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The Caveman's Valentine (2001)

A cave-dwelling man sets out to track down the killer of a homeless boy, and bring him to justice.

Director:

Kasi Lemmons

Writers:

George Dawes Green (novel), George Dawes Green (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Romulus
Colm Feore ... Leppenraub
Ann Magnuson ... Moira
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Arnold
Aunjanue Ellis ... Lulu
Tamara Tunie ... Sheila
Peter MacNeill ... Cork
Jay Rodan ... Joey / No Face
Rodney Eastman ... Matthew
Anthony Michael Hall ... Bob
Kate McNeil ... Betty
Leonard L. Thomas ... Shaker / Greater No Face (as Leonard Thomas)
Joris Jarsky ... Boy Toy / Andy (as Joris Jorsky)
Pierre Alcide Pierre Alcide ... Toupee
Richard Fitzpatrick ... Walter
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Storyline

Romulus is mentally ill, a troglodyte in a New York City park. He's also a gifted composer and the father of a city cop. On Valentine's Day, a young man freezes in a tree near his cave. The police determine it's the accidental death of someone behaving bizarrely, but Romulus believes a friend of the dead youth who says that noted avant-garde photographer, David Leppenraub, murdered him. Romulus, urged on by hallucinations of his wife as a young woman, resolves to catch the killer and manages to be invited to Leppenraub's farm to play a new composition. Can Romulus hold it together long enough to get to the bottom of the death and also to make a breakthrough with his daughter? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Inside a tortured mind... The clues that lead to a killer. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2001 (Malaysia) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ösztönember See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,041, 4 March 2001

Gross USA:

$687,194

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$794,481
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Choreographer Otis Sallid originally tried professional dancers to play the moth-seraphs, but decided to switch to athletes instead, saying they had "the bodies, the mentality, and the strength". See more »

Goofs

When Sheila wakes Romulus to tell him he's being misled, Moira turns and pulls the bedclothes up enough to show that she's wearing blue-checkered shorts. A short while later, when Romulus is getting out of bed, Moira is obviously naked. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Romulus Ledbetter: Don't you watch me! You think you're gonna crawl into my brain and see a show? That what I am? Is that what you think?
Social Worker: What I think, Mr. Ledbetter, is that the temperature is dropping.
Romulus Ledbetter: I got freezing temperatures all over my brain. And I got legends of angels up there! Like little moths, and they'll beat the hell out of you with their wings!
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Crazy Credits

For "Billie" 1955-1999 - "love you baby. always have. always will." See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for Two Violins, 2nd Movement
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Courtesy of Associated Production Music, LLC
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I love the hair...
2 April 2007 | by chubbyloveSee all my reviews

Wow… I don't care what people think about Samuel L. Jackson, that man is amazing. This film shows his versatility something fierce.

This is a great film about a man named Romulus who most would consider homeless. But in the film, if you called him homeless he gets mad because he actually lives in a cave by a little park. He's a used-to-be musician who ends up going insane and can't finish school. He ends up finding a dead man, and is convinced that he knows who killed him. He spends most of the film trying to prove it while also battling the things inside his crazy head.

The entire story is told amazingly unique. His character was very strange, and the way the director portrayed what Romulus was thinking was innovative, as well as straight forward. You need to see this film.


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