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Encino Man (1992)

PG | | Comedy | 22 May 1992 (USA)
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When they find a frozen caveman in their back yard, two high school outcasts thaw him and introduce him to modern life while he in turn gets them to actually enjoy life.

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Les Mayfield

Writers:

George Zaloom (story), Shawn Schepps (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Astin ... Dave
Brendan Fraser ... Link
Pauly Shore ... Stoney Brown
Megan Ward ... Robyn Sweeney
Robin Tunney ... Ella
Michael DeLuise ... Matt Wilson
Patrick Van Horn ... Phil, Matt's Thug #1
Dalton James ... Will, Matt's Thug #2
Rick Ducommun ... Mr. Brush
Ke Huy Quan ... Kim (as Jonathan Quan)
Mariette Hartley ... Mrs. Morgan
Richard Masur ... Mr. Morgan
Ellen Blain Ellen Blain ... Teena Morgan
Esther Scott ... Mrs. Mackey
Steven Elkins Steven Elkins ... Mr. Beady
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Storyline

Stoney and Dave find a caveman (Link) trapped in ice, thaw him out, and show him around town. Although Link is slow to catch on to basic concepts of 20th century life, he has no trouble impressing all the girls and helping Stoney and Dave find the coolness they've been searching for. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Where The Stone Age Meets The Rock Age! See more »

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Comedy

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Rated PG for mild language and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

California Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,866,120, 25 May 1992

Gross USA:

$40,693,477

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,693,477
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At 6'3", Brendan Fraser was actually too big for the clothing that costume designer Marie France had originally purchased for him. Since Fraser's outfits were supposed to look baggy on him, France had to specially make all of them. See more »

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The convenience store where Stony and Link stock up on junk food says Food 7 Mart on the exterior shot. Inside, you can clearly see it is a Circle K, most notably, the wall ads for "Thirstbusters" as well as the wallpaper near the ceiling. See more »

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Link: Betty nugs.
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Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, the screen shows "THE END" ... and then "BUD-DY" See more »

Alternate Versions

TV version adds a scene that occurs right before Dave and Stoney find Link in his pool. It's a conversation between Dave and his mother about her plans of opening up a "Homeless Home" in their house and using Dave's room as a place for them to stay. See more »

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Joy to the World
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The best movie ever made!*
9 April 2005 | by LennyRenquistSee all my reviews

*about a Cro-Magnon man attending high school.

*featuring Sean Astin as a non-hobbit.

*that's got Pauly Shore in it.

I just saw this movie again after many, many hundreds of years, and bugger me if it hasn't IMPROVED with age! (er, by that I mean it HAS...)

I was a bit like the Sean Astin character when I was at school. If only I'd had a caveman of my own to help me pull chicks, how differently things might have turned out...

Okay, so the movie has no basis in reality, but who would expect it to? Cavemen aside, it's a TEEN movie, and they NEVER depict real people or situations. At least, not on any planet I've ever been to.

This movie doesn't pretend to be anything outstanding. It's intended purely as entertainment, and that's what it is.

It appears to have been promoted as one of those frightful "Pauly Shore movies", but it's not. He's really just a supporting player (and is nowhere near as annoying in small doses, it turns out). This is Brendan Fraser's flick. If anyone else had played Link, I can't imagine the movie being as good as it is.

My one beef is that Sandra Hess ("Cave Nug") wasn't given enough screen time (but then, as far as I'm concerned, she's NEVER given enough screen time).

I never knew Scatterbrain had covered "Mama Said Knock You Out", either. That's cool.

Okay, I'm going for a lie down now.

Bye.


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