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Trog (1970)

A sympathetic anthropologist uses drugs and surgery to try to communicate with a primitive troglodyte who is found living in a local cave.

Director:

Freddie Francis

Writers:

Aben Kandel (screenplay), Peter Bryan (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Dr. Brockton
Michael Gough ... Sam Murdock
Bernard Kay ... Inspector Greenham
Kim Braden ... Anne Brockton
David Griffin ... Malcolm Travers
John Hamill ... Cliff
Thorley Walters ... Magistrate
Jack May Jack May ... Dr. Selbourne
Geoffrey Case Geoffrey Case ... Bill
Robert Hutton ... Dr. Richard Warren
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Colonel Vickers
David Warbeck ... Alan Davis
Chloe Franks ... Little Girl
Maurice Good ... Reporter
Joe Cornelius Joe Cornelius ... Trog
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Storyline

Anthropologist Dr. Brockton (Joan Crawford) unearths a troglodyte (an Ice Age 'missing link" half-caveman, half-ape) and manages to domesticate him - until he's let loose by an irate land developer (Michael Gough) to go on a rampage and kidnap a little girl. Crawford's last feature film. Written by alfiehitchie

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FOUND: One missing link - and all the terror that goes with it! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Missing Link See more »

Filming Locations:

Berkshire, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Hamill, who plays the second spelunker to strip to his undershorts during the opening cave sequence, was used to this kind of exposure. In the late 1960s he ranked as one of England's top "physique" models. See more »

Goofs

Under sodium pentothal, Trog "remembers" seeing dinosaurs...impossible, since they went extinct 30 million years before the first ape, let alone the first "ape-man", evolved. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Brockton: Malcolm, get me my hypo-gun - quickly!
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Connections

Referenced in Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971) See more »

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This movie is SO cheap and silly it is the stuff of legend!
27 April 2003 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

'Trog'. I almost have to stifle my giggles just typing the title! This movie, Hollywood Golden Age Superstar Joan Crawford's final big screen role, is so cheap and silly it is the stuff of legend. Crawford plays it straight, which makes it even more ludicrous. She plays an anthropologist who tries to educate a "missing link" (Joe Cornelius), affectionately nicknamed Trog, much against the wishes of the local townsfolk led by legendary character actor Michael Gough (Hammer's 'Dracula', 'Horrors Of The Black Museum', 'Konga', 'The Legend Of Hell House', 'Venom',etc.etc.) Of course Trog escapes and goes on a rampage, and it all ends in tears. This movie is an absolute hoot! I can't decide which is my favourite bit - the ridiculous scenes where Crawford tries to teach Trog to play with toy robots and dolls, Trog's agitated reaction to hearing rock'n'roll, or Trog battling with a German Shepherd. Each of these sequences is absolutely unforgettable. The silliest bit is probably an excruciatingly long and cheesy animated dinosaur battle which makes Gumby look like 'Jurassic Park'! The most amazing thing is that 'Trog's director went on to make the excellent Peter Cushing/Christopher Lee classic 'The Creeping Flesh', and it was co-written by John Gilling who made the excellent 'The Plague Of Zombies' and 'The Reptile' for Hammer. What went wrong here is anybody's guess! 'Trog' is a really bad movie, but a really enjoyable one. Highly recommended fun.

P.S. Keep an eye out for an early appearance by cult actor David Warbeck, who went on to Hammer's 'Twins Of Evil', Russ Meyer's 'Blacksnake!' and Fulci's 'The Beyond'.


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