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Chariots of the Gods (1970)
"Erinnerungen an die Zukunft" (original title)

G  |   |  Documentary  |  26 April 1970 (West Germany)
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Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »

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Heinz-Detlev Bock ...
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Klaus Kindler ...
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Christian Marschall ...
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Jean Fontaine ...
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Thor Heyerdahl ...
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Bruce Johansen ...
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Aleksandr Kazantsev ...
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Hermann Oberth ...
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Lee Pajan ...
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Henning Skaarup ...
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Erich von Däniken ...
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Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter Island, etc. and the fact that these things and modern civilization could have been influenced by extra-terrestrial visitations hundreds(or perhaps thousands) of years ago. Written by Humberto Amador

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Based on the best selling book that shattered conventional theories of history and archaeology! See more »

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26 April 1970 (West Germany)  »

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$25,948,300 (USA)
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Was banned in East Germany one day after its release. See more »

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Amongst this film's claims, was that the Nazca Lines were some kind of landing strip or runway system. In actual fact, the ground in the area would be too soft to be a landing strip for any large craft. See more »

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Narrator: [On a 40,000 year old bison skull] The beast was alive when killed.
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Referenced in The Legend of Tayos (2015) See more »

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A fun and fascinating introduction to some of the mysteries of our world

I saw this movie with my parents and grandparents when it was still in the theater. Since then, I've also read the book, and then bought the movie when it came out on laserdisc. I've always enjoyed this genre.

As a documentary, the movie poses a lot of interesting questions about various enigmatic artifacts and suggests interpretations that dissent from the mainstream narrative of world history.

The movie was designed to encourage further investigation of the topics discussed and to get the viewer thinking about the subject matter in new ways. I commend Harald Reinl for his presentation of Erich von Däniken's work.

The movie features a lot of beautiful photography of seldom seen places, ancient petroglyphs and pictographs, frescoes on cathedral walls, and illustrated manuscripts from around the world, and that alone is worth the price of admission.

The movie has a unique soundtrack composed by Peter Thomas, reminiscent of the Star Trek original series soundtracks. In addition to the recurring theme, there are many fascinating little melodies included, played mostly on acoustic instruments with some electric guitar and bass to back it up.

Today, I have the movie on DVD and the soundtrack on CD. If you can find copies of them, they are worth buying.


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