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10/10
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
steven-22218 March 2011
Take off your cultural blinders...the one you put on when you watch a "trashy" movie...and think about what you are actually experiencing as you watch this movie. Is it merely a "trash" entertainment? To be sure, Raquel Welch in her furkini, the now quaint quality of the Harryhausen effects, the girl fight between Raquel and Martine Beswick, all provide the frisson of "trash" delight. But this movie is much more than that, a tour de force of imagination, and a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. The vision of man adrift in a hostile universe, at odds with his fellow creatures, his own untamed emotions, and the apocalyptic earth itself, is haunting and beautiful. Our only hope is Raquel, who offers a transcendent vision of peace and love--without uttering a word.

Special kudos to the music. Where the special effects strain against their limits, as in the terrifying pterodactyl attack and the final upheaval, the music carries home the emotion. I am reminded of Schopenhauer: "The internal relation that music has to the true nature of all things can also explain the fact that, when music suitable to any scene, action, event, or environment is played, it seems to disclose to us its utmost secret meaning and appears to be the most accurate and distinct commentary on it." In a film where words matter so little, the music is especially crucial. As you watch the pterodactyl snatch Raquel and carry her off to feed its young while the other humans watch in helpless dismay, listen to the music, and think about the "utmost secret meaning" of what you are witnessing. This is an artistic moment of astounding ambition, and there are many such moments throughout this sustained meditation on man and the universe.

A few years later, the same team made Creatures the World Forgot, a more "realistic" look at prehistoric survival sans dinosaurs, with a Cain and Abel story that is riveting...and my god, the cave people are hot!
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Classic prehistoric hokum!
Infofreak24 December 2001
Watching 1970s TV screenings of 'One Million Years BC', the Connery Bond movies, the original 'Planet Of The Apes' and 'The Omega Man' made an enormous impact on my childhood that I don't think I've ever truly recovered from! Looking at it now as an adult you can see how laughably stupid it all is, but you can't help but still love it! The vision of Raquel Welch in her animal skin bikini nearly brought puberty on five years early for me. She's still a sight to see but the charms of Martine Beswick ('Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde', 'A Bullet For The General') are now more to my taste. She's sensational!

The plot, such that it is, concerns Tumak (John Richardson of 'She'), one of the "rock people" who look like spaghetti western refugees and like nothing better than grunting, wearing fur, and beating the crap out of each other. Tumak falls out with his old man and brother, is banished and after some aimless wandering around avoiding dinosaurs (and in one surreal moment a giant tarantula!), he stumbles across the hitherto unknown "shell people". They are blonde surfer types who introduce him to such innovations as improved spears, hot water, painting, crying and feminism. And also to the babelicious Loana (Welch) who takes a shine to him. Tumak still has "attitude problems" and ends up getting banished from their tribe too, but with Loana and a new and improved spear what more can the guy want? Of course he heads straight back to his homies and yes, there's trouble ahead including fraternal friction, a jealous ex (Nupondi, the stunning Beswick), lots of Harryhausen dinosaurs, and exploding volcanos. Does mindless entertainment get any better than this? Hardly ever. Add a cool score from Mario Nascimbene and what you have is a classic piece of unforgettably trashy exploitation.
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Solid-gold
ken-miller18 October 2002
One Million Years B.C. is THE film that made me a movie fan and lover of all things prehistoric! Ray Harryhausen's creatures are great, the music adds superbly to the atmosphere, the location photography looks just right (just ignore the occasional obvious set), and there has never been a better-looking cavegirl than Raquel Welch!

A solid-gold guilty pleasure! Actually, what's there to be guilty about? This film is solid-gold entertainment!
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9/10
Never a dull moment
drmality-11 June 2005
This movie is everything a prehistoric adventure should be. Forget the fact that dinosaurs and man did not co-exist...this is just as much a fantasy as "Jason and the Argonauts" or "Star Wars".

The world of "One Million Years B.C." is insanely brutal, where man is the weakest creature in a harsh landscape of volcanoes and giant monsters. The Rock People have lives that are "nasty, brutish and short", where only the strongest survive. They are dominated by the rugged chief Akoba, whose two sons Tumak and Sakana are in a constant battle to see who will gain his favor. Sakana gains the upper hand and Tumak is banished into the wastelands. After dodging monsters, he finally arrives at the seaside domain of the Shell People, who are more cultured and civilized. He captures the eye of the beautiful Loana and the two have a non-stop series of adventures.

