The Clan of the Cave Bear
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Cinematographer Michael Chapman directed this John Sayles adaptation of Jean M. Auel's best-selling ode to Cro-Magnon women. The story begins at the moment in pre-history when the last of the Neanderthal men were becoming extinct and the superior race of Cro-Magnons were starting to supersede them. Focusing on a tribe of wandering Neanderthals who adopt a young girl named, Ayla (played as an adult by Daryl Hannah). She grows tall, lithe, and smart. The Neanderthals quickly accept her into their tribe, but once a tribal member, Ayla begins to question the tribe's male chauvinistic… More

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"This is Reader's Digest prehistory, though at least director Chapman (cameraman on Raging Bull) makes sure the murky caves look nice."
‑ , Time Out
"As the cave wall says, stay with the book."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The filmmakers made no effort to empathize with their prehistoric characters, to imagine what it might have really been like back then."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Imagine a chick-flick "Quest for Fire" that makes no sense."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"A goofy and ill-made movie that wants to be deadly serious and acts incredibly daft, and the average between these two points is of a joyless, dull nothing."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A catalogue of second-best decisions"
‑ Shane Burridge,
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