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One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | 21 February 1967 (USA)
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Prehistoric man Tumak is banished from his savage tribe and meets pretty Loana who belongs to a gentler coastal tribe but he must fight caveman Payto to win her favors.

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Michael Carreras (screenplay), Mickell Novack (adapted from an original screenplay by) (as Mickell Novak) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Raquel Welch ... Loana
John Richardson ... Tumak
Percy Herbert ... Sakana
Robert Brown ... Akhoba
Martine Beswick ... Nupondi
Jean Wladon Jean Wladon ... Ahot
Lisa Thomas Lisa Thomas ... Sura
Malya Nappi Malya Nappi ... Tohana
Richard James Richard James ... Young Rock Man
William Lyon Brown William Lyon Brown ... Payto
Frank Hayden Frank Hayden ... 1st Rock Man
Terence Maidment Terence Maidment ... 1st Shell Man
Micky De Rauch Micky De Rauch ... 1st Shell Girl
Yvonne Horner ... Ullah
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Storyline

Caveman Tumak is banished from his savage tribe. He finds a brief home among a group of gentle seacoast dwelling cave people until he is banished from them as well. Missing him, one of their women, Loana leaves with him, deciding to face the harsh prehistoric world with its monsters and volcanos as a couple. Written by Jim Cobb

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Taglines:

MEN AND MONSTERS BATTLE TO RUKEE THE EARTH! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un millón de años A.C. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP422,816 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie WarGames the Triceratops vs Ceratosaurus battle is shown by Professor Falken to David and Jennifer. See more »

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The attacking Allosaurus is only about twice as large as his human opponents, when in actuality, it was at least five times bigger. Also, the Triceratops towers over Tumak and Loanna at the same height the Allosaur does, while the Ceratosaurus towers over the Triceratops. Allosaurus was much larger than Ceratosaurus. Of course, it could be speculated that the Allosaurus in this film was a juvenile creature. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: This is a story of long, long ago; when the world was just beginning.
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Characters and scenes appearing and names used are imaginary, and every reference to names, characters or facts really happened is purely fictional. See more »

Alternate Versions

The British version runs 100 minutes and features 9 minutes of footage cut from American prints. This includes a scene where Nupondi (Martine Beswicke) does a provocative dance; Tumak (John Richardson) tastes from the container of paint in the Shell Tribe's cave; and an extended violent scene of a fight among the ape-men while Tumak and Loana (Raquel Welch) hide, and extended scenes showing Tumak, as he leaves his tribe, shown wandering the valley, and coming across the skeleton of a giant lizard. The widescreen laser disc is the British version (which gives Richardson first billing), while the VHS release is the American version (which gives Welch first billing). See more »

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Referenced in Fantasy Island: Nona/One Million B.C. (1980) See more »

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Never a dull moment
1 June 2005 | by drmality-1See all my reviews

This movie is everything a prehistoric adventure should be. Forget the fact that dinosaurs and man did not co-exist...this is just as much a fantasy as "Jason and the Argonauts" or "Star Wars".

The world of "One Million Years B.C." is insanely brutal, where man is the weakest creature in a harsh landscape of volcanoes and giant monsters. The Rock People have lives that are "nasty, brutish and short", where only the strongest survive. They are dominated by the rugged chief Akoba, whose two sons Tumak and Sakana are in a constant battle to see who will gain his favor. Sakana gains the upper hand and Tumak is banished into the wastelands. After dodging monsters, he finally arrives at the seaside domain of the Shell People, who are more cultured and civilized. He captures the eye of the beautiful Loana and the two have a non-stop series of adventures.

The narrative is direct and primitive, befitting the primeval setting. John Richardson is quite good as Tumak...he is decent but still has a lot of barbarism in him. As for young Raquel Welch, not even the special effects of Ray Harryhausen could outshine her incredible beauty in this film. Even in our own time, gorgeous babes like these are rare...they would be totally impossible in the prehistoric world. The stunning Raquel is pure eye candy and succeeds better in this regard than any other actress in film history. Especially noteworthy is her cat-fight with sultry Martine Beswick, no slouch in the looks department herself.

Ray Harryhausen outdoes himself again with brilliant stop motion dinosaurs. Look at the realistic movements of these creatures, which have not been surpassed by CGI. The ravenous Allosaurus who duels with Tumak is a particular stand-out, but the battling Triceratops and Ceratosaur are also pretty cool. The movie also features the more standard giant lizard dressed up and made huge, but even this scene is better than most of its ilk. An eerie scene featuring ape-men and some colossal earthquake and erupting volcanoes round out an exciting picture.

Don't look for anything really deep in this one. Just expect primitive action with plenty of monsters, battling cavemen and the awesome Raquel Welch. This movie does everything it sets out to do.


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