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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
Ke Huy 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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A chillin' new comedy in full Neandervision. 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:

$9,866,120, 25 May 1992

Gross USA:

$40,693,477

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,693,477
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ke Huy Quan and Sean Astin appeared on-screen together briefly in this movie. It marks the first and only time any original cast members of The Goonies (1985) appeared on screen together again. See more »

Goofs

When Link and Stoney are on their way to Spanish class, Stoney says "La día es mi hermanos - The day is beautiful" which is incorrect. 'La día es mi hermanos' translates to 'the day is my brothers.' The correct translation of 'the day is beautiful' would be 'la día es hermosa.' See more »

Quotes

Dave: Matt Wilson? I mean, what a jerk! What does she see in him, anyway?
Stoney: Well, he's got the buff spikes chillin' on top of his melon, obviously, right?, - dude, he's checking her cheeks! oh oh! - he's got the serious beak, and his own personal holding company full of fundage, bro, that he weases off of ma... ma...
Dave: [finishing the phrase] ... jor.
Stoney: 18-inch bi's - mine are only 4...
Dave: ...besides that.
Stoney: He walks like this, right?.
[struts in a manly fashion]
Stoney: Just like this, right? The nugs fully loose.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The network TV Edition of the film also features a scene in which Dave's parents are walking and talking to him on the way back to the car after they bailed him out of jail. See more »


Soundtracks

Treaty
Words and Music by Mandawuy Yunupingu (as M. Yunupingu), Paul Kelly (as P. Kelly),
Gapanbulu Yunupingu (as G. Yunupingu), Mikayngu Mununggurr (as M. Mununggurr), Stuart Kellaway (as S. Kellaway), Cal Williams (as C. Williams), Peter Garrett (as P. Garrett) and H. Bohannon
Performed by Yothu Yindi
Courtesy of Hollywood Records and Mushroom Records
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The best movie ever made!*
9 April 2005 | by LennyRenquistSee all my reviews

*about a Cro-Magnon man attending high school.

*featuring Sean Astin as a non-hobbit.

*that's got Pauly Shore in it.

I just saw this movie again after many, many hundreds of years, and bugger me if it hasn't IMPROVED with age! (er, by that I mean it HAS...)

I was a bit like the Sean Astin character when I was at school. If only I'd had a caveman of my own to help me pull chicks, how differently things might have turned out...

Okay, so the movie has no basis in reality, but who would expect it to? Cavemen aside, it's a TEEN movie, and they NEVER depict real people or situations. At least, not on any planet I've ever been to.

This movie doesn't pretend to be anything outstanding. It's intended purely as entertainment, and that's what it is.

It appears to have been promoted as one of those frightful "Pauly Shore movies", but it's not. He's really just a supporting player (and is nowhere near as annoying in small doses, it turns out). This is Brendan Fraser's flick. If anyone else had played Link, I can't imagine the movie being as good as it is.

My one beef is that Sandra Hess ("Cave Nug") wasn't given enough screen time (but then, as far as I'm concerned, she's NEVER given enough screen time).

I never knew Scatterbrain had covered "Mama Said Knock You Out", either. That's cool.

Okay, I'm going for a lie down now.

Bye.


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