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One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Cast: Raquel Welch, Raquel Welch, John Richardson, more...
Director: Don Chaffey, Don Chaffey
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Cult, Foreign, Adventure, Studios, Hammer, Fantasy, UK
Running Time: 91 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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This film was advertised with the slogan "See Raquel Welch In Mankind's First Bikini!" While archeologists tell us humans did not live at the same time as dinosaurs, and our prehistoric ancestors probably didn't look much like Ms. Welch and her co-stars, One Million Years B.C. is a good bit more fun than more scientifically accurate portrait of the era might have been. Tumak (John Richardson) of the Rock People is exiled from his tribe after a fight with his father, and after days of endless wandering is in sad shape before he's taken in by the more peaceable Shell People. He attracts the attention of well-proportioned cave woman Loana (Raquel Welch), but once again finds himself a man without a country after his violent nature alienates the Shell People. Along with Raquel (whose character is remarkably well-groomed given the time period), this movie's greatest selling point are the special effects; legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen created a dazzling collection of prehistoric creatures for this film that still look impressive, even in the more sophisticated era of computer generated imaging technology. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Visual presence of Raquel Welch makes up for a lot by bigredape April 9, 2005 - 3:56 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Starts off a bit slow and C-movie-ish. If you can get beyond the incongruous dinosaurs, the rather well fed cavemen, and the studio quality cave lighting, the movie per se seems to be making a Lord-of-the-Flies/Godzilla type statement about mankind in the nuclear age. And even if they had made this movie in a parallel universe, without Ms. Welch, it might be worth watching on a slow day.

But in this universe it was made with Ms. Welch, and her stunning visual presence in a loincloth bikini makes up for a lot of shortcomings. It is a shame that they had to make this DVD from a copy of the movie, not the (lost) master, but it is still worth an evening.

I rated this an 8, not a 9, due to the technical artefacts of the film copy itself.

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