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Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Approved | | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 16 February 1968 (USA)
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A mysterious artifact is unearthed in London, and famous scientist Bernard Quatermass is called into to divine its origins and explain its strange effects on people.

Director:

Roy Ward Baker

Writers:

Nigel Kneale (original story), Nigel Kneale (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Donald ... Doctor Roney
Andrew Keir ... Quatermass
Barbara Shelley ... Barbara Judd
Julian Glover ... Colonel Breen
Duncan Lamont ... Sladden
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Captain Potter
Peter Copley ... Howell
Edwin Richfield ... Minister
Grant Taylor ... Police Sergeant Ellis
Maurice Good ... Sergeant Cleghorn
Robert Morris Robert Morris ... Watson
Sheila Steafel ... Journalist
Hugh Futcher ... Sapper West
Hugh Morton Hugh Morton ... Elderly Journalist
Thomas Heathcote ... Vicar
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Storyline

While digging a new subway line in London, a construction crew discovers first: a skeleton, then what they think is an old World War II German missile. Upon closer examination the "missile" appears to be not of this earth! This movie examines the age old question of how we came to be on this planet. It is surprisingly scary. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Force more powerful than 1,000 H-Bombs unleashed to devastate Earth! World in panic! Cities in flames! See more »


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Official Sites:

Hammer [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Million Years to Earth See more »

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Budget:

£275,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The viewers in the pub are watching a live news broadcast in colour and on a colour television set. Although colour television broadcasts did not become common in the UK until the second half of 1969, BBC2 had, in fact, started some experimental colour broadcasts on BBC2 starting in July 1967 with the Wimbledon tennis championships. As this film was released in UK cinemas in November 1967, this scene would technically have been correct, although most people stuck with monochrome television sets until the 1970s due to the more expensive television licences required. See more »

Goofs

Dialogue states that the creatures want to make London a "Martian colony", yet there is no explanation or justification for the creatures being from Mars. See more »

Quotes

Sladden: Where was Moses when the lights went out? In the flippin' dark.
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Referenced in The Big Snatch (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Deserted Harbour
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Music by Dennis Farnon
Boosey & Hawkes Music Ltd
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A Milestone in S.F.
4 January 1999 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Why a milestone? Because its concept of outside manipulation of human evolution isn't unique to written s.f., but in the realm of movies and TV it's the first of its kind. Echoes of this movie can be seen through Doctor Who, 2001: Space Odyssey, and Babylon 5. Quartermass is a chilling combination of science fiction and Lovecraftian horror, boosted by great performances by Andrew Keir, James Donald, and Julian Glover.


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