Encino Man

May 22nd, 1992


Encino Man

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When they find a frozen caveman in their backyard, two high school outcasts thaw him out and introduce him to modern day life while he in turn, gets them to actually enjoy life.

Release Year: 1992

Rating: 5.3/10 (16,417 voted)

Director: Les Mayfield

Stars: Sean Astin, Brendan Fraser, Pauly Shore

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.

Writers: George Zaloom, Shawn Schepps

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
Jonathan Ke Quan - Kim (as Jonathan Quan)
Mariette Hartley - Mrs. Morgan
Richard Masur - Mr. Morgan
Ellen Blain - Teena Morgan
Esther Scott - Mrs. Mackey
Steven Elkins - Mr. Beady

Taglines: Where The Stone Age Meets The Rock Age!

Release Date: 22 May 1992

Filming Locations: Los Angeles Mission College - 13356 Eldridge Avenue, Sylmar, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gross: $40,693,477 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Jim Carrey and Nicolas Cage were both considered for the role of Link before Brendan Fraser was cast

Factual errors: At the prom, a microphone is aimed at the head of the bass guitarist's stack. The sound comes out of the speaker cabinet underneath it, so the microphone should be about a foot lower.

Stoney: I'm not a geek, I'm a unique weasel.

User Review

This movie helped save my life!

Rating: 10/10

I Mean that literally!

I was going through a rough time in my life, and Encino Man was the only thing that could make me laugh!

Brendan Fraser was terrific, and I even learned how to like Pauly Shore after this movie...who up to this point I couldn't stand!

I saw it 8 (yes, that's EIGHT) times at the theatre in a four week period when it was out, and have watched it dozens of times since on video. Despite it's absurd premise, the movie worked for me, in the relationships that developed between Link, Dave, and Stoney, and the little family the three of them made.

It's goofy, it's at times stupid..and it's all around FUNNY! Just one of those little movies that if you will allow yourself to put reality on hold for 90 minutes, it can and will charm the socks off of you.


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