The narrative is direct and primitive, befitting the primeval setting. John Richardson is quite good as Tumak...he is decent but still has a lot of barbarism in him. As for young Raquel Welch, not even the special effects of Ray Harryhausen could outshine her incredible beauty in this film. Even in our own time, gorgeous babes like these are rare...they would be totally impossible in the prehistoric world. The stunning Raquel is pure eye candy and succeeds better in this regard than any other actress in film history. Especially noteworthy is her cat-fight with sultry Martine Beswick, no slouch in the looks department herself.

Ray Harryhausen outdoes himself again with brilliant stop motion dinosaurs. Look at the realistic movements of these creatures, which have not been surpassed by CGI. The ravenous Allosaurus who duels with Tumak is a particular stand-out, but the battling Triceratops and Ceratosaur are also pretty cool. The movie also features the more standard giant lizard dressed up and made huge, but even this scene is better than most of its ilk. An eerie scene featuring ape-men and some colossal earthquake and erupting volcanoes round out an exciting picture.

Don't look for anything really deep in this one. Just expect primitive action with plenty of monsters, battling cavemen and the awesome Raquel Welch. This movie does everything it sets out to do.
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10/10
Sigh. . . .
thesandfly7728 April 2009
It's my childhood formative movie memory.

It's the glorious Raquel running about in a fur bikini. Those legs, that face.

It's a ten. and so's the movie.

Watched it again, now some forty-odd years on and, sentimentality aside, it still remains curiously engrossing. Definitely a strange fish, this slice of dinosaur hokum endures in an intangible way and really, in all honesty, I hope never to put my finger on exactly why.

Just wallow in it's matinée-marvel and it's appeal on many levels, from youthful monster-glee to, ahem, mature appreciation of the 'cast'.
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7/10
Caveman allegory with Raquel Welch, John Richardson, and some really great Ray Harryhausen dinosaurs.
stanhyde31 July 2005
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This movie came out in 1967, a year before 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY . . . but they've always been related in my mind. Maybe it was just the time, maybe you had to be there . . . but back in the late 60's there weren't many big "science fiction" productions . . . or in this case sweeping epics about the past or the future.

One thing the two films share is a lack of dialog . . . in both cases the director's sit back and the actions tell the story. As well both films are happy to display their special effects moments as set pieces . . . "hey, we spent a lot of money on this?!"

Don Chaffey's long cuts and static landscape shots at the beginning of the film are very much like Kubrick's shots of Africa at the start of 2001 . . . and both films are literal and allegorical treatments of evolution as a theme.

Of course, that went with the times. The late 60's were a point where the evolution of society was a focal point of culture in general . . . both the Star Child and Miss Welch in her iconic bearskin bikini became the late 60's poster children for mankind's evolution.

Interestingly, though Ray Harryhausen did the special effects for ONE MILLION YEARS BC, the film isn't at all like a Harryhausen film, nor is it much like the films of it's production company Hammer Films (except perhaps for the two sequels WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH, and CREATURES THE WORLD FORGOT.)

Hammer - with Harryhausen's involvement - had been interested in remaking KING KONG, but in the late 1960's RKO's rights to the Kong character were shared among Universal and Toho (KING KONG VS GODZILLA) and Rankin- Bass (the cartoon Kong which served as a basis for the Toho film KING KONG ESCAPES.)

In fact, right at the time that Hammer would have been inquiring, Toho would have been working on preproduction of a film in which King Kong met Mothra and battled a giant shrimp (Ebirah) in the South Seas. (That film mutated, Godzilla replaced KING KONG, and it became GODZILLA VS EBIRAH aka GODZILLA VS THE SEA MONSTER.)

So Hammer moved on to a remake of the Hal Roach 1(no YEARS) MILLION BC.

With it's lingering shots of vast landscapes, and the very Italian score by Mario Nascembe(with the percussion and use of a chorus it could almost be Ennio Morricone . . .), the film is pretty much unique in Hammer's oeuvre . . . and with it's focus on sex (well, possession at least) and violence in a harsh landscape of sharp desert light or fire lit darkness, it's pretty unique as a Harryhausen picture too.

Opinions about the film really depend on the point-of-view you adopt (again like 2001). Those who like their acting to be dialog driven complain about the acting, but actually everyone puts in a good performance here and I have no doubt that beautiful Napondi (Martine Beswicke) wouldn't think twice about impaling Luana (Raquel Welch) with that antelope horn she wields.

It's been speculated that the schedule was tough for Harryhausen, resulting in a scene with a photo-optically enlarged Iguana and Tarantula . . . although Harryhausen says the producers wanted those sequences added. (If you look closely you'll see a giant cricket in the scene with the Tarantula, probably the first giant cricket until 2005's KING KONG with it's herd of killer wetas, and doubtlessly in their to excite the Tarantual into a "performance.)

