The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
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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
Jan 17, 1986 Wide
Nov 9, 1999
Warner Bros. Pictures
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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.
The filmmakers made no effort to empathize with their prehistoric characters, to imagine what it might have really been like back then.
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.
As the cave wall says, stay with the book.
Imagine a chick-flick "Quest for Fire" that makes no sense.
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