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Encino Man (1992)

PG | | Comedy | 22 May 1992 (USA)
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When they find a frozen caveman in their back yard, two high school outcasts thaw him and introduce him to modern life while he in turn gets them to actually enjoy life.

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Les Mayfield

Writers:

George Zaloom (story), Shawn Schepps (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Dave
Brendan Fraser ... Link
Pauly Shore ... Stoney Brown
Megan Ward ... Robyn Sweeney
Robin Tunney ... Ella
Michael DeLuise ... Matt Wilson
Patrick Van Horn ... Phil, Matt's Thug #1
Dalton James ... Will, Matt's Thug #2
Rick Ducommun ... Mr. Brush
Jonathan Ke Quan ... Kim (as Jonathan Quan)
Mariette Hartley ... Mrs. Morgan
Richard Masur ... Mr. Morgan
Ellen Blain Ellen Blain ... Teena Morgan
Esther Scott ... Mrs. Mackey
Steven Elkins Steven Elkins ... Mr. Beady
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Storyline

Stoney and Dave find a caveman (Link) trapped in ice, thaw him out, and show him around town. Although Link is slow to catch on to basic concepts of 20th century life, he has no trouble impressing all the girls and helping Stoney and Dave find the coolness they've been searching for. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Taglines:

Where The Stone Age Meets The Rock Age! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

California Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,866,150, 24 May 1992, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,693,477
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At 6'3", Brendan Fraser was actually too big for the clothing that costume designer Marie France had originally purchased for him. Since Fraser's outfits were supposed to look baggy on him, France had to specially make all of them. See more »

Goofs

When Link and his girlfriend are trapped by the cave in, Link is wearing a sort of crude hide shirt or jacket. When he comes out of the ice, he is only wearing a loin cloth. See more »

Quotes

Link: Betty nugs.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, the screen shows "THE END" ... and then "BUD-DY" See more »

Alternate Versions

TV version adds a scene that occurs right before Dave and Stoney find Link in his pool. It's a conversation between Dave and his mother about her plans of opening up a "Homeless Home" in their house and using Dave's room as a place for them to stay. See more »

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Referenced in Franklin & Bash: Go Tell It on the Mountain (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Get Rocked
Words and Music by Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Robert John Lange (as Robert John 'Mutt' Lange) and Rick Savage
Performed by Def Leppard
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Special Markets
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Fun entertainment when your brain shuts down
15 January 2004 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I'm not sure why, but still to this day I love to sit down to Encino Man. I think because I just loved it as a child and it's like that blankie you can't get rid off. Also, you need those comedies that you can just sit down too and just have fun and relax. Yes, it has Pauly Shore which granted can be scare-E! :D But he's actually amusing as well in the film.

We see a very young Brendon Fraser as Link the caveman, yes, he doesn't have much to work with the grunting and such. But he was just priceless in that club scene and the seven eleven with Pauly. He's also just so cute and lovable when he sees Dave and Stoney getting into a fight and he pulls David back screaming to him "Family!". It was actually touching, I'm serious. Sean Austin plays Dave, he's come such a long way and in my opinion is the most successful child star to not get hooked on drugs or let the industry take him over. He does such a good job as the pretty self centered and insecure but nevertheless lovable guy who wants to get the girl. Pauly plays Stoney, a well, I think he's somewhat of a stoner. :D But he's pretty funny in the film with some of his lines. Come on, I think we all dug him in his day.

While yes, Encino Man is not Oscar material, it's just a fun time to sit down and enjoy with your friends. So, a 5.0? It's just a movie, let go and grab the popcorn for a few laughs. If you didn't laugh at that scene where Link speaks Spanish to the Hispanic gang members, you have some serious issues.

7/10


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