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Clan of the Cave Bear
     

The Clan of the Cave Bear

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Director: Michael Chapman, Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar

Cast: Michael Chapman, Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar

 

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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

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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 presumptions. Unable to conceive of why only men are given weapons, she takes it upon herself to learn how to use a slingshot. She then questions the tribe's assumptions concerning sexual politics. She learns to count and becomes the assistant to the local medicine expert. As the seasons wear on, the tribe utilizes Ayla's knowledge for their own good while Ayla's continues to try the patience of the tribe with her unspeakable feminist demands.

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All Movie Guide - Eleanor Mannikka
Pitched to the interests of teen girls, this simple-minded, semi-feminist tract is set in the dim reaches of a completely undefined prehistory. It tells the story of blond outcast Ayla (Daryl Hannah) who is adopted by the dark, hairy, and aptly-named members of the Cave Bear clan. When she grows up into adulthood her "blond ugliness" does not stop her from being raped by the Neanderthal clan leader. Left to her own devices, Ayla learns how to use weapons, and she is banished just for that fact. Big mistake. In the end, more is needed here than a pseudo, monosyllabic language to bring alive a prehistoric culture and to be convincing to viewers.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2014
UPC:
0888574096274
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
5,813

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daryl Hannah Ayla
Pamela Reed Iza
James Remar Creb
Thomas G. Waites Broud
John Doolittle Brun
Curtis Armstrong Goov
Karen Austin Aba
Bart the Bear the bear
Natino Bellantoni Gorn
Christiane Boyce Baby Durk
Paul Carafotes Brug
Guila Chiesa Young Girl
Joey Cramer Young Broud
Rory L. Crowley Durc
Amy Cyr Young Girl
Martin Doyle Grod
Colin Doyle Young Boy
Barbara Duncan Uka
Nicole Eggert Middle Ayla
Emma Floria Young Ayla
Shauna Fanara Young Girl
Catherine Flather Baby Durc
Adel C. Hammond Vorn
Salome Jens Narrator
Pierre Lamielle Barc
Gloria Lee Oga
Tony Montana Zoug
Janne Mortil Ovra
Mike Muscat Dorv
Lycia Naff Uba
Samantha Ostry Young Uba
Shane Punt Young Vorn
Linda Quibell Aga
Mary Reid Ayla's Mother
Bernadette Sabath Ebra
Penny Smith Ika
Rick Valiquette Voord
Alan Waltman Norg
John Wardlow Droog
Keith Wardlow Crug

Technical Credits
Michael Chapman Director
Michael Austin Screenwriter
Wendy Greene Bricmont Editor
Michele Burke Makeup
Michael A. Clifford Special Effects
Guy J. Comtois Art Director
Mark Damon Executive Producer
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Dewey Gene Grigg Special Effects
Peter Guber Executive Producer
John W. Hyde Executive Producer
Gerald I. Isenberg Producer
Kelly Kimball Costumes/Costume Designer
Tony Masters Production Designer
Jon Peters Executive Producer
Kimberley Richardson Set Decoration/Design
Stan Rogow Co-producer
John Sayles Screenwriter
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
John Wardlow Stunts
Michael Westmore Makeup
Richard Kent Wilcox Art Director
Jean Auel Source Author

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The Clan of the Cave Bear 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best movie of all time
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series has both inspired me and guided me through parts of my life. Ayla is my role model and I only wish I could be more like her. She has touched me in ways that are hard to write down. I want more about her life. I would have loved to have met her. She has a little part of all of us in her. Thank you for writing these books. I am on my second reading of the whole series and on the very last book. Inspirition is drawn from your books. Only the mind who has created this is beautiful and wise. I love you Jean Auel. I wish you well.
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