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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Heinz-Detlev Bock Heinz-Detlev Bock ... Narrator (voice)
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 ... Participation
Lee Pajan Lee Pajan ... Narrator (English version)
Henning Skaarup Henning Skaarup ... (Danish narrator)
Erich von Däniken ... Himself
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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:

Based on the best selling book that shattered conventional theories of history and archaeology! 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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Did You Know?

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 Teenage Alien Avengers (1999) See more »

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Fascinating and Tedious at the same time.
28 May 2008 | by ElijahCSkuggsSee all my reviews

Like every single person who has seen this film, I share the love for the abnormal, the strange, the unknown. With the main issue focusing on Alien assistance, the movie certainly is intriguing. From topics of the Pyramids to the giant statues on Easter Island, the film covers topics that are truly mind-boggling. Ancient paintings that seem to detail visits from Aliens, huge blocks of rocks that weigh tons and tons are moved great distances....how? Even with today's technology some of the feats are impossible or just astronomically time-consuming. But back then, these feats were done in amazing time for their current tools/technology. Like I said, the movie focuses on these conundrums more than anything else, and it's just really damn fascinating. But, and there's a big butt, the movie is also slightly boring. With a pretty boring narrator and long drawn out shots that just go on for too long. This is not always the case, obviously, and the shots are also pretty amazing, when they show how gigantic these man-made marvels actually are. Chariots of the Gods is without a doubt worthy documentary to check out. It's undeniably interesting and important. Just a tad boring once in a while.


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