The fact that publicity photos show a battle between cavemen and a brontosaurus that never happens in the film probably backs up the story that the schedule was too short for Harryhausen.

Nevertheless, the stop motion on view is excellent . . . except for the Brontosaurus who looks about the size of Godzilla. The pacing and animation in the battle with the giant turtle Archelon is excellent, and most people just accept the turtle as real. The Allosaurus attack . . .possibly one of Harryhausen's most exciting sequences ever . . . is terrific. In many ways it holds up even today as a model of the integration of live action and special effects The classic Triceratops battle is interesting for utilizing a Ceratosaurus instead of Tyrannosaurus . . . but with our two heroes in the classic "trapped in a cave" position it's a bit static. However the Pterodactyl scenes, and the big volcano and earthquake finish are pretty riveting.

All in all, ONE MILLION YEARS BC is still a lot of fun if your in the right mood. Again, like 2001, the message seems to be that we can evolve and get better . . . but ultimately just as the monolith transforming Dave makes the standoff between Russians and Americans on the moon a non-issue, the battle between the Rock and the Sand tribe becomes . . . well . . . pretty irrelevant when the forces of nature - Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes - make mankind's aspirations tiny in comparison.

The film has been restored twice in the last decade, and the recent 20th Century Fox DVD has comparisons of the work done (the original negative was lost). The European version clocks in at 100 minutes . . . and most people say that it is an improvement, with more character scenes and a different order of sequences at the beginning of the film. The Fox version is the North American release version that is 91 minutes long. Spanish and English trailers on the DVD seem to be identical, with the narrator simply translated into Spanish.

Ultimately, any dinosaur or monster fan, fan of Ray Harryhausen's work, or fan of "Hammer glamor" is going to want to own this film.
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10/10
B(e)C(ause) of various factors
lee_eisenberg6 August 2006
OK, having seen many movies about the Stone Age, we should know that the men were all buff dudes, and the women were all buxom babes. That's certainly the case here. Obviously, no part of "One Million Years B.C." really makes sense - humans and dinosaurs never existed contemporaneously - but that doesn't matter. The movie was intended as entertainment, and it's very enjoyable. Maybe that's just because we get to see Raquel Welch in a bikini, but the dinosaurs are also pretty cool. The movie makes us nostalgic for the era, even though we never experienced it.

So, it's brain candy to the max, and it doesn't pretend to be anything else. You're sure to like it, if only for the thought of Raquel Welch dressed like that.
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9/10
Hammer, Harryhausen and Dinos, A Great Combination!
ClassixFan8 April 2006
How can fans of sci-fi/fantasy not enjoy this 1966 effort from Hammer Studios? You have the wonderful effects of the master, Ray Harryhausen and a decent enough story, oh and dinos! The Region 2 DVD is definitely the disc to get, as it is the complete version of the film and it has a couple of nice interviews with Raquel Welch and Ray Harryhausen. I love what Harryhausen had to say about complaints about inaccuracy with putting man and dinos together on the screen. It's not meant to be a scientific story, it's meant to entertain and entertain it does! Watch as Tumak (of the Rock People) and Loana (of the Shell People) forge a shaky relationship and possibly bring their two tribes of people together. Along the way they battle a huge sea turtle, Allosaurus, Pteradon and other wild beasties of the day. If you love dinos and films meant to be nothing more than fun entertainment, chances are, you'll enjoy this Hammer Studios effort.
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6/10
She'll never live it down...
moonspinner5521 July 2002
Raquel Welch's later, more solid acting performances will never erase our memories of this dinosaur-epic wherein she runs around in full cavegirl regalia. Then again, she may not want them to. Time has been surprisingly kind to this reworking of 1940's "One Million B.C." The special effects are very good, the wilds of prehistoric nature are often excitingly, colorfully captured, and handsome John Richardson is charismatic as a caveman who, along with Welch, ditches his tribe to set out on a personal journey. Yes, it's Raquel in a fur-bikini that most people will remember, but a good time is had by all. **1/2 from ****
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10/10
Stone Age Wonder
retrorocketx5 December 2008
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Those looking for films that deal realistically with prehistory need to look elsewhere. One Million Years BC is a fantasy movie. The creators of this film borrowed creatures and cultural elements willy-nilly from any epoch in earth's history that served their purpose, made up a few of their own elements, tossed them into a cooking pot, stirred, simmered and added seasoning. The final result is an impressive dish. In my opinion, it is the best caveman film ever made.

