DirectorKasi Lemmons Initial DVD releaseJuly 17, 2001 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateMarch 2, 2001 (2001-03-02) Based onThe Cavemans Valentine
by George Dawes Green WriterGeorge Dawes Green (novel), George Dawes Green (screenplay) CastSamuel L. Jackson (Romulus), Colm Feore (Leppenraub), Ann Magnuson (Moira), Aunjanue Ellis (Lulu), Tamara Tunie (Sheila) Similar moviesSamuel L Jackson appears in The Cavemans Valentine and Lakeview Terrace
The Caveman's Valentine is a 2001 American mystery-drama film directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Samuel L. Jackson based on George Dawes Green's 1994 novel of the same name. The film was released by Universal Focus, a subsidiary of Universal Studios and Focus Features.
A former family man and pianist studying at Juilliard music school, Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson), now suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and lives in a cave in Inwood Park, New York. He believes that a man named Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant is controlling the world with rays from the top of the Chrysler Building, and that his mind is inhabited by moth-like seraphs. On Valentine’s Day, he discovers the frozen body of a young man, Scotty Gates (Sean MacMahon), left in a tree outside his cave. The police, including Romulus's daughter Lulu (Aunjanue Ellis), dismiss the man's death as accident however, a homeless ex-lover of Scotty tells Romulus that he was murdered by the famous photographer David Leppenraub (Colm Feore). Determined to discover the truth behind Scotty’s death and prove his worth to his daughter, Romulus manages to get an invitation through a former friend to perform one of his compositions at Leppenraub’s farm. What unfolds thereafter is a twisted tale of mystery, deception, and a man's struggle against his own mind.
Samuel L. Jackson - Romulus Ledbetter
Colm Feore - David Leppenraub
Aunjanue Ellis - Officer Lulu Ledbetter
Tamara Tunie - Sheila Ledbetter
Jay Rodan - Joey Peasley
Ann Magnuson - Moira Leppenraub
Anthony Michael Hall - Bob
Sean MacMahon - Scotty Gates
Jeff Geddis - Paul
Budget: $13.5 million
Opening Weekend: $112,041 (16 theaters)
Widest release: 59 theaters
% of total gross: 16.3%
Close date: June 14, 2001 (15 weeks in release)
Total U.S. gross: $687,194
Worldwide gross: $687,194
The Caveman's Valentine received a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with a general consensus that the film "has an intriguing premise, but falls flat under the weight of its ambition." On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has 44 out of 100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
In 2002, Tamara Tunie was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female.