At the Earth's Core (film)

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At the Earth's Core
Earths core film.jpg
Directed by Kevin Connor
Produced by John Dark
Max Rosenberg
Milton Subotsky
Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel)
Milton Subotsky
Starring Peter Cushing
Doug McClure
Caroline Munro
Music by Mike Vickers
Cinematography Alan Hume
Distributed by American International Pictures
British Lion Films (UK)
(Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Release dates
July 1976
Running time
89 min.
Country United Kingdom
United States[1]
Language English
Budget $1.5 million[2]

At the Earth's Core is a 1976 fantasy-science fiction film produced by Britain's Amicus Productions.[3]

It was directed by Kevin Connor and starred Peter Cushing, Caroline Munro, Philippa Herring and Doug McClure.[4] It was filmed in Technicolor. It was based on the fantasy novel At the Earth's Core, by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first book of his Pellucidar series, in token of which the film is also known as Edgar Rice Burroughs' At the Earth's Core. The original music score was composed by Mike Vickers.

Plot summary[edit]

Dr. Abner Perry, a British Victorian period scientist (Cushing), and his US financier David Innes (McClure) make a test run of their Iron Mole drilling machine in a Welsh mountain, but end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic flying reptiles, the Mahars, and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen. They are captured by the Mahars, who keep primitive humans as their slaves through mind control. David falls for the beautiful slave girl Princess Dia (Munro) but when she is chosen as a sacrificial victim in the Mahar city, David and Perry must rally the surviving human slaves to rebel and not only save her but also win their freedom.



The film was made following the success of The Land That Time Forgot.[5]


The movie was popular, becoming the 18th most profitable British film of 1976.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "At the Earth's Core (1976)". BFI. Retrieved 18 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Brian Trenchard-Smith on At the Earth's Core at Trailers from Hell
  3. ^ Gary A. Smith, The American International Pictures Video Guide, McFarland 2009 p 16
  4. ^ "At the Earth's Core (1976)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Ed. Allan Bryce, Amicus: The Studio That Dripped Blood, Stray Cat Publishing, 2000 p 150

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