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Three humans trapped on a distant planet discover its deadly secret which could be their undoing.

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Sean Clark

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Steven Spielberg (original concept), Sean Clark (concept) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Patrick ... Commander Boston Low (voice)
Mari Weiss ... Maggie Robbins / Reporter (voice)
Steve Blum ... Ludger Brink / Cocytan Leader / Borneo Space Observer (voice) (as Steven Blum)
Leilani Jones Leilani Jones ... Cora Miles / Newsperson (voice) (as Leilany Jones Wilmore)
David Lodge ... Ken Borden / Reporter (voice)
James Garrett James Garrett ... The Creator / Newsperson (voice)
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Storyline

Three astronauts, in an attempt to knock an asteroid out of its collision course with earth, are transported to a dead alien world, uncover an ancient alien machine. The machine transports them to an extinct planet, where strange and mysterious aliens guide them in their search to find a way home, and perhaps save other aliens trapped in an alternate dimension. Written by <hyperk8423@itsnet.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

"In the dead of space, something is alive" See more »


Certificate:

K-A | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1995 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The first version that was inspired by Steven Spielberg's original idea was vastly different than the final result. It would have been situated in the future and feature a distant planet named Ozymandias, with ruins of four major cities: one in a desert; one on a mountain; one half-submerged in the sea; and one in a jungle. The jungle city was housed inside a gigantic living creature, genetically designed by the original sophisticated alien inhabitants. The aliens would still be alive, but they had devolved to a primitive state. The protagonists were two very different humans inspecting the planet, with the player choosing one as the game's main character. The choice of character would substantially influence how certain puzzles were solved. They would gradually find out that one of the cities waged war on the peaceful other three, making the planet so toxic that all survivors of each civilization were forced to go into stasis, to be revived when the planet became habitable again. The main characters would eventually revive all civilizations, but the aggressive tribe would immediately try to gain control over the entire planet again. Finally, with the help of the docile aliens, the humans would establish peace on the planet by converting the war-mongering tribe to a peaceful way of life. See more »

Quotes

Boston Low: [after arming the explosives on the asteroid] This asteroid has a pair of landing lights now, kids. Stick a fork in us, we're done.
Maggie Robbins: Who writes your material, Commander?
Boston Low: I get it all out of the newspapers, Robbins.
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Crazy Credits

A number of people are listed as "Kept our computers working"; "Ghosts of Digs past"; and "Grateful thanks to the eternally patient", including "Monkey, the incredibly lonely, drooling cat". See more »

Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Tomb of the Past
Written by Michael Land
Courtesy of LucasArts Entertainment Company
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User Reviews

An asteroid is careering towards the earth, and three astronauts must stop it. However there is more to it than meets the eye...
14 September 1998 | by WrightySee all my reviews

The Dig although a PC game, has all the hallmarks of a grand Spielburgian epic. The dialogue drags on in the first quarter of the game and there are some slightly cheesy lines but is also sometimes startlingly poetic and stirring- for example the sequence where Boston low speaks to the Cocytan Inventor. Sean Clark has delivered an extremely evocative and provocative world. The music by Michael Land is subtle and epic at the same time, the sound effects are pure atmosphere and the story which constantly twists and turns more than makes up for the slightly dated appearance of the locations by modern graphics standards - although even these often take the breath away the first time you see them. Don't buy this game if you want a fast action packed game, do buy it is you enjoy absorbing drama, intelligent puzzles and an undeniably cinematic edge.


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