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Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)

A spaceship crashes upon an unexplored planet, and the rescuers sent to search for survivors discover that decades have passed due to time dilation.

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Dr. Farrell
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Lt. Karen Lamont
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Tang (as Roberto Ito)
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Lt. Charles Anderson - Tang's Father (as Todd Laswell)
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Ron Stokes ...
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Paul Hampton ...
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Ronald Lyon ...
Sgt. Nevins (as Ron Lyon)
Sally Frei ...
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A space ship crash lands on the third planet of a distant solar system, killing all hands except for a young boy named Tang. The rescue ship arrives some 20 years later. One of the crew, a girl named Linda meets Tang and falls in love with him. They are attacked by the native humanoids of the planet and many of them are killed off. Also, the crew encounters many strange beasts on this strange, but somewhat familiar world. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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It's the battle of the sexes as savage planet women attack female space invaders! See more »


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The original script by Arthur C. Pierce was called simply "The Prehistoric Planet", but producer Jack Broder later added "Women of..." to the title for marketing purposes. To justify this title change, brief scenes were filmed of three actresses in native garb, prancing and swimming semi-nude in the pond and waterfall on the planet. These scenes were only used in foreign release prints, but are visible briefly in the US trailer for the film. See more »

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Rocks and stones squash underfoot and wobble. See more »

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Lt. Red Bradley: You know me, I can light up a whole room.
[he laughs nervously]
Lt. Red Bradley: Just by walking out.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Painted Hills (1993) See more »

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Terrible but fascinating.
2 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And it's a real pity that it was in the first national, Comedy Channel (pre-Comedy Central) season of MST3K (before Josh Weinstein left to work on THE SIMPSONS, and before Mike Nelson signed on as a utility actor), so it presumably won't be reissued on home video in their version, while my off-cable VHS tape is on its last legs. The cast makes the film, as several have noted here, as does the twist ending you know M. Shyamalan is waiting to spring on us again any film now...I won't reveal it, but its probably the oldest cliché in bad written SF, so ridiculously hack that even the usually shameless film industry hasn't bothered with it much over the decades.

However, quite aside from seeing Stuart Margolin beginning his long, deft, typecast career, and Robert Ito with surely no inkling of his similarly long television career to come, for this viewer, the female cast, led in this regard by Irene Tsu and Merry Anders, is remarkably lovely. Arthur C. Pierce, truly an undersung contributor to the Whacked tradition of film-making, provided us with so much in his few mid-'60s features. It's a pity we haven't given him more attention...or, perhaps, not. But these are wonderfully weird (not least in their utter lack of realization of how schlock they are), and often hard to find, films.


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