Caveman (1981)

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr plays a prehistoric, social outcast who, along with other misfits, forms his own tribe and finds various comic adventures. This spoof is mostly without dialogue besides the expected neanthropic grunt.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 17, 1981
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It has a basic problem, which is that there is no popular original material for it to satirize.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Ringo Starr's screen career has always been something of a magical mystery tour, and following the offbeat likes of The Magic Christian, Son of Dracula and Lisztomania, the former Beatle continued his solo screen career by headlining this likable comedy.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

the worst former-beatle-tryin'-to-rape-a-woman movie ever

Janet Maslin
New York Times

All of this is handled ingeniously enough to let the movie feel colorful and whole, though it could so easily have been nothing but farfetched.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Even your typical neanderthal will find this spoof beneath him.

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The special effects are clever enough and mildly amusing, but the dumb humour on display here wears a little thin.

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J.C. Mašek III

Caveman will not be for all tastes, and even with the cleverness to be found herein, this isn't exactly what one could call a thinking person's farce.

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TV Guide

[An] occasionally funny film.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A long way from the Lester Beatle films

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
Caveman, looks silly and sometimes presents a poor script. But this Carl Gottlieb's comedy is really funny together with his special effects and… More
Steve B.
A guilty pleasure from my childhood -- but not guilty enough to rate higher than this...
Dean McKenna
This spoof of <i>One Million Years B.C.</i> with ex-Beatle Ringo Starr as the prehistoric hero is ridiculous and quite brainless fun because of the… More
Marcus Woolcott
Couldn't even make it to the end.
Randy Tippy
One of my guilty pleasures.
Leo L