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The Clan of the Cave Bear

The Clan of the Cave Bear is a dull, overly genteel rendition of Jean M. Auel's novel. Handsomely produced on rugged Canadian exteriors, this is the story of pre-history's first feminist.

Daryl Hannah Pamela Reed James Remar Thomas G. Waites John Doolittle

The Clan of the Cave Bear is a dull, overly genteel rendition of Jean M. Auel’s novel. Handsomely produced on rugged Canadian exteriors, this is the story of pre-history’s first feminist.

Although set 35,000 years ago, pic could more or less have been set in any time, as it displays little of the anthropological ambition of Quest for Fire and is pitched to appeal to the same sensibilities that responded to The Blue Lagoon.

Little imagination is in evidence here. A primitive language has been invented for these early humans to speak (subtitles run throughout), but nothing in their customs, habits or attitudes proves very interesting. Daryl Hannah, at least, is a fetching and sympathetic center of attention, but emoting of the entire cast is limited to expressive grunting.

1986: Nomination: Best Makeup

The Clan of the Cave Bear

Production: PSO/Guber-Peters/Jozak/Decade/Jonesfil. Director Michael Chapman; Producer Gerald I. Isenberg; Screenplay John Sayles; Camera Jan de Bont; Editor Wendy Greene Bricmont; Music Alan Silvestri;; Art Director Kelly Kimbal

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: Daryl Hannah Pamela Reed James Remar Thomas G. Waites John Doolittle

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