Chariots of the Gods (film)

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Chariots of the Gods
Film Poster for Chariots of the Gods.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Harald Reinl
Produced by Manfred Barthel
Günther Eulau
Written by Harald Reinl
Wilhelm Roggersdorf
Erich von Däniken
Narrated by Heinz-Detlev Bock
Klaus Kindler
Christian Marschall
Music by Peter Thomas
Cinematography Ernst Wild
Edited by Hermann Haller
Distributed by Terra Film
Release date
  • 26 April 1970 (1970-04-26)
Running time
92 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German
Box office $25.9 million[1]

Chariots of the Gods (German: Erinnerungen an die Zukunft) is a 1970 West German documentary film directed by Harald Reinl. It is based on Erich von Däniken's book Chariots of the Gods?, a book that theorizes extraterrestrials impacted early human life. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[2][3]

Other versions[edit]

The film was edited and dubbed into English in a 1973 American TV documentary, In Search of Ancient Astronauts, narrated by Rod Serling.[4] This version was also shown in many schools in the 1970s, distributed through 16 mm film prints.[4][citation needed]

The film was released in the UK in 1971, in a version cut to 55 minutes and as a support[clarification needed] to the film The Railway Children.


  1. ^ "Chariots of the Gods, Worldwide Box Office Information". Worldwide Box Office. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  2. ^ "The 43rd Academy Awards (1971) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  3. ^ "NY Times: Chariots of the Gods". NY Times. Retrieved 11 November 2008.
  4. ^ a b In Search of Ancient Astronauts at Internet Movie Database

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