The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 17, 1986
DVD Release Date: November 9, 1999
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Time Out

This is Reader's Digest prehistory, though at least director Chapman (cameraman on Raging Bull) makes sure the murky caves look nice.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

As the cave wall says, stay with the book.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The filmmakers made no effort to empathize with their prehistoric characters, to imagine what it might have really been like back then.

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Scott Weinberg

Imagine a chick-flick "Quest for Fire" that makes no sense.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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.

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Shane Burridge

A catalogue of second-best decisions

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Curtis Lilly
Slow and pointless. Lacks great elements like Quest for Fire, which had Ron Pearlman and tons of monkey people fights.
Marion Ravenwood
What did I just watch? This is strange and I really wasn't that interested.
Dean McKenna
The perfect movie for Darryl Hannah. She does an excellent job with use her sign languages in her character as a cavewoman by communicating each other.
Byron Brubaker
I've seen some bad reviews of this and even the author of the book, Jean M. Auel, on which the movie is based evidently didn't like it. I did like it… More

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