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Caveman (film)

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Genre  Comedy, Sci-Fi
Initial DVD release  June 4, 2002
Language  English
5.7/10 IMDb

Director  Carl Gottlieb
Language  English
Country  United States
Caveman (film) movie poster
Writer  Rudy De Luca, Carl Gottlieb
Release date  April 17, 1981 (1981-04-17)
Cast  Ringo Starr (Atouk), Dennis Quaid (Lar), Shelley Long (Tala), Jack Gilford (Gog), Barbara Bach (Lana), Carl Lumbly (Bork)
Similar movies  Ice Age, Bikini Girls on Dinosaur Planet, Dinosaur Valley Girls, When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, Year One, One Million Years B.C.
Tagline  A pre-histerical comedy!


Caveman is a 1981 American slapstick comedy film written and directed by Carl Gottlieb and starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long and Barbara Bach. The film has also gained a cult following.


Caveman (film) movie scenes

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Caveman (film) movie scenes

Atouk (Starr) is a bullied and scrawny caveman living in "One Zillion BC – October 9th". He lusts after the beautiful but shallow Lana (Bach), who is the mate of Tonda (Matuszak), their tribe's physically imposing bullying leader. After being banished along with his friend Lar (Quaid), Atouk falls in with a band of assorted misfits, among them the comely Tala (Long) and the elderly blind man Gog (Jack Gilford). The group has ongoing encounters with hungry dinosaurs, and rescues Lar from a "nearby ice age", where they encounter an abominable snowman. In the course of these adventures they discover sedative drugs, fire, invent cooking, music, weapons, and learn how to walk fully upright. Atouk uses these advancements to lead an attack on Tonda, overthrowing him and becoming the tribe's new leader. He rejects Lana and takes Tala as his mate, and they live happily ever after.


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  • Ringo Starr as Atouk
  • Barbara Bach as Lana
  • Dennis Quaid as Lar
  • Shelley Long as Tala
  • Jack Gilford as Gog
  • Cork Hubbert as Ta
  • Mark King as Ruck
  • Paco Morayta as Flok
  • Evan C. Kim as Nook
  • Ed Greenberg as Kalta
  • Carl Lumbly as Bork
  • Jack Scalici as Folg
  • Erika Carlsson as Folg's Mate
  • Gigi Vorgan as Folg's Daughter
  • Sara López Sierra as Folg's Younger Daughter
  • Esteban Valdez as Folg's Son
  • Juan Ancona Figueroa as Folg's Younger Son
  • Juan Omar Ortiz as Folg's Youngest Son
  • Anaís de Melo as Meeka
  • John Matuszak as Tonda
  • Avery Schreiber as Ock
  • Tere Álvarez as Ock's Mate
  • Miguel Ángel Fuentes as Grot
  • Ana De Sade as Grot's Mate
  • Gerardo Zepeda as Boola
  • Hector Moreno as Noota
  • Pamela Gual as Noota's Mate
  • Richard Moll as Abominable Snowman
  • Production

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    Filming was mostly done in a protected ecological research area named "sierra de organos" in the town of Sombrerete in the state of Zacatecas, México. The river and fishing lake scene was shot in the Mexican state of Durango, and some scenes were filmed at the Churubusco Studios in México City. The film features stop-motion animated dinosaurs constructed by Jim Danforth, including a Tyrannosaurus Rex which in one scene becomes intoxicated by a Cannabis-type drug, animated by Randall W. Cook. Danforth was a major participant in the special effects sequences, but left the film "about two-thirds of the way" (his words) through the work because the Directors Guild of America prohibited his contracted on-screen credit, co-direction with Carl Gottlieb. Consequently, Danforth's name does not appear on the film.

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    The film's dialog is almost entirely in "caveman" language, such as:

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  • "alunda" – love
  • "bobo" – friend
  • "haraka" – fire
  • "macha" – monster
  • "aiyee" – help
  • "ya" – yes
  • "nya" – no/not
  • "ool" – food
  • "pooka" – broken/pain
  • "ugh" – like
  • "zug zug" – sex/mate
  • "kuda" – come
  • "caca" – shit
  • "guwi" – out to get
  • "gluglu" – drowned

  • Caveman (film) Caveman Movie Trailer YouTube

    At some showings audiences were issued a translation pamphlet for 30 "caveman words." The only English dialog present is used for comedic effect, when it is spoken by a caveman played by Evan Kim who speaks modern English but is understood by none of the other characters. Being a Korean caveman, by speaking English, he appears to be more advanced than the rest. At her audition, Long said she did not speak any English, but responded to everything with grunts.

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    Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr first met on the set of Caveman, and they married just over a year later.


    The film was released on February 17, 2015 on Blu-ray Disc over Olive Films. It was previously released to DVD by MGM Home Entertainment on June 4, 2002 as a Region 1 widescreen DVD.


    Critical reception was mostly negative. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 24% rating based on reviews from 17 crticis.

    Roger Ebert gave the film 1.5 stars out of a possible 4. The cast was "interesting," he wrote, but the main failing of Caveman was it being a spoof with "no popular original material for it to satirize. There has never been a really successful movie set in prehistoric times."

    Janet Maslin of The New York Times writes that the real star is the special-effects dinosaur, and says that the film is "dopey, but it's also lots of fun."

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