The stark, hostile landscape, the sweeping and lonely vistas, the haunting music punctuated with tribal rattle sounds, combine to create an amazing prehistoric setting. This is a dark and violent setting. Mankind is portrayed as struggling to survive in a world of bloody fangs and destructive elemental powers. You feel this savage primeval world come alive as you watch the movie. Can humanity emerge from such a savage and hostile world? Two cultures are presented, a cave dwelling, dark-haired, violent and bloodthirsty Rock Tribe, and the more settled, blond-haired, and sophisticated Shell Tribe. Both cultures are flawed and seem to be slowly dying out. Two characters, Tumac from the Rock Tribe, and Luana from the Shell Tribe come together in a romance so powerful it will catalyze the transformation of both cultures. A simple series of grunts and monosyllabic sounds are the only dialog in the movie. Both of the tribes are well presented, and offer interesting contrasts in terms of how they solve problems, and how they live in the world.

The dinosaurs are fabulous. Not only in how they look, but in what they do. Several scenes stand out as exceptional uses of monsters in storytelling. The attack on Shell village by the young allosaurus is vivid, terrifying and powerful. Tumac fights the allosaurus and affirms his humanity by saving a young child. The pteronodon swooping down on the lakeshore and carrying off Luana (seemingly to feed her to its young) is a cruel and haunting scene. The battle between ceratosaurus and triceratops is a brilliantly choreographed dinosaur fight...I could go on and on.

The movie is unrelenting in presenting us with a brutal and uncompromising primordial world. The warthog hunt, the goat hunt, the cat-fight, the men-apes, Tumac learning to laugh - these scenes show us plenty of raw, untamed emotions, and they serve to deepen and embellish both character and setting. And what savage characters! Rachel Welch is a movie poster icon because of this movie. Sure she looks great, but along the way she convincingly portrays a strong and courageous cavewoman. And John Richardson is excellent as Tumac - brutal, smart, adaptable, and a true hero because he fights for what is human even as he discovers what being human is all about. The secondary characters are all excellent and convincing.

From start to finish, this movie delivers. A movie like One Million Years BC may not appeal to everyone. But it is the pinnacle of fabulous Stone Age drama. It rocks!
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6/10
Colorful story set in prehistoric world with dinosaurs and a gorgeous Raquel Welch
ma-cortes3 December 2010
This deals about the struggle of primitive cavemen and their battle against prehistoric monsters and other creatures . It's a remake of the 1940 movie by Hal Roach with Victor Mature , Carole Landis and Lon Chaney Jr . It starts with a prologue that tells you all you want to know about this "brutal world¨. This is a story of a long , long ago when the world was just beginning. A young world , a world early in the morning of time . A hard , unfriendly world with creatures that sit and wait , creatures that must kill to live. And man , superior to the creatures only in his cunning . There aren't many men , a few tribes scattered across the wilderness . Never venturing far , unaware that other tribes exist even , too busy with their own lives to be curious . Too frightened of the unknown to wander . Their laws are simple , the strong take everything . A chief named Akoba (Robert Brown) is leader of the Rock tribe . And his sons are named Tumak(John Richardson) and Sakana (Percy Herbert) from the tribe of the Brunettes. There is no love between them and confrontation emerges . Tumak meets a cave woman (Raquel Welch) from the tribe of the Blondes , both of whom trying to make a life for themselves and take on rival clan , subhuman, cannibalistic tribes and volcanoes on its ending in an earth-splitting volcanic eruption .

