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Five Million Years to Earth ()

Quatermass and the Pit (original title)
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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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Dr. Mathew Roney
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Prof. Bernard Quatermass
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Barbara Judd
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Colonel Breen
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Sladden
Bryan Marshall ...
Captain Potter
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Howell
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Minister
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Police Sergeant Ellis
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Sergeant Cleghorn
Robert Morris ...
Jerry Watson
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Journalist
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Sapper West
Hugh Morton ...
Elderly Journalist
Thomas Heathcote ...
Vicar
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Abbey Librarian
Hugh Manning ...
Pub Customer
June Ellis ...
Blonde
Keith Marsh ...
Johnson
James Culliford ...
Corporal Gibson
Bee Duffell ...
Miss Dobson
Roger Avon ...
Electrician
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Technical Officer
John Graham ...
Inspector
Charles Lamb ...
Newsvendor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Barrass ...
Commuter (uncredited)
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Student archaeologist (uncredited)
Peter Bennett ...
London Transport Official (uncredited)
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Second Electrician (uncredited)
John Bown ...
TV Interviewer (uncredited)
Simon Brent ...
Orderly Officer (uncredited)
David Crane ...
Institute Attendant (uncredited)
William Ellis ...
Journalist (uncredited)
Mark Elwes ...
Second Technician (uncredited)
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Possessed Man (uncredited)
George Fisher ...
Man in Bar (uncredited)
Joseph Greig ...
Pub Customer (uncredited)
Fred Haggerty ...
Fleeing Man (uncredited)
George Hilsdon ...
Barman (uncredited)
Walter Horsbrugh ...
Messenger (uncredited)
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Institute Doorkeeper (uncredited)
Elroy Josephs ...
Black Workman (uncredited)
Eric Kent ...
Sapper (uncredited)
George Oliver ...
Commuter (uncredited)
James Payne ...
Man Running from Station (uncredited)
Michael Poole ...
Older Workman (uncredited)
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Journalist (uncredited)
Mike Reid ...
Possessed Man (uncredited)
John Rutland ...
Second London Transport Official (uncredited)
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Commuter (uncredited)
David Savile ...
Army Officer (uncredited)
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Commuter (uncredited)
Albert Shepherd ...
Loader (uncredited)
Leslie Southwick ...
Journalist (uncredited)
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Other Workman (uncredited)
Mickey Varey ...
Possessed Man (uncredited)
Brian Walton ...
Journalist (uncredited)
Ian White ...
TV Announcer (uncredited)

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Roy Ward Baker

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Nigel Kneale ... (original story)
 
Nigel Kneale ... (screenplay)

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Anthony Nelson Keys ... producer

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Tristram Cary

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Arthur Grant ... director of photography

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Spencer Reeve

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James Needs ... supervising editor
William Parnell ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

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Irene Lamb

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Bernard Robinson ... supervising art director
Kenneth Ryan ... (as Ken Ryan)

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Michael Morris ... makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Ian Lewis ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bert Batt ... assistant director
Christopher Neame ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Bill Westley ... third assistant director (uncredited)

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Arthur Banks ... construction manager (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Sash Fisher ... sound recordist
Roy Hyde ... sound editor

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Les Bowie ... special effects (uncredited)
Roy Field ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Sydney Pearson ... special effects (uncredited)
Ian Scoones ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Bill Warrington ... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Kit West ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

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Moray Grant ... camera operator
Steve Birtles ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Trevor Coop ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Bob Jordan ... focus puller (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Rosemary Burrows ... wardrobe mistress

Music Department

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Philip Martell ... musical supervisor
Carlo Martelli ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Doreen Dearnaley ... continuity
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Five Million Years to Earth (New Zealand, English title)
  • Five Million Years to Earth (United States)
  • Five Million Years to Earth (Canada, English title)
  • Les monstres de l'espace (France)
  • Le monstre des abîmes (France)
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Runtime
  • 97 min
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Budget GBP275,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia If you look closely at the London Underground station walls, you can see quite a few posters from other Hammer projects such as The Reptile (1966), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and The Witches (1966), as well as My Fair Lady (1964) and Hotel (1967). An old, partially-ripped poster for Sex and the Single Girl (1964) can be seen on the wall opposite the entrance to Hobbs End station. See more »
Goofs A minute or so before the end credits roll, as Quatermass is walking away from the devastation, a crew member's hand swings into the right-hand side of the frame and back out again. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sci-Fi (1994). See more »
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Quotes Professor Bernard Quatermass: The will to survive is an odd phenomenon. Roney, if we found out our own world was doomed, say by climatic changes, what would we do about it?
Dr. Mathew Roney: Nothing, just go on squabbling like usual.
Professor Bernard Quatermass: Yes, but if we weren't men?
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