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The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

A young Cro-Magnon woman is raised by Neanderthals.

Director:

Michael Chapman

Writers:

Jean M. Auel (novel), John Sayles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daryl Hannah ... Ayla
Pamela Reed ... Iza
James Remar ... Creb
Thomas G. Waites ... Broud
John Doolittle ... Brun
Curtis Armstrong ... Goov
Martin Doyle ... Grod
Adel Hammoud Adel Hammoud ... Vorn (as Adel C. Hammoud)
Tony Montanaro Tony Montanaro ... Zoug
Mike Muscat ... Dorv
John Wardlow John Wardlow ... Droog
Keith Wardlow Keith Wardlow ... Crug
Karen Elizabeth Austin Karen Elizabeth Austin ... Aba (as Karen Austin)
Barbara Duncan Barbara Duncan ... Uka
Gloria Lee Gloria Lee ... Oga
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Storyline

At a time in prehistory when Neanderthals shared the Earth with early Homo sapiens, a band of cave-dwellers adopt blond and blue-eyed Ayla, a child of the "Others". As Ayla matures into a young woman of spirit and courage (unlike other women of the clan), she must fight for survival against the jealous bigotry of Broud, who will one day be clan leader. Based on Jean M. Auel's popular book, there is minimal narration; subtitles translate the Neanderthal gestures and primitive spoken language. Written by Susan Pudlo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

At The Dawn Of Mankind, A Woman Led The Way.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ayla und der Clan des Bären See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,428, 19 January 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,953,732
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A planned back-to-back sequel never made it into production. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Narrator: Ayla walked with the Cave Bear. She had spoken out for Creb because she loved him. The sign had finally come. She understood the vision. Durc was of the Clan, and one day he would be their leader. She must find her own people. She must walk alone. Everything she had lived through had prepared her for this journey - and she was not afraid. For the first time Ayla felt the strength of her own spirit.
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Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video versions were cut by the BBFC with minor edits to the rape scene. The 2004 Optimum release is fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Different World: Those Who Can't... Tutor (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Heroine
Written by Michael Brook
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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Could have been better
26 February 2007 | by Thoughts_in_ChaosSee all my reviews

I am not going to say it sucked because it was nothing like the book. I am merely going to say that if you have read the book, don't bother because it will only tick you off. And What ticks me off is not that it didn't follow the book closely enough, it didn't follow the book AT ALL. There are scenes that should have happened well after they did, and scenes that happened that would have explained other scenes that were in the movie that aren't. To the above commenter who said that the subsequent books were all romance fodder, first Valley was not, it wasn't until the end that most of the pleasures were added, with small intermittent scenes throughout. Yes, there are a lot of Pleasures scenes in the books, Yes, they could have been done without, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the story is not worth reading. That is not what I am writing a review on, however. I was more upset that the movie didn't even maintain a SEMBLANCE to the book, other than the character's name, almost as if the director skimmed the book, and took pieces from sections without thinking about how they would go together.


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