This classic Hammer -in its 100th movie- and Seven Arts production is a stupendous story of adventure , thrills and romance. The tale provides sweeping and exciting entertainment . The action scenes blend creatures and humans more seamlessly than ever before in cinema and has some nice battles between prehistoric animals . Surviving Brontosaurs, Triceratops, Dinosaurs ,Alosaurs, Pterodactyls are the true stars , rise to the occasion to amuse in an otherwise slow movie. The fantastic beasts look superb and are stunningly made by expert craftsmen as the spectacular special effects include dinosaurs , fighting between Tiranosaurius Rex and Triceratops , a giant turtle ,along with some superimposed iguanas, all of them are made by technician-artist Ray Harryhausen. As warns the movie the characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the names character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional . Produced and written by Michael Carreras adapted from an original screenplay by George Baker . Wonderful cinematography in glimmer color DeLuxe by Wilkie Cooper filmed on location in Lanzarote , Island Canarias (Spain) . Exciting music and special musical effects composed by Mario Nascimbene with usual musical supervisor Philip Martell ; furthermore rare sounds by Roy Baker . The motion picture is professionally directed by Don Chaffey . Rating : Good and unforgettable for famous fur-trimmed bikini clad that you'll always remember .
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Stop motion animation and the Lady Schick.
yenlo16 October 2000
Ray Harryhausens work is unparalleled and is once again to be admired in this film. I was intrigued that the first thing hygiene wise that humans (at least women) must have come up with was shaving. The females in this movie are all clean shaven in places where women traditionally have kept themselves clean shaven. The men obviously weren't going to learn this art until some time later. Nonetheless this motion picture is one of those that never gets tired with repeated viewings.
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8/10
Enjoyable romp among the dinosaurs
haz2216 March 2006
OK, don't go to see this film if you are of the serious, straight-laced, humourless kind. If you are the sort likely to complain about human not co-existing with dinosaurs, this is not your kind of film. This is the sort of film best enjoyed leaving your brain behind - the plot is stupid, the acting practically non-existent, but hey, what an enjoyable romp it is. Raquel Welch is simply unsurpassed as a cave-woman in her best caveman-designed swimsuit. And whatever that may be said about it, the animation of the dinosaurs still looks good. So go gasp at the giant turtle, be amazed at the battle between the dinosaurs, cheer at the cat-fight between the cave-women.

Have a fun time.
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8/10
Harryhausen at his best.
jerekra5 September 2008
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One million years b.c. It really is probably the best movie I have seen in which all of the dialogue is undecipherable(hope I spelled that word right.)

It starts off with a tribe of cavemen known as the rock tribe. They are pretty brutal and ruthless. During a fight over food one of the clan, Tumak, is kicked out of the tribe. Tumak goes off on a stretch walk and eventually passes out on the beach. He is rescued by another tribe known as the shell tribe. The shell tribe I like a lot better because they are more civilized and peaceful, not to mention many of their women are really hot. Tumak makes friends with the hottest female of the group, Luanna. He then proves his worth by saving the tribe from an Allosaurus. But Tumak gets in a scuffle with another member of the tribe and kills him accidentally. Tumak is forced to leave and luckily for him Luanna goes with him. Soon Tumak runs into his old tribe again.

The story really is not hard to follow. It is your basic guy looking for belonging after being kicked out of one caveman tribe, joins another tribe and then must leave again. SOmetimes you can tell what the characters in this film are trying to say to each other, but it is caveman talk.

Ray Harryhausen is at his best in this film. THe dinosaurs and other creatures he puts in look amazing. True the first creature to show up is a giant iguana that is just a normal iguana made to look bigger. I think they did this to pay respect to the original 1000000 years b.c. But later you get to see a giant turtle, pteranadon, brontosaurus, and an epic battle between a ceratosaurus and a triceratops. My favorite dinosaur was always the Allosaurus so I loved the scene where the Allosaurus attacked the shell tribe. That is easily the best part of the entire film. Harryhausen was a great special effects artist. There are very few who were as good at the trade as he was.

Other things I enjoyed watching belonged to Raquel Welch. She is stunningly beautiful and a major reason that this film has endured and the picture of her in the fur bikini is so famous.

So this is a very good film, better than its sequel "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth". THe dinosaurs, women, and story are great. The caveman language makes it hard at times to understand what is going on but I give the director credit for being creative. Go and see this movie, it is entertaining in many ways.
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7/10
The first classic about prehistory
afonsobritofalves12 September 2018
Despite being historically incorrect and having very bad special effects (mainly the iguana scene and the african wild boar scene), I find the film quite interesting, with a perfect stop-motian and action scenes, drama and quite good survival. Highly recommend.
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7/10
Harryhausen and Raquel
robert375021 April 2018
Gotta love Ray Harryhausen's animated dinosaurs, although I was disappointed that the first one shown is just a blown up lizard. The other major attraction is Raquel. The instant she's on screen, the reaction is Holy Moly!! I was all of 11 when I first saw this movie, and I truly believe she helped bring about the onset of puberty. Whatta body! I watched it again last night, and I appreciate how she looked as much as ever. Goofy, unscientific caveman fun.
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8/10
Prehistoric fun with Hammer and Raquel Welch.
Hey_Sweden7 May 2017
Studly John Richardson plays a caveman named Tumak during the early days of man. He ends up banished from his own tribe (the "rock people"), after a falling out with his father *and* brother. After some wandering, he is attracted to a more peaceable tribe known as the "shell people", in particular a vivacious bikini wearing babe named Loana (Raquel Welch). Winning her favor will be only one of his problems, as he wears out his welcome with the shell people as well, and there are always dinosaurs and other animals to avoid.

