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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

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


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Five Million Years to Earth  »

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£275,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Three decades on, Andrew Keir reprised the role of the Professor in "The Quatermass Memoirs", a five-part docudrama scripted by Nigel Kneale and transmitted on BBC Radio 3 in March 1996. See more »

Goofs

When the spaceship starts to come alive, you can see the wires holding up the floating debris in the tunnel. See more »

Quotes

Minister of Defense: You realise what you're implying? That we owe our human condition here to the intervention of insects?
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Followed by The Quatermass Experiment (2005) See more »

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Ultima Ora
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Music by Armando Sciascia
Sparta-Florida Music Group
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highly recommended, story and acting exemplary.
10 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I first viewed this film on American television under the title "Five Million Years To Earth". The reason I find this film so fascinating is because the producers had the courage to examine the possibility that evil does exist in the universe in the form of an entity, even though the story is written from an evolutionist perspective. This film basically asks the same question humanity has been asking for millenia: Where does evil originate, and why? Although relatively old and perhaps considered archaic by today's motion picture standards I feel the special effects are compelling enough to keep 21st century viewers, both young and old, riveted to their seats. An excellent film for those of a creationist persuasion as well.


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