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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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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:

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

Gross USA:

$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

Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage were both considered for the role of Link before Brendan Fraser was cast. See more »

Goofs

When Link and Stoney are in the convenience store and steal the Squishy from the machine, Link has it all down his shirt when they leave. When Link returns the shirt has no marks on it at all. See more »

Quotes

Dave: Stop! Stop, where did you go? You just took off after school. Do you know how worried I've been?
Stoney: God, Dave, you sound like my Mom.
Dave: God, you can't do that to me.
[looking more closely at Link]
Dave: What's on his Nose?
Stoney: Ya know what, Dave, just Chill, 'cause you know why? Link and I had a Stoney time at the Mountain.
Dave: You took him to Mega Mountain? Are you crazy?
Stoney: Yeah, 'cause they're ridin' The Vapor in reverse.
Dave: They are?
Stoney: Unh-huh!
[...]
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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

Rhythm Is a Mystery
Words and Music by Russ Morgan, Carl Thomas, Paul Roberts and Andrew Williams
Performed by K-Klass
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd./Deconstruction Records/Parlophone Records
By Arrangement with CEMA Special Markets
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I LOVE California Man
12 August 2005 | by catmitchellSee all my reviews

I have loved California Man for a long, long time. Pauly Shore has got to be the favourite, and with his own added 'unique weasel' it just makes the film for me. It seems this is where Brendan Fraser started his usual 'big, dumb, lovable' characters, but still he plays it to perfection. Sean Astin is quite cute in it, but doesn't add that much to the film.

My favourite scene has to be when Stoney and Link go to the Mountain and 'beat up' a guy in a panda costume. Classic.

Of course there's a corny ending but it wouldn't be a teenage feel good movie otherwise.

Do yourself a favour - watch this movie and have a right good laugh.


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