Synopsis: An anthropologist who is part of an arctic exploration team discovers the body of a prehistoric Neanderthal man who is subsequently resuscitated. The researcher must then decide what to do with the prehistoric man and he finds himself defending the man from those that want to dissect him in the name of science.
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Fred Schepisi
Production: Universal Pictures
100 min

Damn it, Shepherd,

close the door please.

Hey, Shepherd, you been out

with the natives again?

Hey! Even Eskimos don't dress like that anymore.

C'mon! C'mon! Let's go!

They're waiting for you! Today, Shepherd!


You know, Whitman's in from Houston,

you better get cleaned-up.

Jesus! What is that smell?

It's me.

Hey! Hey! You been eating walrus again?

- Hey, Shepherd, those Eskimos still lend you their wives?

- Yeah, sure, yeah.

Jesus! "Eskimos lend their wives."?

I'll see ya...

half that sh*t from the bear's here.

- Mr. Whitman, Brady.

- Where the hell have you been?

- Shepherd.

- What the hell is that?

- What the hell's that smell.

- What's goin' on? When did HE get here?

- What is going on?

- You're going to tell us.

- Well, give me a hint!

- Well, it's something we found in the glacier.

The Glacier!

Well, why wasn't I called?

- You were.

- Before you moved it! What... don't you know regulations?

There was no time. I mean, it could have

shifted, we could have lost it.

We got pictures of the site,

and we got ice samples, all right?

- Well, what is it?

- We're not sure... remember the mammoth?

- Yeah, the ones the Russians found.

- The Russians? When did they find a mammoth?

In 1898, it was a perfect specimen of the

mammoth mastodonis, 400 thousand years old.

Tissue was perfectly preserved,

some of the cells still viable.

So you found another mammoth?

Not exactly.

Viable? What did they do with this mammoth?

They ate it.

Yeah, and I heard it was quite

tasty, too, sorta like buffalo.

Joe, this is Dima, a baby mammoth,

One of thirty-nine recent finds.

The Russians have been working

on this for the last seven years.

They take the cells out of the mammoth,

they try to re-vivify them.

- What do you mean by re-vivify.

- Life, bring 'em back to life.

They insert them into the egg of a living elephant.

- What does that get you?

- Maybe a baby prehistoric?

Or a "malaphant".

Excuse me.

What are your plans here?

It looks like a pretty important find.

How far can you go?

Can you re-vivify the whole thing?

That's not possible. When you freeze,

crystals form, they destroy the cell walls.

If we're lucky, out of the whole carcass,

we'll find just a few cells intact.

Can you put those in an egg?

We're going to look for low level

cell activity, the beginnings of life.

Is that likely?

We don't know 'til we try.

- Wha... what about me?

- You?

I thought you might want to get

a look at it before we take it apart.

- Before what!?

- Before we take it apart.

Take it apart!?


What do you think?

Could've gone another two

inches, gotten a better look at it.

- What do you think it is?

- Mammoth.

We think it's a mammoth.

Nothing, I can see nothing so far.

- Shepherd?

- Yeah.

Damn! It's not close enough.

If we cut on the other side we'll know

exactly which angle to come in on.

This is how we expect

to find you one day, Shepherd.


- Oh, my God.

- That's it, that's amazing!


Look at that, it must

have been frozen instantly.

- What in God's name is he?

- Looks like an Indian.

- Yeah, what kind of Indian, I wonder.

- Cleveland Indian, what do I know, you're the anthropologist.

Is this...?

C'mon, c'mon, Shep, you're the expert.

I don't know, I mean, all we had was pieces of rock,

bone, conjecture, wild guesses, nothing in the flesh.

Well, take a wild guess.

Moderate frontal ridge, look at

those teeth, he's a hunter.

- Sloping forehead.

- How old?

- Hard to tell, adult, twenty, thirty.

- Thirty years?

- Give or take twenty thous...

- Twenty thousand?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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