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Fred Schepisi (1984)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Two of Universal's most successful pictures are recalled in this fascinating sci-fi outing. With an opening that echoes Frankenstein and a plotline reminiscent of ET, director Fred Schepisi's film couldn't have much better role models. While its subject matter is hardly new, the approach is refreshingly intelligent. John Lone gives a remarkable performance here as the primitive man rescued from a 40,000-year incarceration in a block of ice, registering fear, bewilderment, trust and curiosity with shifts of expression so subtle they cannot fail to convince. As the scientists monitoring his progress, Timothy Hutton and Lindsay Crouse also underplay to good effect.


Sci-fi thriller about a team of oil-drillers who find the frozen body of a prehistoric man in the Arctic and defrost him - but are divided in what to do with him once he's out of the ice. Timothy Hutton, Lindsay Crouse, Josef Sommer and John Lone star.

Cast & Crew

Dr Stanley Shephard Timothy Hutton
Dr Diane Brady Lindsay Crouse
Charlie John Lone
Whitman Josef Sommer
Dr Singe David Strathairn
Dr Vermeil Philip Akin
Loomis Danny Glover
Mabel Amelia Hall
Hogan Richard Monette
Maynard James Tolkan
Director Fred Schepisi
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: Available on video


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