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Five Million Years to Earth -- An ancient Martian spaceship is unearthed in London, and proves to have powerful psychic effects on the people around.


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Nigel Kneale (original story)
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16 February 1968 (USA) See more »
All Earth Stands Helpless! Spawned in the depths of outer space -- a monster so horrible, so vicious, so incredible -- even when you see it you won't believe it could be! (U.S. poster) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Classic British Sci-Fi movie with an excellent Andrew Keir as Quatermass See more (144 total) »


  (Cast overview, first billed only)

James Donald ... Dr. Mathew Roney

Andrew Keir ... Prof. Bernard Quatermass

Barbara Shelley ... Barbara Judd

Julian Glover ... Colonel Breen
Duncan Lamont ... Sladden
Bryan Marshall ... Captain Potter

Peter Copley ... Howell

Edwin Richfield ... Minister
Grant Taylor ... Police Sergeant Ellis
Maurice Good ... Sergeant Cleghorn
Robert Morris ... Jerry Watson
Sheila Steafel ... Journalist
Hugh Futcher ... Sapper West
Hugh Morton ... Elderly Journalist
Thomas Heathcote ... Vicar
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Quatermass and the Pit" - UK (original title)
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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2002) | Italy:T | UK:15 | UK:12 (re-rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #21563) | West Germany:16

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Of the three Hammer Horror "Quatermass" films, this is the only one which "Quatermass" creator Nigel Kneale personally liked. This was largely to the fact that he was much happier with Andrew Keir's performance as the title character than he had been with Brian Donlevy's in The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and Enemy from Space (1957). He described Donlevy as "a former Hollywood heavy gone to seed" and claimed that he was drunk during much of the shooting of the latter film, a claim which its director Val Guest repudiated.See more »
Factual errors: A pattern of seven circles with hexagonal symmetry is twice described as a pentacle.See more »
Sladden:[Preparing his drill] I did steel armour plating within six inches thick. Swish - just like that. Oh, it was legal. A bloke got shut in a strong room. But I got him out. It was a secret job like this one.
Col. Breen:Then I'm glad you don't talk about it.
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References The Reptile (1966)See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Classic British Sci-Fi movie with an excellent Andrew Keir as Quatermass, 4 May 2006
Author: ma-cortes

The picture concerns about the strange deeds into a London underground . There find a Martian aircraft which probes the humanity is created by a superior civilization . Then arrive Quatermass (Andrew Keir) , an official army (Julian Glover) and two obstinate scientists (James Donald and Barbara Shelley) , all of them discover fantastic events . The plot is developed for continuous discovery , leading a spooky and astounding finale.

The movie is an outstanding adaptation from a TV serial exhibited in BBC (1958-59) written by Nigel Kneagle . As protagonist turns up Andrew Keir substituting to Brian Donlevy starring in ¨The Quatermass experiment¨ and ¨Quatermass II¨ , both of them directed by Val Guest , besides John Mills starred the final chapter titled the ¨Conclusion Quatermass¨ directed by Piers Haggard . This 1967 film is one of the greatest British science fiction films and the best of Quatermass trilogy . The great climax film is , of course , the final confrontation between the starring and the weird entity . In the picture appears the usual Hammer technicians and artistic team as cameraman Arthur Grant creating a riveting and colorful cinematography , Bernard Robinson making an awesome production design and ordinary musical conductor Philip Martell . The film is well produced by Anthony Nelson and magnificently directed by Roy Ward Baker . The flick will appeal to science fiction movie enthusiasts and Hammer fans . Rating : Above average and well worth watching .

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