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The Caveman's Valentine

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Samuel L. Jackson, The Caveman's Valentine
Caveman's Valentine: Kerry Hayes

The Caveman's Valentine

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
105 minutes
Limited Release Date:
03/02/01
Wide Release Date:
03/09/01
performer:
Samuel L. Jackson, Aunjanue Ellis, Colm Feore, Anthony Michael Hall, Ann Magnuson, Tamara Tunie
director:
Kasi Lemmons
Producer:
Danny DeVito
Producers:
Arroyo Pictures, Franchise Pictures, Homeless Film Productions, Jersey Shore, Universal
distributor:
Universal
author:
George Dawes Green
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

Adapted from Green’s own 1994 novel, this psychological thriller centers on an unusual hero, Romulus Ledbetter (Jackson), a homeless former piano prodigy who lives in a cave within a New York City park. When he finds a frozen body outside his dwelling, he’s drawn, along with his cop daughter (”Men of Honor”’s Ellis), into a murder investigation that takes him into the rarefied Manhattan art world. Scenes of moth seraphs dancing inside Romulus’ head and mysterious beams of colored light emanating from the Chrysler Building had some early audiences scratching their heads.

Stranger still is the fact that the film boasts a staggering 17 credited producers. But director Lemmons, who first gained attention as Jodie Foster’s fellow FBI trainee in ”The Silence of the Lambs,” appears to have kept all those important people happy. Says producer Stacey Sher, ”Even her frustrations have been good natured.” And what’s the source of all that calmness? ”I’ve been reading a lot of magic realism lately — Carlos Castaneda, Márquez, Toni Morrison,” explains Lemmons. ”So none of this seems all that crazy.”