Nelson ... Blond Tribe Member
Robert Shayne ... The Fire Maker
Marshall Bradford Marshall Bradford ... Member of the Tribe
Joseph Hamilton ... Member of the Tribe (as Joseph H. Hamilton)
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Storyline

Robert Vaughn stars as a white 25-year-old teenage caveman with styled hair who seeks to discover what is in the uncharted jungles beyond his tribe's campsite. It is against the Word (and the Word is the Law), but he breaks it anyway. Soon he discovers a strange creature which kills with its touch. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Nuclear holocaust has destroyed the world as we know it--and now the future of humanity is in the hands of TEENAGE CAVEMAN See more »

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prehistoric World See more »

Filming Locations:

Arcadia, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Malibu Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Robert Shayne is the narrator at the beginning and end of the movie. He also plays the "Fire Maker" in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scenes the cave people talk with grunts and unintelligible sounds. But then the Symbol Maker comes into scene and speaks perfect English. Throughout the rest of the movie everyone speaks perfect English. See more »

Quotes

The Symbol Maker: [speaking to his woman] Where's the boy?
[she points her finger out there]
The Symbol Maker: Beyond the river?
[he walks away]
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Referenced in Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983) See more »

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Prehistoric Teenage Nonsense
31 May 2018 | by hrkeplerSee all my reviews

'Teenage Cave Man' is officially declared as 'one of the worst movies ever made'. Even Roger Corman himself has famously said, "I never directed a film called Teenage Cave Man". And Teenage Cave Man Robert Vaughn himself stated that he considers it worst film ever made. But that ending - even 'The King of All Twist Endings' Mr. M. Night Shyamalan himself couldn't come up with such a devilish one.

Well, don't let yourself fooled by all the criticism and bad publicity. The film is silly and it looks cheap (fake fins on the back of baby alligator to make it look like prehistoric monster). Cavemen are hunky young dudes with haircuts by the latest '50s trends. Drawn out dialogue and overacting that sometimes hilariously falls into (pseudo)Shakespearian territories, make the film somewhat unwatchable at parts, but bare to the end - you will be rewarded. I wonder how this film would have come out with proper budget and with more work on the screenplay. The themes Corman played with 'Teenage Cave Man' are actually pretty intriguing (following some abstract rule with no explanation, standing by the dogmas, hunger for power, should father be punished for the crimes of his son - yes, it sounds like quite messy soap opera, but like I said - well developed screenplay). In 2002, Larry Clarke directed a film with same title and loosely based its premise on Corman's film, but never fully used the potential of the material in hand, but the original 'Teenage Cave Man' is worthy enough to give it a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised. Or, if you won't then you have witnessed one of the most awful pieces of cinema ever made. 3/10


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