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Five Million Years to Earth

Released 1968
Distributor 20th Century Fox

Third of Nigel Kneale’s visionary Quatermass features adapted from his groundbreaking BBC serials, this one dispenses with Hammer’s ’50s reliance on transplanted US stars and took a decade to make it into production. Although somewhat cribbed from ideas in Arthur C Clarke’s “Childhood’s End”, it’s still one of the most challenging and intelligent sci-fi movies ever. This is the original British trailer.

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About George Hickenlooper

Writer-director George Hickenlooper‘s feature film credits include Factory Girl, about Andy Warhol and his muse, Edie Sedgwick; the internationally acclaimed documentary, Mayor of the Sunset Strip, the psycho-sexual drama The Man from Elysian FieldsThe Big Brass Ring, a political thriller adapted from an Orson Welles screenplay, and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse for which George received a directing Emmy.  His interest in movies and filmmaking began in childhood – stemming in part from his Great Uncle’s (conductor Leopold Stokowski) involvement with Disney’s Fantasia. On October 30, 2010, George died suddenly in Colorado while prepping for the Denver Film Fest premiere of his last film, Casino Jack. All of us connected to this site will always treasure our relationship with George, a true cinema buff who revered film history enough to join us here at Trailers from Hell.