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October 1957 (USA) See more »
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See It With Someone Brave! -- A Timeless Terror to Freeze You to Your Seats! See more »
Plot:
A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Thrilling combination of adventure and horror with a message See more (57 total) »

Cast

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Forrest Tucker ... Tom Friend

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Rollason
Maureen Connell ... Helen Rollason
Richard Wattis ... Peter Fox

Robert Brown ... Ed. Shelley
Michael Brill ... McNee
Wolfe Morris ... Kusang
Arnold Marlé ... Lhama (as Arnold Marle)
Anthony Chinn ... Majordomo (as Anthony Chin)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Johnson ... Yeti (uncredited)
John Rae ... Yeti-eyes (uncredited)

Directed by
Val Guest 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Kneale (story and screenplay)

Val Guest  uncredited

Produced by
Aubrey Baring .... producer
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
 
Original Music by
Humphrey Searle 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Grant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Bill Lenny 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Marshall 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrice Dawson 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Henry Montsash .... hairdressing
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lynn .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
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Jock May .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe
Beatrice Dawson .... dress designer
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical director
 
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Doreen Soan .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
91 min | USA:85 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1958) | Netherlands:14 (re-rating) (1958) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:12 (DVD: director's audio commentary) (2003) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) (2011) | USA:Approved (PCA #18535) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Like the "Quatermass" films produced by Hammer (The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Enemy from Space (1957) and Five Million Years to Earth (1967), this was based on one of Nigel Kneale's television dramas, "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Creature (#6.5)" (1955).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Following McNee's fall, Dr. Rollason wraps a large white bandage around McNee's damaged left ankle and foot. Although the bandage is shown around his foot in the 'studio' camp site, immediately afterwards the long shots of McNee fleeing down the actual mountain reveal boots on both his feet.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. John Rollason:This creature may have an affinity for man, something in common with ourselves. Let's remember that before we start shooting.See more »
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Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Mutants (1996) (V)See more »

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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Thrilling combination of adventure and horror with a message, 18 January 2005
Author: Brandt Sponseller from New York City

Dr. John Rollason (Peter Cushing), his wife, Helen (Maureen Connell), and a colleague, Peter Fox (Richard Wattis), have traveled to a remote location in the Himalayas, ostensibly to study rare plant specimens. However, Helen and Peter soon learn that John had an ulterior motive, when he reveals that a ragtag group of explorers, headed by Dr. Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker) are on their way to meet up with John. They plan to lead a small expedition further into the mountains, in search for the infamous abominable snowman, or Yeti.

The Abominable Snowman is a marvelous combination of adventure, horror, and a film with a broader message. The beginning may seem a bit slow to younger viewers, but it is crucial to the plot, and Peter Cushing, as always, turns in a tremendous performance. The monastery setting seems authentic, as do the climbing shots that follow, even though most of the film was shot in Hammer's UK studios and the mountains are actually the Pyrenees in France.

It doesn't take long for director Val Guest to build tension, first dramatically with the ulterior motive revelation and the conflict is causes between John and his wife, then during the Friend expedition's climb, and most importantly, when our crew nears the Yeti. Because the creature effects, especially in the 1950s, can't rival the viewer's imagination, Guest wisely keeps the creatures off-screen for the bulk of the film, and when we see more, it's in heavy shadows. This makes the Yeti material extremely effective.

The message at the end is sincere and poignant, as it also would have been at the time of the film's release, when anthropological exploration of seemingly alien cultures was still regular, captivating news.

Overall a 9 out of 10 for me, and very close to being a 10.

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