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Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966)

A spaceship crashes upon an unexplored planet, and the rescuers sent to search for survivors discover that decades have passed due to time dilation.

Director:

Arthur C. Pierce
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wendell Corey ... Adm. David King
Keith Larsen ... Cmdr. Scott
John Agar ... Dr. Farrell
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Lt. Red Bradley
Merry Anders ... Lt. Karen Lamont
Stuart Margolin ... Chief
Robert Ito ... Tang (as Roberto Ito)
Kam Tong ... Jung
Todd Lasswell Todd Lasswell ... Lt. Charles Anderson - Tang's Father (as Todd Laswell)
Ron Stokes Ron Stokes ... Sgt. Allen
Adam Roarke ... Harris
Paul Hampton ... Wilson
Sally Frei Sally Frei ... Sally
Suzie Kaye Suzie Kaye ... Ens. Stevens
Ronald Lyon Ronald Lyon ... Sgt. Nevins (as Ron Lyon)
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Storyline

A space ship crash lands on the third planet of a distant solar system, killing all hands except for a young boy named Tang. The rescue ship arrives some 20 years later. One of the crew, a girl named Linda meets Tang and falls in love with him. They are attacked by the native humanoids of the planet and many of them are killed off. Also, the crew encounters many strange beasts on this strange, but somewhat familiar world. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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It's the battle of the sexes as savage planet women attack female space invaders! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Prehistoric Planet See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original script by Arthur C. Pierce was called simply "The Prehistoric Planet", but producer Jack Broder later added "Women of..." to the title for marketing purposes. To justify this title change, brief scenes were filmed of three actresses in native garb, prancing and swimming semi-nude in the pond and waterfall on the planet. These scenes were only used in foreign release prints, but are visible briefly in the US trailer for the film. See more »

Goofs

Shadow visible over door as Admiral King leaves the communications room. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Red Bradley: Hi-keeba!
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Connections

Featured in Svengoolie: Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Caliban and Ariel
(uncredited)
Music by Desmond Leslie
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There's no women or prehistory, but there is a planet!
10 March 2005 | by squeaks-2See all my reviews

With a title like "Women of the Prehistoric Planet" I envisioned a Lost World type movie in which scantily-clad amazonian beauties ride dinosaurs, fight against half-animal savages and a harsh, unforgiving environment. But with only one women, some forced perspective lizards that com-bust on impact, and a bunch of white guys straight out of the U.S. Navy, one can only wonder what the creators of this movie were thinking when they came up with the title.

To be fair, there are some legitimate scientific ideas that are dealt with in the movie, even if the writers don't understand how they really work. For example, the writers were correct in saying that when you travel near the speed of light time slows down, so that a three week journey for the astronauts aboard the spaceship is perceived by those on the planet as taking eighteen years. However, the perception of the people down on the planet has nothing to do with the speed of the planet's rotation but the way in which the planet's matter distorts the space time continuum.

The real plot of this movie is that a spaceship (Cosmos III) is hijacked by the primitive Centurions (a.k.a., non-white people) who probably perform menial domestic services for the crew aboard the spaceship. The ship crash lands on an unexplored planet with only a few survivors. Another ship in the vicinity (Cosmos IV?), moving at nearly the speed of light, travels to rescue the survivors (a three week journey on the spaceship, but an eighteen year wait on the planet). Once on the ground a group of idiots looking like U.S. Navy officers are dispatched to find the crash site. Meanwhile, a beautiful Centurion girl (the ultra-sexy Irene Tsu as Linda) wanders off and encounters a mysterious stranger named Tang who is also a Centurion. Obviously, he's the son of the survivors of the crash eighteen years earlier.

The story of Linda and Tang is probably the most interesting aspect of this movie. Through their adventures together they fall in love but must still deal with the tension of growing up in two very different environments. The other aspect of the plot has to do with clumsy idiots falling off logs into acid pools and shooting at anything that moves with their ultra high tech .44 pistols. The ending of this movie will surprise no one.


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