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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 (based upon the novel by), 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 ... 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:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Box Office

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

The film opened on Edgar Rice Burroughs's birthday, 1 Sep, in theaters and drive-ins throughout Southern California. 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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Masterpiece of the Z grade fantasy genre.
26 September 2009 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

I'm serious as well, I mean don't get me wrong, if you haven't got a bent for this type of Z grade, creaky creature feature (why would you be watching is my first thought?) then it's most likely a rating of about 4 to 5 out of 10 tops, but to me it's a special kind of nonsense that takes me back to a nice time in my childhood. You know the kind, where the memories have never left you. Eagerly taking it all in with youthful wonderment as Doug McClure and Peter Cushing tunnel beneath the mantle to do battle with a host of creatures and sub-human species. And guys! Now we are all grown up we can admire most seriously at the wonder of Caroline Munro and her heaving cleavage. No wonder my older brother was keen to take me to the cinema to see this one!

Yes the effects are bad, men in suits, strings pinging parrot monsters around and exploding rubber frog like thingies amuse us greatly. And yes, Cushing and a surprisingly pudgy McClure (wearing bell bottomed flared trousers) act as if they have truly been mesmerised by the evil Meyhas at the "core" of our film. But it matters not, zany and clunky and awash in glorious colour, At The Earth's Core is a throwback to a special pre ILM time when kids like me queued around the block to see such joyous nonsense. 8/10


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