I'm sure some viewers will go in expecting a good time given the ingredients: super sexy Welch in the role that made her a superstar, typically solid production values from Britains' legendary Hammer Studios, and an abundance of dinosaurs created by stop motion master Ray Harryhausen. The film offers good fun, and even a little social commentary along the way. (Tumak learns the appeal of feminism from the shell people.) Shot on various locations in Spain as well as at Elstree Studios in England, there's pretty scenery in addition to the pretty gals on hand. Mario Nascimbene provides the soaring music score and the striking "musical effects". Harryhausen does typically amazing work with his creations, although they're supplemented by a little bit of the traditional method of making ordinary animals (an iguana, a tarantula) look massive through trick photography. Some of the special effects may show their age, but doubtless some viewers will still prefer this sort of thing to the digital FX that would be rendered nowadays.

The performances are as engaging as any portrayals of primitive people could be. Richardson is a strapping hero, but Welch is required to do little more than look good. (Hey, not that anybody's complaining here!) Co-starring are sultry cult icon Martine Beswicke ("Prehistoric Women"), who has a memorable catfight with Raquel, Percy Herbert ("Man in the Wilderness"), and Robert Brown (best known for playing M in the James Bond adventures of the 1980s).

A remake of the 1940 feature "One Million B.C.", this is suitably rousing entertainment with a truly exciting final reel.

Eight out of 10.
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9/10
Miss Welch in mankind's first two piece bikini, that too made outta deer skin.
Fella_shibby21 August 2016
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I saw this in the mid 80s on a VHS. Saw few years back on a pirated DVD. This film has a bare story line, no dialogue other than caveman grunts and groans, a lil slow but exciting and brutally violent, and sometimes laughable pre historic survival movie. The best part of the movie (including Miss Welch) are the creatures. Other than a few real life things blown up in size, they are brilliant. Harryhausen just knows how to make creatures. This is a cult classic, entertaining showcase for Harryhausen's skills, and has enough action. The movie has a giant iguana, ape men, Brontosaurus, a giant spider, Archelon, Allosaurus, Ceratosaurus, a Triceratops, Pteranodon n Rhamphorhynchus. Audience get to see miss Welch in a two-piece deer skin bikini. Mankind's first bikini.
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7/10
Cavewomen were stunning apparently.
mch-2414 August 2010
One thing that newcomers to Hammer need to appreciate is that many of their films are low-budget, and kitsch, and One Million Years B.C scores high on the cheese-factor even by Hammer's yardstick. The film's tagline is laughably off-target – "This is the way it was!" – I am almost positive cavewomen didn't have immaculately coiffured hair, push-up loincloth bras, eyeliner, and waxed legs, while their primitive menfolk did battle with dinosaurs that scientifically speaking died out many millions of years earlier. Needless to say, a willing suspension of disbelief is a prerequisite to enjoyment of this movie.

Inappropriate marketing aside, if you can get past these hurdles, B.C is an entertaining, if mindless, action movie, and one which is elevated to ongoing cult status thanks to 2 main factors - Raquel Welch and Ray Harryhausen.

Even if you have never heard of this film, chances are at some point you have been exposed to "that picture". Raquel Welch is THE reason this film's cult following is 95% male, and seeing her in her loincloth bikini is quite honestly a sight to behold. Fleeing from giant dinosaurs, and fighting with cavewomen, this role in a low-budget British monster movie is the one that put her on the map and created one of the greatest sex symbols ever to light up the silver screen.

Only just losing out to Raquel Welch as the star of the show, are the creatures themselves. Animated by the inimitable, legendary Ray Harryhausen (as far as I know the only special effects guru to become a household name in his own right) the creatures are brilliantly realised, and integrated seamlessly with the live-action elements. Aside from Jason and the Argonauts, and Clash of the Titans, this is some of his best work – the Allosaur attack on the shell-people's village being a real technical accomplishment and highlight of the film. The results are slightly marred though by the the integration of real animals, shot and superimposed to look massive. An early attack from a giant, half-asleep looking iguana is hardly menacing, nor is a (thankfully very brief) appearance by a gigantic tarantula that is trying to eat an equally gigantic cricket. These negative moments are forgotten though when Harryhausen's flawless stop-motion takes center stage, bringing us the iconic triceratops fight amongst other great set-pieces.

Thanks to the jaw-dropping "talents" of Raquel Welch, the rest of the cast are pretty expendable. Even main star John Richardson's character of Tumak could have been played by a monkey in a spacesuit when Welch was on screen, no-one would have noticed. Everyone plays as well as they need to though, given the grunt-riddled, running-away-from-an-imaginary-monster screenplay. The storyline is simplistic, (primitive man learns tolerance and civility) and is basically a thinly veiled cover for a series of awesome action set-pieces and monster vs human battle sequences, and a vehicle for the scantily clad Raquel Welch to run around getting sweaty and dirty, which can only be considered a bonus.

