The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)
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Length: 98 minutes (1 hour, 38 minutes)|
Age appropriateness: The Clan of the Cave Bear is officially rated "R" in the United States due to graphic physical and sexual violence. This film is inappropriate for classroom viewing. However, most parents will not have a problem with their mature teenagers (of high school age) watching this at home on DVD.
Creators and stars: Adel Hammoud, Barbara Duncan, Curtis Armstrong, Daryl Hannah, Gerald I. Isenberg, Gloria Lee, James Remar, Jan de Bont, Jean M. Auel, John Doolittle, John Sayles, John Wardlow, Karen Elizabeth Austin, Keith Wardlow, Martin Doyle, Michael Chapman, Mike Muscat, Nicole Eggert, Pamela Reed, Paul Carafotes, Richard Briggs, Sidney Kimmel, Thomas G. Waites, Tony Montanaro
Accuracy: The Clan of the Cave Bear is fictional, based on the novel of the same name by Jean M. Auel, part of her "Earth's Children" series. Like the book(s), this movie is not always a factual depiction of prehistory.
Review: Jean M. Auel's "Earth's Children" series was incredibly popular when released, and interested a generation of readers in anthropology. Although not always accurate, novels like The Clan of the Cave Bear described Cro-Magnon and Neanderthal life in a way that brought these peoples alive for many who would otherwise know nothing about them. Therefore, it is hard for me to entirely dismiss this screen adaptation of Auel's work. Watching The Clan of the Cave Bear may inspire a teenager to learn more.
However, The Clan of the Cave Bear is filled with anachronisms and questionable plot points.
|Review questions: (1) What happens to Ayla's mother? (2) Why will the clan never fully accept Ayla? (3) Ayla is trained in what profession? (4) Why is Ayla sent away from the clan for a month? (5) Why must Ayla ultimately leave the clan?|
Vocabulary terms: caves, clan, Cro-Magnon, hunter, Ice Age, memories, Neanderthal, sling, spirit, strength, totem, weapon
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|The Clan of the Cave Bear Movie Review Publication Date for Citation Purposes: July 1, 2012|