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10,000 BC (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 7 March 2008 (USA)
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A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warlord (as Ben Badra)
Ka'Ren (as Mo Zainal)
Mona Hammond ...
Old Mother
Narrator (voice)
Kristian Beazley ...
D'Leh's Father
Junior Oliphant ...
Louise Tu'u ...
Baku's Mother


A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter named D'Leh's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe. When a band of mysterious horse-riding warlords raid the Yaghal camp and kidnaps his heart's desire - the beautiful Evolet along with many others, D'Leh is forced to lead a small group of hunters south to pursue the warlords to the end of the world to save her. Driven by destiny, the unlikely band of warriors must battle saber-toothed cats and terror birds in the Levant. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Plot Keywords:

hunter | mammoth | captive | tribe | epic | See All (262) »


The legend. The battle. The first hero. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

10.000 A.C.  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$105,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$35,867,488 (USA) (7 March 2008)


$94,770,548 (USA) (13 June 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


D'Leh refers to one star as "the one that never moves." That would be the North Star, which appears stationary in the northern night sky. In 10,000 BC the North Star was Vega, the fifth brightest star in the sky. It would've been very obvious in the dark sky. See more »


Characters refer to the mammoth herd's "lead bull." Like modern elephants, mammoths were headed by a matriarchal female, a lead cow. Bulls never led the herd. See more »


D'Leh: [to Tic'Tic] We need you. They will not fight with us.
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OK, just OK
17 June 2008 | by (Reykjavík, Iceland) – See all my reviews

To anyone who has ever yearned to see woolly mammoths in full stampede across the Alps, 10,000 BC can be heartily recommended. There's also a flock of "terror birds"--lethal ostriches on steroids--in a steaming jungle only a splice away from the heroes' snow-dusted alpine habitat. And lo, somewhere in the vastness of the North African desert lies a city whose slave inhabitants alternately teem like the crowds in Quo Vadis during the burning of Rome and trudge in hieratic ally menacing formations like the workers in Metropolis. That's pretty much it for the cool stuff. Setting movies in prehistoric times is dicey. Apart from the "Dawn of Man" sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey, only Quest for Fire makes the grade, and its creators had the good sense to limit the duologue to grunts and moans. 10,000 BC boasts a quasi-biblical narrator (Omar Sharif) and characters who speak in formed, albeit uninteresting, sentences--including a New Age–y "I understand your pain." But let no one say the storytelling isn't primitive. The narrator speaks of "the legend of the child with the blue eyes" and bingo, here's the kid now. When, grown up to be Camilla Belle, she's carried off by "four-legged demons"--guys on horseback to you--the neighbor boy (Steven Strait) who hankers to make myth with her leads a rescue mission into the great unknown world beyond their mountaintop. His name is D'Leh, which is Held, the German for "knight," spelled backward. So yes, there is some hidden meaning after all. 10,000 BC is the latest triumph of the ersatz from writer-director Roland Emmerich. Like Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), and The Day After Tomorrow (2004) before it, it's shamelessly cobbled together out of every movie Emmerich can remember to pilfer from (though to be fair, the section in per-ancient Egypt harks back to his own Stargate). Emmerich's saving grace is that his films' cheesiness is so flagrant, his narratives so geared for instant gratification, he can seem like a kid simultaneously improvising and acting out a story in his backyard: "P'tend there's this alien ... p'tend maybe he came from Atlantis or something...." Just don't p'tend it has anything to do with real movie-making.

Starring: Steven Strait, Camilla Belle, Cliff Cirtus, Joel Virgel. Director: Roland Emmerich.

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