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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 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?


Feature directorial debut of Carl Gottlieb. 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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It's harmless fun and enjoyable enough to watch every so often.
24 December 2002 | by Rob_TaylorSee all my reviews

Caveman is one of those movies which, like Airplane, is funniest at it's first viewing. Subsequent viewings don't really stand the test of time.

That said it's a pretty funny film (anything with Ringo Starr as the main actor has to be inherently ridiculous). Dennis Quaid gets an early part as the hero's side-kick and Barbara Bach is the love interest.

There are plenty of funny moments, but it's the creatures that really steal the film. They're all animated by stop-motion and have the most ridiculously bulging golf-ball eyes. They also have been given a certain amount of anthropomorphism, which makes them characters, not merely decorations.

This movie is also almost entirely dialogued in "Caveman-ish" Apart from one scene, there's no English spoken at all. However, it takes almost no time to pick up the entire caveman vocabulary and you'll find caveman words creeping into your everyday life when you least expect it. Words like "Tonda", "Zug-zug" and "Macha" all have their place and you'll find yourself using them amongst your friends if you watch the movie together with a few beers.

It seems incredible, though, that when the film was released theatrically, they handed out flyers explaining the language and what the words meant. How stupid did they think the average movie-goer was? It's far more fun and entertaining to figure it out yourself, and to be honest, it's not at all hard.

It's also surprising that this flick doesn't turn up on TV more often. It's harmless fun and enjoyable enough to watch every so often.

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