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½ November 14, 2017
Deadly fun. Great locales and effects. Raquel is gorgeous. It?s fairly loud and dumb but who cares.
½ August 19, 2017
Harryhausen's work here really shines and has a charm all these decades later. Despite not having any dialogue and a threadbare plot, it's still a fun and primal experience.
December 23, 2016
Wow! Coming out on 4K Blu-ray soon...! Yea or Nay, whatever your proclivity on the merits of this film, you have to admit that it's really quite innovative for its time. The film score, too, is very out-there and evocative. And, if nothing else, my God (!!!), Raquel Welch and John Richardson at their beautiful peaks...! ;) I love it! I loved it when I saw it as a child; I love it nearly 50 years later.... :D
December 16, 2016
In a nutshell, Ray Harryhausen makes a bunch of stop motion dinosaurs terrorize a bunch of grunting cavemen and cavewomen. The story, as it is, involves a banished caveman discovering a friendlier tribe of cavepeople along the coastline. The most memorable and iconic part of this film is that one of that friendly cavewomen is a loin clothed bikinied Raquel Welch. Welch had already appeared in the hit film "The Fantastic Voyage" but it was this film that made her a pin-up icon. Being a Hammer film production, this film does not have the biggest budget and it shows in how Harryhausen has to cut corners on his usually top notch special effects, most noticeably with real lizards standing in for dinosaurs in a few scenes or the stop-motion giant turtle having it's hind legs drug behind it and not having the time and money to animate them. Overall, this is a very cheesy movie, but it's still enjoyable in a cheeseball sort of way, especially if you're in the right mood.
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½ June 9, 2016
There are worse films, there are better films. The best bits are thanks to Harryhausen.
June 26, 2015
One Million Years BC (soon to be retitled One Million Years BCE) features some terrific cinematography by Wilkie Cooper, some fairly scary dinosaurs courtesy of Ray Harryhausen, and a decidedly dark atmosphere that at times is quite disturbing. Raquel Welch is the reason most people (well, most men) cite for watching this film, but she's really only icing on the cake. Besides, Martine Beswick looks even better than Raquel does!Had a hard day at work? Don't feel like doing any deep thinking? Here's the first film you should reach for. No dialogue to keep up with or complex characters. Just sunny scenery, girls in fur bikinis and just enough Ray Harryhausen animated dinosaurs to keep things moving. If you have to go to the restroom, you don't even need to pause the DVD. Just go and when you come back, nothing of any depth has happened so it's easy to figure out what you missed. Just don't walk out on the true stars of the film - the dinosaurs. They are some of the best ever done for any film. It's 90 minutes of no-brainer entertainment and holds up to many viewings.
June 24, 2015
If you're a hardcore fan of stop motion monsters and mild cleavage, this is the movie for you. Otherwise, you have no business watching it.
½ June 24, 2015
Like an action packed visit to the creation science museum where dinos run alongside humans. Basically, prehistoric women in groomed hair and bikinis along with lots of fight scenes and grunting. Of course best known as the film that propelled Raquel Welch to fame.
May 26, 2015
Raquel Welch's body must be tired since it carried this movie for 2 hours.
½ February 19, 2015
i saw this first as a kid and everybody was talking about welch's bikini but all i was interested in was the effects by the master ray harryhausen and i wasn't disappointed.
January 11, 2015
Not much to say other than it was iconic and I saw it because of shawshank redemption.
November 25, 2014
This movie wasn't too bad considering fact that no one is really speaking. All you hear is grunts and groans (the movie deals with cavemen). But I thought it was interesting showing both the savage cavemen and then the cavemen that are civilized and have order.
October 10, 2014
Delightfully cheesy, with some of the best use of stop motion effects I've ever seen, and for such a simple story, it's quite underrated.
½ May 24, 2014
Come on people it's Raquel Welch wearing practically nothing and dinosaurs! Sure, it's really dumb but the dinosaurs are awesome and, I must repeat, there is Raquel Welch wearing practically nothing. What's not to like?
½ April 27, 2014
This movie was a remake of a 1940's movie. The whole movie is a fantasy where humans and dinosaurs living at the same time. There is no dialog, the actors just grunt at each other. Raquel Welch became famous after being in this movie due to the poster of her in a fur bikini. It started the fad of sexy actress posters that lasted until the 1980's. Ray Harryhausen did the stop motion animation of the dinosaurs. They also had iguanas film in close up to make them look 10 feet tall. All the cave women had perfect figures and clean hair with modern hairdos. The cavemen wore shoes too. When they made the silent film in the 1920's the public didn't know much about dinosaurs and didn't know that they didn't live at the same time as dinosaurs. By the 1960's everybody knew that dinosaurs lived millions of years before humans walked the earth. The movie would have flopped if it hadn't had Raquel Welch in it. Compared to Jurassic Park this movie's special effects are crude. It's not that much more advanced than King Kong. It was still the best they could do in the 1960's.
½ March 12, 2014
One of Hammer's biggest productions (400,000+), and one of their biggest hits and I can see why it made so much money because it fits the big screen so well with fantastic direction and fun effects. Every science fiction fan should watch this as it is one of the finest examples of the pre-historic fantasy sub-genre ever made, and it is also so damn fun to watch.
½ January 24, 2014
With special effects ranging from close-ups of giant lizards and tarantulas to meticulous stop-motion dinosaur duels, Don Chaffey's marmite prehistory flick is a movie of extreme contrasts, varying quality and scantily-clad cavewomen occasionally splashing one another in the sea. The plot is practically non-existent, the dialogue is LITERALLY non-existent and the whole thing plays out like an uninformative, historically inaccurate documentary, with ear-piercing sound design in place of a David Attenborough voiceover. For some, however, Ray Harryhausen's effects work will be a redeeming feature of biblical proportions. Unbelievably bi-polar.
October 29, 2013
Perhaps I am jaded by current generation special effects and advances in film quality, but honestly this film bored me. Yes, Welch is smoking hot and Harryhousen's dinosaurs are great but the lack of real story plagues this film until you don't know why the cavemen are fighting exactly.
September 19, 2013
4 stars for Welch alone. And the dinosaurs of course
½ August 30, 2013
Inaccurate and a bit silly looking, but amazing stop-motion effects and epic caveman story telling. I have no idea why they cheated the first dinosaur out with a giant lizard, but the rest were spectacular. The story is hard to follow, being told through basically non-understandable dialog, it still manages to hold thrills and chills. Raquel Welch may have been the selling point of this film, it's still remarkably fun and quite memorable.
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