Fantasy movie with a historic flavor about primitive people hunting for the secret behind the flame. It may not be historic correct, but it is a unique visual movie. Rae Dawn Chong runs nude throughout the movie. Everett McGill and Ron Perlman are two of the cavemen. What is not to like here? This is an underrated gem that few have seen.
Annaud's Cesar winning picture is a take on the evolution of prehistoric man and seems as ambitious now as it did on release in '81. From the scripting of Gerard Brach to the language creation of Anthony Burgess and body movement design of Peter Elliott this ground breaking film is an unique and fascinating film to discover. The actors give themselves over to the director's vision and excel in their primitive roles.
Jean-Jacques Annaud may receive criticism about the rigor of the portrayal of early humans. But he should also receive the credit for pushing the debate forward. We now take for granted the visual representations and narratives of our distant past, thanks to the technology available to TV networks today. But in 1981 this movie was a major breakthrough in opening a window to what our ancestors looked and behaved like.
i watched like a half-hour of this in high school and was totally bewildered by it... not the sort of thing you see on cable in the early nineties. it's as weird as i remember. a weird hybrid of art-house, actioner and national geographic. shockingly matter-of-fact about caveman lifestyles. it must have been an interesting movie to make, considering the body language, etc. alas, no ringo starr though...