One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Movie Title: One Million Years B.C.

Year Released: 1966

Rated: Not Rated

Runtime: 1h 32min

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Director: Don Chaffey

Writer: Michael Carreras (Adapted from an original screenplay by Mickell Novack, George Baker and Joseph Frickert)

Starring: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick, Jean Wladon, Lisa Thomas, Malya Nappi, Richard James, William Lyon Brown, Frank Hayden, Terence Maidment, Micky De Rauch, Yvonne Horner

Review: In prehistoric times, Tumak (John Richardson), of the Rock People, is banished from his home, but soon finds himself living among the kindness of the Shell People. There he forms a bond with Loana (Raquel Welch) and soon the two are off on their own in an unknown land filled with deadly dinosaurs, beastly behemoths, and combative cave-people!

One Million Years B.C. is a ridiculously fun movie that could only have been made in the '60s. What makes this prehistoric adventure so memorable are the stunning "Dynamation" special effects from Ray Harryhausen and the bikini-clad Raquel Welch. Both icons in their own right and both in top form here.

Ray Harryhausen's larger that life creature creations are truly a sight to behold. There's giant turtles, iguanas, and dinosaurs, Oh my! Plus the photography and how the actors appear to interact with the mammoth monsters is pure movie magic and so much fun and big part of why this picture was such a success!

The other big reason for its success is the gorgeous screen debut of Raquel Welch. Like most of the actors in the movie, Welch has almost no dialogue, but still manages to command your attention with both her sex appeal and her sweet and gentle manner. The poster even become iconic thanks to Welch's unforgettable visage.

So if you're looking for a true testament to what life was like one million years B.C. then you're in the wrong place, but if caveman battles, prehistoric beast attacks, and bikini-clan heroines are what you crave then hop in the "way-back" machine and visit, or revisit, One Million Years B.C.!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: As the Shell People are attacked by a giant turtle, the women call it "Achelon" which is the real scientific name for the animal.


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