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At the Earth's Core (1976)

A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen.

Director:

Kevin Connor

Writers:

Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel), Milton Subotsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doug McClure ... David Innes
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Abner Perry
Caroline Munro ... Dia
Cy Grant Cy Grant ... Ra
Godfrey James Godfrey James ... Ghak
Sean Lynch Sean Lynch ... Hoojah
Keith Barron ... Dowsett
Helen Gill Helen Gill ... Maisie
Anthony Verner Anthony Verner ... Gadsby
Robert Gillespie ... Photographer
Michael Crane Michael Crane ... Jubal
Bobby Parr Bobby Parr ... Sagoth Chief
Andee Cromarty Andee Cromarty ... Girl Slave
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Storyline

A Victorian scientist and his young American backer set off in their new earth-boring machine with a short test on a Welsh mountain. Unfortunately the thing is rather more powerful than expected and they end up in an enormous cavern at the centre of the earth. Here they find a race of humans enslaved to evil oversized prehistoric birds with extra-sensory abilities. The travellers decide they can be some help, the more so as at least one of the slaves is very eye-catching. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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SEE: The giant BOS, lizard-like behemoths with poison fangs. See more »


Certificate:

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Official Sites:

MGM Studios [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actor/stuntman Bobby Parr lost a finger during a fight sequence with Doug McClure that went wrong. See more »

Goofs

When David and Perry escape from the Mahar city and find Dia threatened by a fire breathing creature, David attempts to protect Dia by putting himself between her and the creature. In a matter of a minute or so Perry miraculously shoots the creature with a bow and several arrows, with no explanation where they came from. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Abner Perry: Slowly does it, Mr. Evans!
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Total B-Movie delight. Watch it and be amused.
24 December 2002 | by Rob_TaylorSee all my reviews

Hi! I'm Doug McClure. You may remember me from such other cheesy adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs works as, The Land that Time Forgot and The People that Time Forgot.

This movie is hysterical. Even allowing when it was made, the monsters are just bad, bad, bad, bad, bad! All rubber suited things with people inside. There's even a fire-breathing beastie, but don't look at it's mouth too close or you'll see the flame-thrower nozzle poking out. Couple that with Peter Cushing's wonderfully useless "old professor" routine and Doug's stoic hero performance and you'll laugh the whole way through. Carolyn Monroe plays Dougies love interest, though I did wonder where she got cosmetics from, living deep in the Earth. Perhaps the Avon lady calls there.

The flying monsters at the end are particularly silly. They have all the aerodynamic properties (and believability) of a concrete block. Just a bunch of fat blokes in rubber suits. All they do is sit on a ledge and hypnotise people. It's only when that fails, or it's feeding time, that they "swoop" down to attack. And when I say swoop, I mean someone prods the rubber thingy in the back and it swings down on a cable.

Total B-Movie delight. Watch it and be amused. Be very amused.


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