The Clan Of The Cave Bear

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama

Auel's novel The Clan of the Cave Bear was considered by both readers and experts alike an exciting and accurate account of prehistoric living. The cinematic adaptation of the novel, however, is so laughably awful that Auel later sued the producers for creating such an inaccurate work. The film opens as a blonde-haired Cro-Magnon child is separated from...read more

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Auel's novel The Clan of the Cave Bear was considered by both readers and experts alike an exciting and accurate account of prehistoric living. The cinematic adaptation of the novel, however, is so laughably awful that Auel later sued the producers for creating such an inaccurate work.

The film opens as a blonde-haired Cro-Magnon child is separated from her mother during a sudden earthquake. The child, Hannah, is found by a passing tribe of Neanderthals and is adopted by the clan's medicine woman, Reed, despite objections by her peers. As she grows up, Hannah causes a good deal

of unrest. She's smarter, stronger, and prettier than anyone else in the tribe. Auel had every right to be angry with this often-silly adaptation. Hannah isn't an intelligent Cro-Magnon: she's a cave girl for the eighties. The dialog consists of grunts and hand gestures, which look authentic, but

their intent is sabotaged by accompanying subtitles. A voice-over narration is equally inflated, becoming increasingly pretentious as the film drags on. Director Chapman has no handle on the material, presenting the story predictably. The film's one minor plus is the often-beautiful photography of

the scenic Canadian woodlands used for location. Nominated for Best Makeup by the Academy.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: R
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