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In Search of Ancient Astronauts (1973)

An edited version of the 1970 German documentary "Erinnerungen an die Zukunft" (Chariots of the Gods), this examines the theory that aliens have landed on Earth in ancient times and were ... See full summary »

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Harald Reinl

Writers:

Erich von Däniken (book), Don Ringe (narration)
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Rod Serling ... Narrator
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Wernher von Braun ... Himself
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An edited version of the 1970 German documentary "Erinnerungen an die Zukunft" (Chariots of the Gods), this examines the theory that aliens have landed on Earth in ancient times and were responsible for many of mankind's oldest mysteries. Written by Anonymous

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USA | West Germany

Language:

English

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5 January 1973 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Debate the Facts But It's Entertaining
3 August 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

In Search of Ancient Astronauts (1973)

*** (out of 4)

Before Leonard Nimoy took over the narration duties for the In Search Of.. series, there were two television specials with Rod Serling doing the talking. This first special takes a look at how humans got started on the Earth. The theory being discussed here is whether or not "ancient astronauts" came to Earth and started civilization.

We could debate how much "truth" or "fiction" is here but to me that's rather pointless. There are countless documentaries out there that take a look at alien life, Bigfoot and various other monsters and the point of them is to keep you entertained as well as make you think one way or another. This film does both and for the most part it kept me entertained throughout its running time. There certainly wasn't anything ground-breaking here but it was entertaining and Serling did a nice job with the narration.


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