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In Search of Noah's Ark (1976)

An investigation into the theory that Mt. Ararat in Turkey is the final resting place of Noah's Ark.



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Credited cast:
Vern Adix ...
Melvin Cook ...
Himself (as Dr. Melvin Cook)
Brad Crandall ...
Narrator (voice)
Eryl Cummings ...
Philip Hammond ...
Elfred Lee ...
John Warwick Montgomery ...
Himself (as Dr. John Warwick Montgomery)
John Morris ...
Frank Moss ...
Himself (as Senator Frank Moss)
Fernand Navarra ...
Roger Rusk ...
Himself (as Prof. Roger Rusk)
Fred A. Waltz ...
Himself (as Dr. Fred A. Waltz)


An investigation into the theory that Mt. Ararat in Turkey is the final resting place of Noah's Ark.

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The greatest discovery of our time See more »


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Release Date:

24 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Finders of the Lost Ark  »

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$55,734,818 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The expedition to find Noah's Ark by Russian Tsar Nicholas II is only rumoured, but is presented in the film as fact. See more »


Referenced in Noah's Ark: Thinking Outside the Box (2007) See more »

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Traumatized Me As A Kid
28 October 2010 | by (New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Seriously, this is one of the first movies I have a conscious recollection of seeing, 1976 sounds about right (I would have been nine). Mom probably saw the G rating and decided this would be a diverting way to keep us out of her face for a couple hours one Saturday afternoon.

I have no memory of the film's story (though presented as a documentary the bulk of it is about as factually based as your standard Godzilla movie) though certain visual images like the pathetic Ark model used bobbing around in a tank look familiar. No, the moment etched into my brain like battery acid was when some idiot playing an ancient explorer climbing Mount Ararat in search of the Ark takes a dive off a cliff.

The event both horrified me as a budding young outdoorsman, but was so patently obviously FAKE that my two brothers and I couldn't shut up talking about it and laughing about how stupid yet cool it was at the same time for the rest of the weekend -- A glorious bit of cognitive dissonance for a 9 year old mind to entertain. Then again Star Trek, the Six Million Dollar Man, cartoons, everything that was cool sort of had a dumb, fake side to it. The moment stuck with me for 34 years so it must have been impressive at 1:85:1 in a theater.

I never encountered the movie again until a buddy with a shared taste for the bizarre loaned me his long out of print tape. The movie itself is competently made but has all the overkill of a propaganda film, which is an apt way to describe the content. The film doesn't posit the theory that the Ark might be on Mount Ararat, the film regards it as a foregone conclusion with the actual location of the remains of the Ark simply being a formality yet to be dealt with. Eventually somebody will find it, you see, and then everyone will know. Uh huh.

There's also some shameless Bible-thumping going on, with what we would now regard as religious overtones to nearly every aspect of how this unlikely story is told, all of it narrated with grave authority by Brad Crandall, the voice of a number of these low budget pseudo-documentaries. As far as science or a study of history it's pretty absurd, but in terms of tapping in to a basic need within humans to be entertained by ridiculous garbage this movie has some legs. Put it on a double bill with CHARIOTS OF THE GODS in a little art house venue next to the medical marijuana store and it would sell out every night, likely to the same crowd every night. Pot heads eat this stuff up like Doritos.

It's all so sincere, so cloyingly convinced, so eager for its viewers to be swept up in rapt awe at what is essentially a hoax (another reader here comments on that aspect). But it's still entertaining with a sort of bizarre poker faced hamminess about it that only somebody really challenged by the mysteries of life would be tempted to take any of it seriously. Even as nine year olds, me and my brothers knew this was just too fake. Nice to find out we were right on the money.


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