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Many years ago, I saw a movie that seemed to be set in the stone age. If my memory serves me correctly, the movie looked old even then, leaving it likely in the 1960s-80s range. Since it's been so long ago I don't remember very much at all about the movie other than I really liked it and it somehow stuck with me all this time.

The one central plot device I can remember is there was an artifact that granted you dominion over the clan. It may have been called the "Horns of Power." I tried search engine queries for "Horns of Power" but nothing seemed to be relevant to what I know it to be from. This itself leads me to believe it was not a very publicized production -- more of an artsy film.

Other things that are coming back to me as I write this: all the dialogue in the movie was in a fictional grunt language. And there was a cave scene where everyone was sleeping.

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From my coarse reconstruction of the movie, can anyone hazard a guess as to what it was?

Edit: For some reason, I have a strong conviction that I remembered the Horns of Power as part of the story. The following is a pathetically crude dramatization of the scene as I remember it:

lengthy physical struggle

Old caveman loses, dies, or lies there limp.

Stronger caveman gloats and says: "Behold the Horns of Power." as he holds up the sacred object over his head.

At this moment I thought to myself, wow ancient people sure did have reverence for horns. Wonder why. Fast forward 20 years and I'm this close to hiring a hypnotist to get to the bottom of it.

It may have been on the scify channel, one of those really obscure ones. But the production didn't seem that bad, so I'd still be surprised if it didn't have a decent following.

Comments have been helpful, thanks for all those!

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    The 13th Warrior movie has Vikings fighting primitive cave people whose leader wears The Horns of Power. There's scenes in a cave complex with sleeping cavefolk. They speak in a primitive sounding language. 1990s flick though. Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 2:02
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    @DoscoJones Oh my gosh that's right, Antonio Banderas, but I have that movie on DVD. I hope I didn't mistakenly supplant that onto this other movie which I think had protagonist cave people (all stone age). Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 2:04
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    Without the Horns, maybe Clan of the Cave Bear, or Quest for Fire? Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 2:22
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    @ArashHowaida if you think you might have misremembered and blended two films together check out one million years bc from 1966. Would certainly fit the vintage bill, has a language of grunts and a scene of cavement sleeping in a cave. Nothing like horns of power though. watch the trailer on youtube see if it looks familiar... youtube.com/watch?v=gSYmJur0Npw
    – skyjack
    Commented Dec 2, 2021 at 4:15
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    The details appear to contradict. If they speak in grunts, then how can one say "Behold the Horns of Power"?How would you know what it's called?
    – Laurel
    Commented Jan 2, 2022 at 14:51

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I'm sure this is a distorted memory of either One Million B.C. (1940) or the remake One Million Years B.C. (1966)

A language of grunts, and various power struggles for leadership of the tribe

Early in the film, the tribe trap a warthog in a pit and kill it. A caveman rips out a tooth from the beast and brandishes it triumphantly.

An old man falls into the pit and lies there limp. The tribe just abandon him.

I don't know if the tooth is important to the rest of the plot, but this is probably what you are remembering.

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