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Phase IV (1974)

Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them.

Director:

Saul Bass

Writer:

Mayo Simon
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Complete credited cast:
Nigel Davenport ... Dr. Ernest D. Hubbs
Michael Murphy ... James R. Lesko
Lynne Frederick ... Kendra Eldridge
Alan Gifford ... Mr. Eldridge
Robert Henderson ... Clete
Helen Horton ... Mildred Eldridge
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Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to two scientists and a stray girl they rescue from the ants to destroy them. But the ants have other ideas. Written by Niz

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Ravenous Invaders Controlled by a Terror Out in Space Commanded to Annihilate the World! See more »


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Trivia

Linda Blair was considered for the role of Kendra. When she auditioned for the film, she impressed director Saul Bass and was asked back to several callbacks. She even went as far as doing a screen test for the part. The producers and director ultimately decided that she was too young, plus the film was also on a limited budget and could not afford the big star's salary at the time. See more »

Goofs

During one of the scenes inside the dome, Lynne Frederick speaks with a English accent instead of the American accent she uses during the rest of the film. See more »

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Dr. Ernest D. Hubbs: Memorandum, to R. Flanders Smith, Secretary National Science Foundation, Committee on Biological Controls. From E. D. Hubbs, Senior Fellow, Coronado Institute. Subject: Biological Imbalance in an Upland Arizona Valley. Facts on hand: traditional antagonisms among several ant species have come to a dramatic halt. At the same time there has been an apparent disappearance of those insects which pray on ants. Specifically, mantises, beetles, millipedes and spiders. If these conditions persist, they...
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Crazy Credits

The Paramount logo is not shown at the start of the film, and there are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The French TV release is cut, the close-up on the scientist being devoured by ants is missing. See more »

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Referenced in Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) See more »

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Strikingly Weird Film.
23 September 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Michael Murphy and Nigel Davenport play two scientists studying the recent peculiar behavior of ants after a strange outer space phenomenon has occurred. They rescue a young woman(played by Lynne Frederick) who has survived an ant attack that destroyed her family and farm. Seems the(normal) sized ants have evolved into a collective intelligence, and are studying them as well, in the next step of mutual evolution...

Weird(to say the least)film is nonetheless quite original and intelligent; seems to be partially inspired by "2001: A Space Odyssey", and though not a masterpiece, still contains some quite striking visual imagination and ambition(courtesy of director Saul Bass) and a mind-bending ending that gives much to ponder. A thought-provoking Sci-Fi film that deserves to be better known.


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Language:

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Release Date:

September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phase IV See more »

Filming Locations:

Rift Valley, Kenya See more »

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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