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People are born and grow up and die of old age in a matter of 5 days. The elders (5 days old) train children and send the most promising one on a trek across the dessert to a monolith that is the cause of the rapid aging to hopefully disable it.

I saw it on a reel to reel in the mid 90's. It looks like it was made in the late 70's or 80's. The cast was small. A few men played the elders seated in a row of chairs and the young boy who had to set out to save them who matures into a man and finally an elderly man.

I've been trying to figure out the title for years.

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  • When did you see this movie? When do you think it might have been made? Any details about characters?
    – HorusKol
    Jun 14, 2013 at 11:07
  • I saw it on a reel to reel in the mid 90's. It looks like it was made in the late 70's or 80's. The cast was small. A few men played the elders seated in a row of chairs and the young boy who had to set out to save them who matures into a man and finally an elderly man.
    – ashwood
    Jun 15, 2013 at 6:04

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You MIGHT be thinking of Quest (1984), a movie based on Ray Bradbury's Frost and Fire.

In Frost and Fire, the life span is Eight days, and it's not the monolith (a space ship) causing the aging, but the radiation on the planet. The hero goes on a quest to reach the ship, discovering when he does that inside of it (and, presumably, off planet) the unnatural aging ceases.

Unfortunately, I haven't see Quest, and it's rather hard to find info on it, online.

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  • This sounds like it might be it. Ill try to see what I can find. Thank you.
    – ashwood
    Jun 15, 2013 at 5:55
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    @ashwood - You may want to look here; it looks like the whole movie is available on Youtube right now. (Thanks to User15274)
    – K-H-W
    Jun 17, 2013 at 14:16
  • That's it! You found it! Thank you. I've looking for it since I saw it in high school.
    – ashwood
    Jun 18, 2013 at 14:19
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    @ashwood - No problem; don't forget to 'accept' the answer if it's correct :)
    – K-H-W
    Jun 18, 2013 at 14:22
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There is an episode of Stargate: Universe that is modeled around this I think. Is that possibly what you are referring to??

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    Name of the episode?
    – David
    Jun 14, 2013 at 7:30
  • There also is a episode of the main Stargate:SG1 series, but people lived 30 days, not 5 (it's an episode where O'Neil begins to age rapidly because he caught the same virus as the inhabitants, and they have to figure out a solution)
    – Kalissar
    Jun 14, 2013 at 7:42
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    @Kalissar In the Stargate SG-1 episode 1x09 Brief Candle - or 1x08, depending on if you consider the pilot to be two episodes - the Argosian race is engineered to live only 100 days. The accelerated aging is caused by nanites.
    – JC2k8
    Jun 14, 2013 at 8:31
  • No it was definitely a film.
    – ashwood
    Jun 15, 2013 at 5:54

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