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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Romulus
... Leppenraub
... Moira
Damir Andrei ... Arnold
... Lulu
... Sheila
... Cork
... Joey / No Face
... Matthew
... Bob
... Betty
... Shaker / Greater No Face (as Leonard Thomas)
... Boy Toy / Andy (as Joris Jorsky)
Pierre Alcide ... Toupee
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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Inside a tortured mind... The clues that lead to a killer. See more »


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

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20 September 2001 (Malaysia)  »

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Az ösztönember  »

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Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,041, 4 March 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$687,194
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Choreographer Otis Sallid originally tried professional dancers to play the moth-seraphs, but decided to switch to athletes instead, saying they had "the bodies, the mentality, and the strength". See more »

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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 »

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

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

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Regnava nel Silenzio from Lucia di Lammermoor
By Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Ying Wong and London Symphony Orchestra (as The London Symphony)
Conducted by James Conlon
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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One of Samuel L. Jackson's best performances.
22 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is one seriously strange movie. I guess it had to be, since the main character are a paranoid schizophrenic. The movie runs like a weird old fashioned murder mystery. And of cause there is an investigator, our schizophrenic caveman.

Thankfully the director doesn't go over board in his attempt at taking us into the messed up head of the main character. this and the fact that Samuel knows not to overplay, makes Ledbetter's mental illness believable, yet lets us see the brilliant mind he still possesses.

I give the movie an 8, but still I am a little disappointed. I feel the plot lacks a few twist and turns. If it had that, then this would maybe rate as high as a 10. I also would have liked to see a little more interaction, and cooperation between Ledbetter and his daughter.

Anyway, this is a well worth watching movie. I feel it takes the old murder mysteries into the modern movie world and does a decent job in revitalizing the old genre.

I think you should watch this movie.

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