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Phase IV (1974)

Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. ... See full summary »

Director:

Saul Bass

Writer:

Mayo Simon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nigel Davenport ... Dr. Ernest D. Hubbs
Michael Murphy ... James R. Lesko
Lynne Frederick ... Kendra Eldridge
Alan Gifford ... Mr. Eldridge
Robert Henderson Robert Henderson ... Clete
Helen Horton Helen Horton ... Mildred Eldridge
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Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. But the ants have other ideas. Written by Niz

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The Day The Earth Was Turned Into A Cemetery! See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Du tror inte dina ögon See more »

Filming Locations:

Rift Valley, Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is footage from the original discarded ending that is used in the promotional trailer for the film. See more »

Goofs

During one of the scenes inside the dome, Lynne Frederick speaks with a English accent instead of the American accent she uses during the rest of the film. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
James R. Lesko: [voiceover] We knew then, that we were being changed... and made part of their world. We didn't know for what purpose... but we knew, we would be told.
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Crazy Credits

The title is not revealed until the end credits. It is divided into segments "Phase I," Phase II," and "Phase III," and only at the very end when Phase IV is reached is the title ever given. See more »

Alternate Versions

The French TV release is cut, the close-up on the scientist being devoured by ants is missing. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Phase IV (1989) See more »

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The best of the nature strikes back genre
7 October 2002 | by Jeff SoftleySee all my reviews

A classic 70's eco-film. Along with Andromeda Strain, Silent Running, Soylent Green, Planet of the Apes, Omega Man, A Boy and His Dog, Demon Seed and others, Phase IV is a 70's film standout for its message of human hubris, greed and excess causing harm to nature. And in Phase IV the ants strike back. Thought-provoking, and beautifully shot for a low budget film, Phase IV generates real suspense and heightened drama through good performances, a well-crafted story, and excellent editing of the extreme close-up shots of the ants. I'm sure some Gen-Xers will remake this film and totally f**k it up through the use of CGI. See the original and take to heart its message.


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