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Cave Dwellers 

Joel and the Bots endure Miles O'Keeffe as Ator while Doctor F. endures Frank's efforts to be Mike Douglas.


Joel Hodgson (creator), Michael J. Nelson (head writer) | 7 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Trace Beaulieu ... Crow T. Robot / Dr. Clayton Forrester / TV's Madam
Joel Hodgson Joel Hodgson ... Joel Robinson
Jim Mallon Jim Mallon ... Gypsy
Kevin Murphy ... Tom Servo
Frank Conniff ... Frank
Christopher Wurst Christopher Wurst ... Gerry


Joel and the Bots endure Miles O'Keeffe as Ator while Doctor F. endures Frank's efforts to be Mike Douglas.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi








Release Date:

1 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Best Brains See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Miles O'Keeffe, who starred in this film, saw MST3K's treatment of it on TV and loved it. He was so impressed that he even called the show's producers/writers to compliment them, and asked if he could have a copy of the episode to keep. See more »


Akronos: When it seems that nature herself is unwilling to accompany you any further, then you'd have reached the domain of Ator.
Tom Servo: Canada?
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Crazy Credits

Turn Down Your Lights (Where Applicable) See more »


References The Aztec Mummy Against the Humanoid Robot (1958) See more »


Written and Arranged by Michael J. Nelson
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"It's the speedy delivery guy and has he got a package!"
31 October 2016 | by teasippingnerdymomSee all my reviews

I love this episode so much. Its one of my top 3 picks of MST3K best episodes ever.

From simulating sounds to added dialogue to overall comments about the ridiculous filmmaking, Joel and bots are on top of their game with this installment of MST3K. Their reenactment of the opening credits in segment 2 is fantastic.

The movie's plot, per the below-listed website, is: Ator (Miles O'Keeffe) is a renowned swordsman / body builder / scholar / scientist / healer / warrior whose trademarks include a well-developed fat-free physique, little pants, a resplendent mane of freshly-shampooed locks complete with adorable Samurai top-knot, leather accessories (including leather-fringed leg warmers), a pointy little visor and the ability to fight - poorly - with two swords at once. He is a one-time disciple of Akronas and dwells in a remote castle/cave of his own "at the edge of the Earth." Ator sets out to aid Akronas who's castle has been overrun by the evil faux-Asian warlord Zor (David Brandon) and his henchmen. But he's in no particular hurry and leaves with no visible supplies for the journey except a fabulous floor-length lavender cape, aided of Thong and Mila.

Honestly, there are a few jokes that still fly over my head. Some of the jokes are going to be outdated for my kids. But the overall mayhem in this episode will delight viewers!

There are just too many quotes to pick from in the hilarious riffing, but one of my favorites is, "by the stubbing of my thumb, something stupid this way comes." What's yours? MST3K is at its finest with this episode.

Learn more about this episode here: http://mst3k.wikia.com/wiki/Cave_Dwellers

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