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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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An edited version of the 1970 German documentary "Erinnerungen an die Zukunft" (Chariots of the Gods), this examines the theory that aliens have landed on Earth in ancient times and were ... See full summary »

Director: Harald Reinl
Stars: Rod Serling, Harold P. Klein, James Lawless
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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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Lee Pajan ...
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Henning Skaarup ...
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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 »

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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 Thing (1982) See more »

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Fascinating and Tedious at the same time.
28 May 2008 | by (Happy Land, who lives in a Gumdrop House on Lolly Pop Lane) – See all my reviews

Like every single person who has seen this film, I share the love for the abnormal, the strange, the unknown. With the main issue focusing on Alien assistance, the movie certainly is intriguing. From topics of the Pyramids to the giant statues on Easter Island, the film covers topics that are truly mind-boggling. Ancient paintings that seem to detail visits from Aliens, huge blocks of rocks that weigh tons and tons are moved great distances....how? Even with today's technology some of the feats are impossible or just astronomically time-consuming. But back then, these feats were done in amazing time for their current tools/technology. Like I said, the movie focuses on these conundrums more than anything else, and it's just really damn fascinating. But, and there's a big butt, the movie is also slightly boring. With a pretty boring narrator and long drawn out shots that just go on for too long. This is not always the case, obviously, and the shots are also pretty amazing, when they show how gigantic these man-made marvels actually are. Chariots of the Gods is without a doubt worthy documentary to check out. It's undeniably interesting and important. Just a tad boring once in a while.


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