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

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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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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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Was God An Astronaut? The Amazing Story Of Earth's Unsolved Mysteries. See more »

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26 April 1970 (West Germany)  »

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$25,948,300 (USA)
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Released at 54 minutes in the UK, so that it would fit on a double bill as the supporting film to The Railway Children (1970) in 1971. See more »

Goofs

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 Sam and Max: Chariots of the Dogs (2008) See more »

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I'm Not Saying It's Aliens....But It's Aliens
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Documentary based on Eric von Daniken's famous book, which deals with ancient mysteries and specifically whether aliens visited Earth centuries ago. The gimmick in the book is to suggest outlandish theories but always to phrase them in the form of a question. This way von Daniken can always backpedal and say things like "I didn't say that the Bible has aliens in it. I just asked what if it does?" It's a clever huckster's trick but it served him well as he made a career writing books like this using the same technique.

I love the footage of the various locations and artifacts. That the footage has that vintage '70s look is an added bonus. It's talky and a little dry but still interesting and worth a look. As far as documentaries on ancient aliens or forgotten history goes, this is pretty good. For the absolute best in this type of material, you'd have to watch the Leonard Nimoy "In Search Of..." series.


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