Caveman (1981)

Caveman Quote: “Hmmmmm, Lana. Atouk alounda Lana.” – Atouk

How do you ruin a 1981 comedy featuring the talents of Dennis Quaid, Jack Gilford and Shelley Long? Make it about cavemen, and give Ringo the Starr role. Gene Lyons downed an entire six pack while recording this one, so buckle up.

“Caveman” was somehow too childish to be a movie for adults and too adult to be a movie for kids. It had claymation dinosaurs but also a rape scene. It was timid in its surprise lack of surprise boobs yet startlingly evolved on topics of homosexuality and race.

And, of course, this slapstick comedy commissioned by listener Kelly B. generated some unexpected rants including Big D’s disappointment in the closed captioning, Gene’s understanding of Jane Goodall, genetic diversity among prehistoric peoples of Southern California and Roger Roeper’s indictment of Allied Forces in “Saving Private Ryan.”

Plot Summary: “Caveman” Atouk (Ringo Starr) is the leader of a small band of misfit cavemen who are part of a larger community headed by strongman Tonda (John Matuszak). Atouk is madly in love with Tonda’s woman, Lana (Barbara Bach). He even ignores the advances of the lovely Tala (Shelley Long) and sets his mind to finding some way of wooing Lana. During Atouk’s quest for romance, he and his cohorts fend off dinosaurs, indulge in hallucinogens and invent cooking, music and medicine.

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