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Quatermass and the Pit

  • Drama
  • 1967
  • Roy Ward Baker
  • 93 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Builders working on a London Underground extension unearth what they think is an unexploded bomb. When renowned scientist Bernard Quartermaster investigates, he discovers something far deadlier - an ancient spaceship containing the remains of insect-like aliens, whose psychic abilities still represent a deadly threat to the human race. Sci-fi horror based on the classic TV series, starring Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, James Donald and Julian Glover.

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Review

Rating: 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Matthew RoneyJames Donald
Professor Bernard Quatermass Andrew Keir
Barbara Judd Barbara Shelley
Colonel BreenJulian Glover
SladdenDuncan Lamont
Captain PotterBryan Marshall
HowellPeter Copley

Crew

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DirectorRoy Ward Baker

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2012-06-29
Language
English
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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