In summary, leave your brain at the door and you are likely to have a great time. This is a cult classic; a camp, entertaining showcase for Harryhausen's skills, and while shallow, has enough action and sex-appeal to please the average testosterone-laden viewer. Worth watching for Raquel Welch's magnetic presence alone.
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6/10
a well-done and underrated remake with fantastic Ray Harryhausen creatures
TheUnknown837-13 October 2007
Both "One Million B.C." (1940), and this film, a remake, "One Million Years B.C." (1966) are films that are half-cherished and half-despised. They are what are classified as camp classics and I agree that both of them are exactly like that. They are both about equal in entertainment quality, but they must not be taken too seriously. Like I've stated in my review of the original "One Million B.C.", dinosaurs and caveman did not live in the same time period. They never knew of each other. But "One Million Years B.C." is a fantasy movie. It takes place in an imaginary world. And it must be treated exactly as it is: a fantasy.

"One Million Years B.C." is just as good, if not better, than the original film upon which it was based. It follows the same basic storyline and the same kind of plot. It's basically an ancient love story to perhaps explore the possible emotions of our ancestors. And then to add some campy, but innovative action to heighten the entertainment value. The film stars Raquel Welch, who in her fur bikini, is undoubtedly the most famous feature of the film. The poster shot of Raquel from this film is more famous than the film itself. And she is stunningly beautiful on screen. Also not all that bad in performance. John Richardson is a great equivalent to Victor Mature from the original and in my opinion, Richardson has a more convincing appearance and performance as a strong and bold warrior. And the rest of the entire cast is just more actors and actresses dressed in fur clothing and wearing makeup to enhance the appearance of an ancient race.

After Raquel Welch, the most famous feature of "One Million Years B.C." is the stop-motion dinosaurs created by the famous and brilliant effects artist Ray Harryhausen. Here, he is at his peak. It was animating dinosaurs in his youth when he began to learn to perform the art, so bringing them onto the screen was always right in his territory. The film features several dinosaurs, not enough in my opinion, I would have liked to have seen two or three more, but enough. All of whom are realistically created after hours and hours of hard work. And the dinosaurs are much more convincing than the people in rubber suits and giant lizards from the original. There is one graphically enlarged lizard in the film, however, and it turned out more comical than frightening with its hissing sounds and its slurping tongue. But not a bad effect or idea, nonetheless. The other dinosaurs, particularly the fearsome Allosaurus, are magnificently done. They even utilize the breathing mechanisms to make it appear as if the animals are actually breathing. And while stop-motion animation may seem obsolete now days, back in its day, it was the most convincing special effect in Hollywood. And it still remains to this day as a magical and popular animation technique.

Aside from the dinosaurs, the other special effects were acceptable for their time. There were a few moments where I could tell that the cave wall that two cavemen are shoving each other into was really made out of rubber. And a few other shots weren't perfect either, but nothing to get picky about. It is, after all, a 60s film.

Bottom line, "One Million Years B.C." is a very fine film and is very entertaining and satisfying if you just simply treat it as a non-serious fantasy film, which it is. Just sit back, enough the sight of Raquel Welch's stunning beauty, the magnificent Mario Nascimbene music score in the background, fine performances by the cast, wonderful stop-motion dinosaurs, and a great camp classic.
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10/10
Superior Remake
darius_m_klein23 August 2008
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"One Million Years B.C." is arguably the best caveman movie ever made, and one of the best films in special effects artist Ray Harryhausen's oeuvres. It is one of the few examples of the remake surpassing the original. Mr. Harryhausen's stop-motion dinosaurs are the highlight and real star of the film (yes, more so than Ms. Welch's famous bosom), and are a big aesthetic improvement over the original's (somewhat notorious) usage of real animals with glued-on frills and horns. The allosaurus raid on the Shell People's village and the abduction of Loana by the pteranodon are justifiably considered as high-water marks in the history of palaeo-cinema. And there are other aspects of the production which are also outstanding. The filmmakers made excellent use of their locations to create a forbidding, bleak, but also beautiful primordial world - a perfect backdrop for a story that heavily features human savagery and brutality. Welch and co-star John Richardson manage to emote effectively within the context of their proto-verbal characters, and generate some real screen chemistry. *SPOILER* The climactic volcanic eruption is quite well done - frighteningly intense, in fact; and the aftermath, in which the survivors, including members from both of the warring tribes, band together as they begin a trek to find a more congenial place for habitation, packs an emotional punch as well.

