Five Million Years to Earth (1967)
"Quatermass and the Pit" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror  |  16 February 1968 (USA)
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.



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16 February 1968 (USA)  »

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Five Million Years to Earth  »

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£275,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.66 : 1
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highly recommended, story and acting exemplary.
10 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first viewed this film on American television under the title "Five Million Years To Earth". The reason I find this film so fascinating is because the producers had the courage to examine the possibility that evil does exist in the universe in the form of an entity, even though the story is written from an evolutionist perspective. This film basically asks the same question humanity has been asking for millenia: Where does evil originate, and why? Although relatively old and perhaps considered archaic by today's motion picture standards I feel the special effects are compelling enough to keep 21st century viewers, both young and old, riveted to their seats. An excellent film for those of a creationist persuasion as well.

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