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BBFC Presents: CAVEMAN (1981)

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Event Series Event Series: Bristol Bad Film Club


The Bristol Improv Theatre
Bristol, BS8 1LP United Kingdom
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Thursday 22nd February | 20:00 (doors open 19:30)

What happens when the writer of Jaws directs a former Beatle in a prehistoric romp featuring stop-motion dinosaurs and bikini-clad Bond girls? A non-stop zany adventure with a regard for archaeological accuracy that makes Bath Archaeo-Heritage Film Festival want to weep…

In a special collaboration with Bath Archaeo-Heritage Film Festival comes this special screening of Caveman which, on paper, has to be one of the most bizarre films ever made.

Not only is Caveman a prehistoric slapstick adventure featuring cross-eyed stop-motion dinosaurs and a made-up language (we will be showing it subtitled!), but it is directed by Carl Gottlieb who co-wrote Jaws, stars Ringo Starr – yes, that Ringo, a pre-Cheers Shelley Long, former Bond Girl and future Mrs Ringo Starr Barbara Bach (they met on this film) AND a before-he-was-famous Dennis Quaid!

All of this combines to make Caveman one of the most uniquely charming, but bizarre cinematic creations ever conceived… and will no incense any palaeontologists in the audience.

The Bath Archaeo-Heritage Film Fest runs from 4-6 April and brings together the joys of film and archaeology, depicting time periods from the prehistoric to the 20th Century.

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.


“One of the most free-wheeling comedies you’ve probably never seen, check out Caveman or remain in the stone age forever….” – Film Authority

“Dismiss Caveman as low-minded stupidity if you like, but I may be giggling too loudly to hear your complaints.” – Scott Weinberg

“Caveman will not be for all tastes, and even with the cleverness to be found herein, this isn’t exactly what one could call a thinking person’s farce.” – Pop Matters

All tickets: £5 (all profits to go to Caring In Bristol)

This film and event is certified ’PG’.

Please note that this screening will be subtitled.


February 22
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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