One Million Years BC

I have recently watched The exciting 1966 adventure/fantasy film One Million Years B.C. starring Raquel Welch and John Richardson, set in a fictional age of cavemen and dinosaurs. It features Akoba (Robert Brown) who is the leader of The Rock Tribe who lives in a barren rocky landscape near a volcano. While leading a hunting party into the hills to search for prey. One member of the tribe traps a warthog in a pit, and then Akoba’s son Tumak (John Richardson) kills it. The tribe brings it home for dinner, however Tumak is later banished to the harsh desert after fighting with Akoba over a piece of meat.

After surviving many dangers such as a giant iguana, ape men, Apatosaurus and a giant spider, he collapses on a remote beach, where he is spotted by “Loana the Fair One” (Raquel Welch) and her fellow fisherwomen of the Shell tribe. They are about to help him when an Archelon appears. Men of the Shell tribe arrive and drive it back into the sea. Tumak is taken to their village, where Loana tends to him. The Shell tribe is more advanced and more civilized than the Rock tribe. They have cave paintings, music, delicate jewellery made from shells, agriculture, and rudimentary language. 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 by Tumak. Tumak seizes a spear from Ahot (Jean Wladon), a man of the Shell tribe, and rushes forward to defend her. Emboldened by this example, Loana runs out to snatch the child to safety, and Ahot and other men come to Tumak’s aid, one of the men being killed before Tumak is finally able to kill the dinosaur. Tumak then attempts to steal a spear from Ahot, resulting in him being banished by the Shell Tribe. Loana leaves with him, and Ahot, in a gesture of friendship, gives him the spear over which they had fought.

Meanwhile, Akoba leads a hunting party into the hills to search for prey but loses his footing. Tumak’s brother Sakana (Percy Herbert) tries to kill their father to take power. However Akoba survives. Elsewhere Tumak and Loana inadvertently run into a battle between a Ceratosaurus and a Triceratops before wandering back to the Rock Tribe’s territory and Loana meets the tribe. However a fight breaks out between Loana and Tumak’s former lover “Nupondi the Wild One” (Martine Beswick). Loana wins the fight but refuses to strike the killing blow. Later While the cave people are swimming they are attacked by a female Pteranodon which snatches Loana, however it in turn is attacked by a Rhamphorhynchus hoping to get a free meal. So Tumak attempts to rescue Loana. Meanwhile Sakana leads a group of like-minded fellow hunters in an armed revolt against Akoba. Tumak, Ahot and Loana and other members of the Shell tribe join the fight against Sakana. However They soon find themselves caught up in cataclysmic events beyond anyones control…

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