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At the Earth's Core (1976)

PG | | Adventure, Fantasy | July 1976 (USA)
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.

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Complete credited cast:
... David Innes
... Dr. Abner Perry
... Dia
Cy Grant ... Ra
Godfrey James ... Ghak
Sean Lynch ... Hoojah
... Dowsett
Helen Gill ... Maisie
Anthony Verner ... Gadsby
... Photographer
Michael Crane ... Jubal
Bobby Parr ... Sagoth Chief
Andee Cromarty ... Girl Slave
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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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July 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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The film opened on Edgar Rice Burroughs's birthday, 1 Sep, in theaters and drive-ins throughout Southern California. See more »

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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 »

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[first lines]
Dr. Abner Perry: Slowly does it, Mr. Evans!
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Sure, it's cheap but it's FUN!
10 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

The main criticism of AT THE EARTH'S CORE is that it's cheap, the special effects are bad and so on and so forth. Yes, some of the special effects are painfully bad but what a lot of folks overlook about it is that it's actually quite fun, which is very important in my book.

In comparison, just look at the latest STAR WARS films: they have the latest, greatest special effects created by the latest technological advances which are capable in creating stunning visual effects as far reaching as the human imagination can imagine and yet, with all the razzle dazzle, those films were as exciting as a funeral. As Yoda would say, Fun they're not! In other words, who cares if the FX aren't the greatest when the spirit of the film is fast-paced, humorous and clearly set on the side of action. I love everything about AT THE EARTH'S CORE: the contrast between stodgy Victorian England VS the wild other-worldly, colorful setting of Pellucidar, the cast of characters, the concept of a lost underground world, the telepathic Pterodactyls, the human slaves rebelling, Jubal the ugly one (lol!), the inspired teaming of Peter Cushing (who's great!) and Doug McClure, the excellent music (it's really good), cinematography by the amazing Alan Hume and last but not least, Caroline Munro. She's effing sexy in this movie. One of the sexiest B-movie babes ever captured on screen.

Seriously, anyone who doesn't like this movie doesn't know what fun is. Gimme AT THE EARTH'S CORE over any turgid STAR WARS prequels any time! At least it has Caroline Munro, which no CGI fx can ever recreate.


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