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Five Million Years to Earth (1967)

Quatermass and the Pit (original title)
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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Mathew Roney
... Prof. Bernard Quatermass
... Barbara Judd
... Colonel Breen
... Sladden
Bryan Marshall ... Captain Potter
... Howell
... Minister
Grant Taylor ... Police Sergeant Ellis
... Sergeant Cleghorn
Robert Morris ... Jerry Watson
... Journalist
... Sapper West
Hugh Morton ... Elderly Journalist
Thomas Heathcote ... Vicar
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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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All Earth Stands Helpless! Spawned in the depths of outer space -- a monster so horrible, so vicious, so incredible -- even when you see it you won't believe it could be! (U.S. poster) See more »


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16 February 1968 (USA)  »

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£275,000 (estimated)
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Duncan Lamont (Sladden) previously played the doomed astronaut Victor Carroon in The Quatermass Experiment (1953). See more »

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When Breen gets into a cab to leave Hobbs Lane, the crew are clearly reflected in the door window of the cab. See more »

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Col. Breen: Mars is dead, nothing there but a few scraps of lichen.
Professor Bernard Quatermass: Five million years ago it may have been very different. Suppose at that time there were living beings on it with techniques that let them visit the Earth at a time when the most highly evolved creatures here, our own ancestors, were only a type of Pliocene ape.
Minister of Defense: Go on.
Professor Bernard Quatermass: They may have wanted to found another colony, when their own world was doomed, but couldn't endure our atmosphere, so they experimented.
Minister of Defense: Oh, and the insects were responsible?
Professor Bernard Quatermass:
Col. Breen:
Professor Bernard Quatermass:
Howell:
Professor Bernard Quatermass:
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References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Martians?
Written and Performed by Tristram Cary
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Still scary even today...
21 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this film when I was about 7. Although we lived in the Central region I saw this on HTV. My memory of it is there for fuzzy. I have seen it again on DVD since.

And this film is great. Unlike many Hammer films story and performance is key here. The story as often been imitated but never topped.

Its a very intelligent horror film which is something we don't get very often anymore. Or at all.

I also recently saw the original BBC TV show and that too is well worth picking up. Its just as good if not better.

This is definitely worth a watch. British cinema at its finest...


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