By EW Staff
Updated February 13, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
Samuel L. Jackson, The Caveman's Valentine
Credit: Caveman's Valentine: Kerry Hayes

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.”

The Caveman's Valentine

  • Movie
  • R
  • 105 minutes
  • Kasi Lemmons