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Chariots of the Gods (1970)

Erinnerungen an die Zukunft (original title)
Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter ... See full summary »

Director:

Harald Reinl (as Dr. Harald Reinl)

Writers:

Harald Reinl, Utz Utermann (commentary) (as Wilhelm Roggersdorf) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Heinz-Detlev Bock Heinz-Detlev Bock ... Narrator (voice)
Klaus Kindler Klaus Kindler ... Narrator (voice)
Christian Marschall Christian Marschall ... Narrator (voice)
Aleksandr Kazantsev Aleksandr Kazantsev ... Himself - Moscow Academy of Natural Science
Wiatscheslav Saitsew Wiatscheslav Saitsew ... Himself - Academy of Science, Minsk
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hans Domnick Hans Domnick ... Participation
Jean Fontaine Jean Fontaine ... Narrator (English version)
Thor Heyerdahl ... Participation
Bruce Johansen Bruce Johansen ... Narrator (English version)
Hermann Oberth Hermann Oberth ... Participation
Lee Pajan Lee Pajan ... Narrator (English version)
Henning Skaarup Henning Skaarup ... (Danish narrator)
Erich von Däniken ... Himself
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Storyline

Documentary based on the book by Erich Von Daniken concerning the ancient mysteries of the world, such as the pyramids of Egypt and Mexico, ancient cave drawings, the monuments of Easter Island, etc. and the fact that these things and modern civilization could have been influenced by extra-terrestrial visitations hundreds(or perhaps thousands) of years ago. Written by Humberto Amador

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Taglines:

Was God An Astronaut? The Amazing Story Of Earth's Unsolved Mysteries. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

26 April 1970 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Chariots of the Gods See more »

Filming Locations:

Israel See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,948,300
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Terra-Filmkunst See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Released at 54 minutes in the UK, so that it would fit on a double bill as the supporting film to The Railway Children (1970) in 1971. See more »

Goofs

Amongst this film's claims, was that the Nazca Lines were some kind of landing strip or runway system. In actual fact, the ground in the area would be too soft to be a landing strip for any large craft. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [On a 40,000 year old bison skull] The beast was alive when killed.
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Alternate Versions

Cut to 54 minutes for its UK theatrical release by EMI in 1971. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Alien (1979) See more »

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Wow!
18 November 1998 | by VarlaamSee all my reviews

I still recall what a stunning impact this "documentary" had on my family -- including my father, a professor -- when we saw it on television in the early '70's.

Of course, all of von Däniken's assertions have been thoroughly and utterly debunked in the meantime, and von Däniken turned out to be a complete fraud, but still, this was the first time I had ever heard of the Plains of Nazca, so I have to thank Erich for that.

I much prefer the German title to the English: "Erinnerungen an die Zukunft" or "Memories of the Future".


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