And then there are those dinosaurs ...
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Ray Harryhausen at his very best.
chris_gaskin1231 February 2002
One Million Years B.C. is the best Ray Harryhausen movie and one of the best dinosaur movies ever made. Ray's dinosaurs are magnificent. He didn't animate the giant lizard or giant spider though, but these still look impressive.

The other star of this movie is of course Raquel Welch. She looks well groomed, despite being in prehistoric times. One of the best scenes of the movie is where she gets picked up by a Pteranodon, as a potential meal for its young. At least she survives.

This movie also has a great, thunderous score throughout and is atmospheric.

This is the best of Hammer's prehistoric adventures and is a must for all dinosaur movie lovers.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
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8/10
Hammer's depiction of life in prehistory
Wuchakk12 March 2014
"One Million Years B.C." is actually a serious 1966 attempt to depict life in prehistory for cavemen and women. Many reviewers complain that human beings and dinosaurs NEVER occupied the same period in prehistory, but this is merely our best present-day educated guess. Who knows? Twenty years from now we may discover evidence that people existed at the same time as dinosaurs. The fact is that we DON'T KNOW precisely what it was like for people in prehistory and never truly will; all we can do is guess based on the evidence at hand. This movie is simply a serious attempt to show what it may have been like for people IF they lived at the same time as dinosaurs. Capeesh?

I said this was a serious depiction, but there are admittedly some humorous aspects. For instance, the mullet-headed blond men of the Shell Tribe and the indoor cave sets straight out of the original Star Trek TV series.

Other than that, I can't think of anything bad to say. The location photography from the Canary Islands is awe-inspiring and Ray Harryhausen's dinosaur animation is excellent, holding up very well even to this day; take, for instance, the way the allosaur and, later, t-rex are shown breathing in their dying moments. Needless to say, great attention to detail. The movie even throws in a couple of superimposed iguanas and a tarantula.

Oh yeah, most guys understandably rave about Raquel Welch as Loana and her infamous cavegirl bikini, and she is indeed stunning, but -- believe it or not -- there are a few other female castmembers that are more beautiful due to better womanly curves, like Lisa Thomas as the blonde Sura, essentially Loana's sidekick in the Shell Tribe, and Yvonne Horner as the dark-haired Ullah of the Rock Tribe. The statuesque Martine Beswick is also on hand as Nupondi of the Rock Tribe.

I must not forget to mention the outstanding musical score; it's very fitting, very primal.

Lastly, there's no talking as we understand it; only grunting and primitive lingo. Bottom line: "One Million Years B.C." is enjoyable and highly recommended unless, of course, you have pompous hangups about (supposed) historical chronology.

The film runs 100 minutes.

GRADE: A-
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10/10
Part of My Childhood
haveacigar23 November 2006
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Alright, let's get this out of the way right now. Yes, Raquel Welch is in a fur bikini, and yes, she is gorgeous in it. That being said, I remember watching this and other Harryhausen classics on a tape my dad copied from TNT's late night monster fest. Obviously it isn't accurate, but it is a great movie. For a movie without real dialog, the actors do a good job portraying their characters. However, the best part of the movie (including Miss Welch) are the creatures. Other than a few real life things blown up in size, they are brilliant. Harryhausen just knows how to make creatures. They react to things, they are more than just rampaging beasts. Also, his creations always have great sounds. The all time greatest is when the baby Allosaurus is impaled. It's death scream is the most memorable noise I've ever heard from a movie monster. Overall, you can't go wrong. You'll come for the girls, but the dinosaurs are worth checking out as well.
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9/10
Welcome to my childhood
Petey-104 January 2005
One Millions Years B.C. takes us to time when there were dinosaurs and other creatures we can't see these days.In this movie they walk on the earth with people.The plot isn't so important in this Don Chaffey's movie from 1966.The beautiful Raquel Welch as Loana and John Richardson as Tumak do a neat job in the lead.All the dinos do a great job too.Ray Harryhausen's visual effects work really well for a movie from the 60's.I remember seeing this movie as a child, back in the late 80's when I was less than 10 years old.It was one of my favorite movies then and I could remember pretty much from it to this day.Last December I saw it again.It may not have the same effect on me in 2005 as it did more than 15 years ago but nostalgia makes it better.I tried to watch it with the eyes of a child.How those men fight against the giant turtle and those dinosaurs fight with each other, it still looks pretty cool.My message to all of you is; keep your inner child alive.
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