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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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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:

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

The director, Oscar nominee Harald Reinl, was stabbed to death by his wife, a former actress. 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 »

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I'm Not Saying It's Aliens....But It's Aliens
15 May 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Documentary based on Eric von Daniken's famous book, which deals with ancient mysteries and specifically whether aliens visited Earth centuries ago. The gimmick in the book is to suggest outlandish theories but always to phrase them in the form of a question. This way von Daniken can always backpedal and say things like "I didn't say that the Bible has aliens in it. I just asked what if it does?" It's a clever huckster's trick but it served him well as he made a career writing books like this using the same technique.

I love the footage of the various locations and artifacts. That the footage has that vintage '70s look is an added bonus. It's talky and a little dry but still interesting and worth a look. As far as documentaries on ancient aliens or forgotten history goes, this is pretty good. For the absolute best in this type of material, you'd have to watch the Leonard Nimoy "In Search Of..." series.


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