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Quatermass and the Pit Details


Nigel Kneale's Quatermass TV series spawned a brief film series produced over an eleven-year period; 1967's Quatermass and the Pit, released in the US as Five Million Years to Earth, was the third and (until 1979's Quatermass Conclusion) last of the features. As with previous chapters in the Kneale saga, the film begins with a baffling scientific discovery. This time it's an alien ship, alive after 5,000,000 years, discovered during the excavation of a new subway line. The craft is able to cause psychic disturbances in individuals genetically connected to the machine; it also prompts them to see dead Martians as ghostly entitites nearby. In time, conclusions drawn from these events lead scientists to shocking conclusions about the origins of the human race. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


James Donald
as Dr. Matthew Roney
Andrew Keir
as Prof. Bernard Quatermass
Barbara Shelley
as Barbara Judd
Julian Glover
as Col. Breen
Maurice Good
as Sgt. Cleghorn
James Culliford
as Cpl. Gibson
Bryan Marshall
as Capt. Potter
Duncan Lamont
as Sladden
Anthony Bushell
Noel Howlett
as Abbey Librarian
Hugh Manning
as Pub Customer
Charles Lamb
as Newsvendor
Keith Marsh
as Johnson
Roger Avon
as Electrician
Peter Copley
as Howell
Michael Ripper
Bee Duffell
as Miss Dobson
Hugh Futcher
as Sapper West
Andre Morell
Brian Peck
as Technical Officer
Sheila Steafel
as Journalist
Thomas Heathcote
as Vicar
Edwin Richfield
as Minister
Cec Linder
Hugh Morton
as Elderly Journalist
June C. Ellis
as Blonde


Roy Ward Baker
Nigel Kneale
Arthur Grant
Tristram Cary
Composer (Music Score)
James Needs
Spencer Reeve
Bernard Robinson
Art Director
Bert Batt
First Assistant Director