Quatermass and the Pit

  • 12
  • Roy Ward Baker (1967)
  • UK
  • 93 min
Quatermass and the Pit
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This is the most popular of the movies taken from Nigel Kneale's acclaimed BBC TV serial. Although the Deluxe Color dissipates some of the atmosphere and mystery, the story of the Martian spaceship uncovered in a London Tube station retains much of its intrigue and sense of disquiet thanks to Roy Ward Baker's careful direction and special effects that never attempt to exceed their technical or budgetary limitations. As well as providing a generous helping of shocks, Kneale's script gives his complex themes and theories plenty of space, and both action and argument are neatly judged by leads Andrew Keir, James Donald and Hammer favourite Barbara Shelley.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction thriller starring Andrew Keir and Barbara Shelley. During work on the London Underground system, a strange object is unearthed. At first experts believe it is an unexploded Second World War bomb, but closer investigation reveals that it is something far more sinister.

Cast and crew


Dr Matthew Roney
James Donald
Professor Bernard Quatermass
Andrew Keir
Barbara Judd
Barbara Shelley
Colonel Breen
Julian Glover
Duncan Lamont
Captain Potter
Bryan Marshall
Peter Copley


Roy Ward Baker

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Studio Canal
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 29 Jun 2012
Certificate 12
Optimum Releasing