ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.
Director - Don Chaffey; Screenplay - Michael Carreras adapted from an (screenplay)
original screenplay by Mickell Novack, George Baker and Joseph Frickert;
Producer -Michael Carreras; associate producers - Aida Young and Hal Roach; ;
Music - Mario Nascimbene; Cinematography - Wilkie Cooper; Editor - Tom Simpson;
Art Direction - Robert Jones; Makeup - Wally Schneiderman; Special
effects - Ray Harryhausen, George Blackwell and Bob Cuff.
Cast: Raquel Welch (Loana), John Richardson (Tumak), Percy Herbert (Sakana),
Robert Brown (Akhoba), Martine Beswick (Nupondi), Jean Wladon (Ahot),
Lisa Thomas (Sura), Malya Nappi (Tohana).
Tumak, a caveman from the Rock tribe, is banished to the harsh desert
because of a fight with his father, Akoba, the tribal leader. After
surviving many dangers, such as a giant lizard and a giant spider, he
collapses on a remote beach, where he is spotted by "Loana the Fair One"
and her fellow fisherwomen of the Shell Tribe. They are about to help
him when an Archelon makes its way to the beach. Men of the Shell Tribe
arrive and apparently fend off the giant turtle with spears.
Tumak is taken to their village, where Loana tends to him. When the tribe
women are fishing, an Allosaurus attacks. The tribe flees to their cave
but in the panic, a small girl is left trapped up a tree. Tumak seizes a
spear and rushes forward to defend her. Emboldened by this example, Loana
runs out to snatch the child to safety and other men come to Tumak's aid,
one of whom is killed before Tumak is finally able to kill the creature.
In the aftermath, a funeral is held for the dead men. Leaving the funeral
early, Tumak re-enters the cave, and apparently attempts to steal a spear.
A sleeping man wakes, and angered by the attempted theft, fights for his
spear. The ensuing commotion attracts the rest of the tribe, who unite to
cast Tumak out. Loana leaves with him, and one of the men of the tribe -
Ahot - gives him a spear.
Meanwhile, Tumak's brother, Sakana, tries to kill their father in order
to take power. Akoba survives, but Sakana is the new leader. While this
is happening, Tumak and Loana encounter a battle between a Ceratosaurus,
and a Triceratops, eventually won by the Triceratops which fatally gores
The outcasts wander back into the Rock Tribe's territory and Loana meets
the tribe, but again there are altercations. The most dramatic one is a
fight between Tumak's current love interest, Loana, and his old girlfriend,
"Nupondi the Wild One". Loana wins the fight, and refuses to strike the
killing blow, despite the encouragement of the other members of the tribe.
While the cave people are swimming - seemingly for the first time, and
inspired by Leona's example - they are attacked by a a female Pteranodon.
In the confusion, Loana is snatched into the air by the creature, and
dropped bleeding into the sea when a second pterosaur intervenes. Tumak
initially believes her dead, but she has survived the ordeal. They are
reunited just as war breaks out between their tribes: the Rock Tribe,
seemingly jealous of the Shell Tribe, attacks without warning. In the
midst of a savage hand-to-hand battle, a volcano suddenly erupts: the
entire area is stricken by earthquakes and landslides that overwhelm
both tribes. As the film ends, Tumak, Loana, and the surviving members
of both tribes emerge from cover to find themselves in a ruined,
near-Lunar landscape. They all set off - now united - to find a new home.
Screen grabs by Stuart Hall