An anthropologist who is part of an arctic exploration team discovers the body of a prehistoric Neanderthal man who is subsequently resuscitated. The researcher must then decide what to do with the prehistoric man and he finds himself defending the man from those that want to dissect him in the name of science.Written by
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Bruce Smeaton's score is not what was originally intended for the film. The score in the film is mainly needle drop tracks for most scenes. The score was recorded with the one hundred thirty piece Hollywood Symphony Orchestra, and was meant to have a fuller sound. The reason for this, was because Director Fred Schepisi, who was fired, and then brought back onto the project for post-production, tampered with the film after it was locked. He'd shifted around dialogue, scenes, and such. According to Smeaton, "He'd (Schepisi) gone in and made twenty-eight minor changes to the film, just as we (Smeaton, Music Editor Jim Henrikson, and Music Engineer Dan Wallin, along with the Hollywood Symphony) were preparing to go into Glen Glenn Sound with a one hundred thirty piece orchestra. The music wasn't fitting the scenes, for which they were intended. Fred (Schepisi) never showed up." Smeaton had to then cancel the sessions and edit down his music, from what they originally had been intended. Smeaton admits to having regretted working with Schepisi and their subsequent film, Roxanne (1987) starring Steve Martin would be their last project together. Schepisi would have the late Jerry Goldsmith as his composer of choice during the 1990s. See more »
When "Charlie" awakens in the vivarium, he goes about life in general until he "catches" the water filter hose in the stream/pond. But as the scene continues, there is no way that he wouldn't notice the man-made construction of the glass enclosure or the fact that he cannot see the whole sky. Only when he roams hysterically around the vivarium does it become apparent. See more »
I, who was born to die, shall live. That the world of animals, and the world of men, may come together, I shall live. - Inuit Legend
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(opening quote) I, who was born to die Shall live. That the world of animals And the world of men May come together, I shall live. -- Inuit Legend See more »
A prehistoric man from 20 to 40 thousand years ago is found frozen in a block of arctic ice. A research team find him, manage to bring him back to life, and try to figure out how to interact with him.
The performances feel genuine. The first dynamic is between the scientists who want to chop up his body and learn its biochemistry to better humankind vs those who want to study his habits and interact with him. The second dynamic is between the iceman and the ethnographer who gains his trust and friendship.
All the time I was watching it, I was angry at the ham-fisted incompetence of the researchers. Sure, I know, this is a movie and so the scriptwriters put in bumbling incompetence to push the plot forward. But just imagine if it a prehistoric man really were brought to life. It would be such a marvellous opportunity for interaction and learning, and even a halfway competent research team would make something better of it.
So, all the time, I was angry at the scriptwriters for cheating humanity and the iceman of this chance, and this didn't leave space to enjoy the film. 5/10.
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