Storyline : One Million Years B.C
The film is chiefly remembered today for the sight of Raquel Welch running around in a skimpy fur bikini, and that really is an iconic image, summing up the spirit of fun which surrounds the movie. The plot basically moves from one fight/monster/adventure scene to the next and packs so much action in that you’ll never become bored during the hundred minutes. Dangers include attacks from decapitating ape men; bloodthirsty dinosaurs, and giant creatures, all achieved through some top-notch (for the time) effects work, which incorporates back and forward projection; blown-up lizards (like in JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH) and spiders; men in ape suits; and, best of all, some fine stop-motion work from Ray Harryhausen. Here, the SFX maestro offers up such treats as a Triceratops fighting an Allosaurus, a Brontosaurus, an attack from a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Pterodactyl. All are staged lavishly and are a lot of fun.
More threats come from a giant stop-motion turtle which crawls across the sand to eat Raquel, and a vengeful turn from jealous caveman Percy Herbert. Then there’s a cat fight between Welch and a rival cave girl (as played by Martine Beswick) and a tremendous climax involving an erupting volcano in which dozens of extras go tumbling into collapsing chasms. Richardson is heroic, Welch is stunning, the action is exciting and the pacing is spot-on – therefore I think I’m right in saying that this is one of the best cave man epics out there.