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Quatermass and the Pit Details


[[Performer~P97672~Nigel Kneale~nigelkneale]]'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 [[Feature~V39796~Quatermass Conclusion~quatermass]]) last of the features. As with previous chapters in the [[Performer~P97672~Kneale~nigelkneale]] 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
Bryan Marshall
as Capt. Potter
James Culliford
as Cpl. Gibson
Duncan Lamont
as Sladden
Hugh Futcher
as Sapper West
Noel Howlett
as Abbey Librarian
Edwin Richfield
as Minister
Hugh Manning
as Pub Customer
Peter Copley
as Howell
Bee Duffell
as Miss Dobson
June C. Ellis
as Blonde
Hugh Morton
as Elderly Journalist
Roger Avon
as Electrician
Keith Marsh
as Johnson
Thomas Heathcote
as Vicar
Andre Morell
Sheila Steafel
as Journalist
Brian Peck
as Technical Officer
Anthony Bushell
Cec Linder
Charles Lamb
as Newsvendor
Michael Ripper


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