• Caveman (1981)


Release Date: 1981

DVD Release Date: June 4th, 2002

PG |1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

Atouk (Ringo Starr) is the leader of a small band of misfit cavemen who are part of a larger community headed by strongman Tonda (John Matuszak). Atouk is madly in love with Tonda's woman, Lana (Barbara Bach). He even ignores the advances of the lovely Tala (Shelley Long) and sets his mind to finding some way of wooing Lana. During Atouk's quest for romance, he and his cohorts fend off dinosaurs, indulge in hallucinogens and invent cooking, music and medicine.

Cast: Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, John Matuszak, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford, Cork Hubbert, Mark King

Director: Carl Gottlieb

Genres: Comedy

Keywords: Love triangle, Father, Rivalry, Friend, Love, Playful, Madcap, Daughter

Ratings & Reviews

  • 38
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Caveman seems more in the tradition of Alley Oop, crossed with Mel Brooks's Two Thousand Year Old Man. But the only artistic cross-reference it can manage is from the opening scene of Stanley Kubrick's 2000. show more

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A happy surprise, a sweet and silly combination of the cheesy special effects of Japanese sci-fi movies and the witty slapstick of American silent films. [20 Apr 1981]

  • 70
    Janet MaslinThe New York Times

    The movie is nicely whimsical, and elaborate in a way that no fantasy film this side of outer space has lately been. It's dopey, but it's also lots of fun. show more

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