Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, ...
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Broadhead becomes the latest victim of the gas. Quatermass tricks his way inside the plant with Ward and Fowler. Ward gets separated and strays into one of the food domes - then emerges covered in a ...
Professor Bernard Quatermass, Director General of the British Experimental Rocket Group, launches the first manned space flight from Australia. A malfunction sends the rocket and its three ... See full summary »
In the near future, civilisation has broken down to the barest fragment of recognisable life. Young people are forming gangs and dominating the wrecks of cities like London. But the ... See full summary »
A separate screenplay by Nigel Kneale for theaters, parallel to the 1979 Quatermass four part mini-series. The story set in the near future involves influences from outer space that are possessing people. Professor Quatermass must save his granddaughter from the clutches of a popular and sinister cult "Planet People" that "performs raptures".
Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, draws the Professor's attention to a strange hollow meteorite which interrupted an Army Training exercise. Quatermass and Dillon investigate, and discover a vast government production plant which has some connection with the meteorites. After coming in contact with the noxious gas contained inside the meteorites, Dillon is taken away by the plant's security guards. When Quatermass presses this issue with an old civil service acquaintance, he learns that the plant is supposedly making synthetic food. Both men learn that this is untrue, and that the true products of the plant will threaten the world itself.Written by
Christopher M. Buckey <ChrisBuckey@nospam.msn.com>
Special effects crewmen Bernard Wilkie and Jack Kine make an appearance in the Episode Six ("The Destroyers") as technicians assisting Professor Quatermass with his spacesuit. This was because the rubber spacesuit costume John Robinson wore was so heavy it prevented him from reaching his mark for the next scene, so he had to be carried across the studio. See more »
Leo Pugh claims the odds of a meteorite reaching the Earth's surface are something like "one in a billion". In reality such events are much more common. See more »
[Dillon and Grice are about to leave their radar site to investigate a meteorite impact they tracked]
[to the Private watching the radar screen]
You carry on. Just report that plane when it shows up. Nothing else. Got it?
[Dillon and Grice leave]
It's the one I learnt yesterday, Sergeant.
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Episode Three ("The Food") was broadcast in 1991 as part of the programming celebrating the history of the BBC's Lime Grove facility. In order to fit into the half-hour timeslot, several minutes of footage were cut from the episode. See more »
A good movie for an afternoon of B&W entertainment
I had never heard of the Quartermass series before and after seeing Quartermass II: The Enemy From Space, I hope I can find the others.
Being honest here, I never have been too much a fan of British made films as comparatively they always had what I (personal opinion - NOT meant as a negative!) felt was a cheap, amateurish feel to them. I still see this in some of today's work. However, this movie was quality done for its day. The actors, for the most part don't deliberately "act" so it distracts from the plot. Instead they seem immersed enough to make the plot flow smoothly.
A definite fun watch, and likely I will watch it again. When taken in context of the time period it was made, it would rate a full 10... I think. But just b/c this review may be read by people too young to remember/understand this was made in a much different time period and culture, I rated it an 8. Its certainly not part of the Star Wars series ... but to enjoy these old films, people must realize watching it to make a comparisons with modern productions will always be disappointing.
Watch films like this for the fun of seeing how people back then saw sci fi. Then they become very enjoyable since you get to experience the mindset underlying today's sci fi culture, and you can see where we came from!
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