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The Caveman's Valentine (2001)

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A cave-dwelling man sets out to track down the killer of a homeless boy, and bring him to justice.

Director:

Kasi Lemmons

Writers:

George Dawes Green (novel), George Dawes Green (screenplay)
4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Romulus
Colm Feore ... Leppenraub
Ann Magnuson ... Moira
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Arnold
Aunjanue Ellis ... Lulu
Tamara Tunie ... Sheila
Peter MacNeill ... Cork
Jay Rodan ... Joey / No Face
Rodney Eastman ... Matthew
Anthony Michael Hall ... Bob
Kate McNeil ... Betty
Leonard L. Thomas ... Shaker / Greater No Face (as Leonard Thomas)
Joris Jarsky ... Boy Toy / Andy (as Joris Jorsky)
Pierre Alcide Pierre Alcide ... Toupee
Richard Fitzpatrick Richard Fitzpatrick ... Walter
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Storyline

Romulus is mentally ill, a troglodyte in a New York City park. He's also a gifted composer and the father of a city cop. On Valentine's Day, a young man freezes in a tree near his cave. The police determine it's the accidental death of someone behaving bizarrely, but Romulus believes a friend of the dead youth who says that noted avant-garde photographer, David Leppenraub, murdered him. Romulus, urged on by hallucinations of his wife as a young woman, resolves to catch the killer and manages to be invited to Leppenraub's farm to play a new composition. Can Romulus hold it together long enough to get to the bottom of the death and also to make a breakthrough with his daughter? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Romulus Ledbetter lives on the edge. The view is incredible. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2001 (Malaysia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ösztönember See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,041, 4 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$687,194
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Billie Neal, with whom Director Kasi Lemmons worked on Eve's Bayou (1997) and Gridlock'd (1997). See more »

Goofs

When Sheila wakes Romulus to tell him he's being misled, Moira turns and pulls the bedclothes up enough to show that she's wearing blue-checkered shorts. A short while later, when Romulus is getting out of bed, Moira is obviously naked. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Romulus Ledbetter: Don't you watch me! You think you're gonna crawl into my brain and see a show? That what I am? Is that what you think?
Social Worker: What I think, Mr. Ledbetter, is that the temperature is dropping.
Romulus Ledbetter: I got freezing temperatures all over my brain. And I got legends of angels up there! Like little moths, and they'll beat the hell out of you with their wings!
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Crazy Credits

For "Billie" 1955-1999 - "love you baby. always have. always will." See more »

Connections

Referenced in BoJack Horseman: Old Acquaintance (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Two Violins, 2nd Movement
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Courtesy of Associated Production Music, LLC
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One of the best films ever seen
31 October 2003 | by dbrielSee all my reviews

"Cavemans Valentine" is one of the best psychological portraits i've ever watched. And i've watched a lot of them, since i love that type of film. Jackson does a excellent part, taking the viewer through the mind and thoughts of a schizophrenic. Never before have i seen an actor play a role, the way Jackson does here. You feel like being able to follow his twisted mindgames, although you sometimes can't be sure what is real and what's not. I like Jackson as an actor before, but now i have to admit, that i've always underestimated him. His performance is just incredible. The way he acts, you feel like every little part of this character is just as real as he is. To all the people out there, who haven't seen this movie: Watch it, or you don't know what excellent acting is!


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