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Phase IV (1974)

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. ... See full summary »

Director:

Saul Bass

Writer:

Mayo Simon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nigel Davenport ... Dr. Ernest D. Hubbs
Michael Murphy ... James R. Lesko
Lynne Frederick ... Kendra Eldridge
Alan Gifford ... Mr. Eldridge
Robert Henderson Robert Henderson ... Clete
Helen Horton 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Rift Valley, Kenya See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to actor Michael Murphy, director Saul Bass was very worried about Lynne Frederick, who was British, being able to sound suitably American for the film, since her character was supposed to be from Arizona. Bass made her run her lines over and over while he listened for any hint of a British accent. See more »

Goofs

The ant-queens seen are actually a species of wasps. This choice has been most probably made as to not seriously disturb several ant-states. However, ant-queens shed their wings when going into pregnancy and developing the huge white abdomen. It needs to be remarked that the choice for not ripping out the wasps' wings speaks in favor for the film makers. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
James R. Lesko: [voiceover] We knew then, that we were being changed... and made part of their world. We didn't know for what purpose... but we knew, we would be told.
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Crazy Credits

The title is not revealed until the end credits. It is divided into segments "Phase I," Phase II," and "Phase III," and only at the very end when Phase IV is reached is the title ever given. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the book "Future Tense" by John Brosnan, an alternate ending to the film was described: "Bass originally filmed a spectacular, surreal montage lasting four minutes, showing what life would be like in the 'new' Earth, but this was cut by the distributor." A preview version with this ending intact was shown to some audiences in 1973-4, and clips of it showed up in film's the theatrical trailer, and in Saul Bass' title sequence to Martin Scorcese's Cape Fear (1991). The alternate ending and preview version did not resurface until 2012. The 35mm original footage of the ending was scanned and color corrected (it had faded to magenta) by the Academy Film Archive. Beginning in 2013, repertory showings of the film (for instance at Cinefamily and Anthology Film Archives) have shown a DCP of this alternate ending after the main feature. Because Paramount would not license the footage, the 2015 Blu-Ray release by Olive Films doesn't include either the alternate ending or the theatrical trailer. See more »

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Amazing suspense-filled film.
23 September 2005 | by tr-39See all my reviews

I don't know how other's comments on awful acting can be justified. On the two occasions that I saw this film on television I found it gripping. The emotion that the girl shows in the film is clearly meant to be shock and not bad acting - only in over the top Hollywood acting do women get completely taken over by hysteria for the majority of the film.

This is not a standard horror or action film and the tension builds as the nature of the film changes from observance of a scientific study, to the observance of several disasters, to a chilling conclusion.

Those who want a cerebral, plot and dialogue based, tense and suspense-filled thriller will probably love this film. For those who find this isn't their cup of Tea - I hope you enjoy watching Freddy Vs Jason.


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