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Caveman (1981)

PG | | Comedy, Romance | 17 April 1981 (USA)
A cave-man seeks revenge on a much larger competitor for the hand of a beautiful cave-woman.


Carl Gottlieb


Rudy De Luca (as Rudy de Luca), Carl Gottlieb

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ringo Starr ... Atouk
Dennis Quaid ... Lar
Shelley Long ... Tala
Jack Gilford ... Gog
Cork Hubbert ... Ta
Mark King Mark King ... Ruck
Paco Morayta Paco Morayta ... Flok
Evan C. Kim Evan C. Kim ... Nook (as Evan Kim)
Ed Greenberg Ed Greenberg ... Kalta
Carl Lumbly ... Bork
Jack Scalici Jack Scalici ... Folg
Erika Carlsson Erika Carlsson ... Folg's Mate (as Erica Carlson)
Gigi Vorgan ... Folg's Daughter
Sara López Sierra Sara López Sierra ... Folg's Younger Daughter (as Sara Lopez Sierra)
Esteban Valdez Esteban Valdez ... Folg's Son


In the Stone Age, the strong caveman Tonda is the leader of a hostile tribe and the outcast Atouk feels unrequited desire for Tonda's mate Lana. One day, Atouk is walking with his best friend Lar and they meet the cavewoman Tala. They save her blind father Gog from a tar pit and Tala fells unrequited affection for Atouk. Soon the smart Atouk becomes the leader of the misfit tribe and dispute the leadership of the whole clan and Lana with Tonda. But in the end, the leader needs a worthwhile mate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Back when you had to beat it before you could eat it... See more »


Comedy | Romance


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USA | Mexico



Release Date:

17 April 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cavernícola See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico See more »


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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach began their long relationship after meeting on the set of this movie. They were married ten months after they met. See more »


The stab wounds and burns that Atouk inflicts on the Tyrannosaurus all seem to completely clear up in less than twenty-four hours. See more »


[first lines]
Atouk: Macha! Macha! Macha!
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Crazy Credits

The Critters Abominable Snowman ... Richard Moll Tyrannosaurus Rex ... Himself Big Horned Lizard ... Himself Pterodactyl ... Herself Howling Lizard ... Himself See more »

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Brainless fun
19 July 2007 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

If you're in the mood for some dumb fun, try this. Take the old Raquel Welch vehicle, One Million BC, and make it even sillier and campier, and you get this fun nonsense. A goofy parody of dinosaur films, this flick never takes itself the slightest bit seriously.

Ringo Starr shows some surprising smarts for acting and comedy, playing a cross between Woody Allen and Barney Rubble. Except no talking: just grunts. A lot of grunts. Everybody in the cast grunts. No dialogue is necessary, anyway, the endless sight gags and slapstick bits tell you what little you need to know about the plot. The plot goes something like this: Ringo goofs up and is banished from his tribe. He and Dennis Quaid (Fred to Starr's Barney)wander around encountering odd Jurassic adventures. Look for Tickle Me Elmo's prehistoric ancestors, bug eyes, screeching high pitched noises, short arms, and all; they are definitely a highlight. The cast all seem to having a blast doing the movie, and the fun comes through on the screen. Shelly Long, John Matuszak, Jack Gilford and all the rest make for a good comedic time. There's all the usual dino dung and other similar type jokes, but they work in this movie.

An exuberant cast, a clever script, and some outrageous sight gags make for cool some modern stone aged entertainment. Just turn your brain cell activity down to the "Sub-Neanderthal" level while watching.

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