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Professor Challenger leads team of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep within the Amazonian jungle to investigate reports that dinosaurs still live there. Written by
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Suddenly, in the mysterious heart of the Amazon, you see the death-battle of the Jurassic dinosaurs! 70-foot brontosaurus goes wild! Tyrannosaurus hatches baby monster! Sea-serpent of the lava lake appears from the depths! Flesh-eating vegetable traps explorers! Spiders that stalk human victims! See more »
Irwin Allen wanted stop motion for the special effects but the film's budget precluded that so they were forced to work with lizards and other reptiles. 20th Century Fox had no option but to slash the budgets of all their feature productions at the time as the costs over Cleopatra (1963) were starting to spiral out of control. See more »
In the cave when Roxton finds the diary, the native girl is sitting down with her right hand resting on her left leg in long shots, and with her left arm resting on her right leg in close-up shots. See more »
[after the "brontosaurus" had destroyed the helicopter]
My radio's gone with it. That's the last of my wire stories, the end of outside contact.
The End of us.
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Irwin Allen puts a saddle on the Conan Doyle novel and digs in the spurs in this silly adaptation of the eponymous book. Loaded with action but not much else, and well stocked with useless characters such as Frosty the poodle. SEE! Jill St.John, who starts off feisty but ends up as simpering baggage, explore the Amazon in pink tights. HEAR!! Michael Rennie murder the Spanish language. FEEL!!! The sense of loss as Fernando Lamas deadpans the line: "My helicopter". In an interview years later, David Hedison admitted that he HATED this movie, and it's easy to see why. With typical pre-release hype, Irwin Allen teased the public with promises of unbelievably authentic-looking monsters("like nothing you've ever seen before!"). Wrong: they were exactly like everything we've seen before. The actors, from Claude Rains to Fernando Lamas, are all good to very good, but not in this clunker. Their combined talents were wasted, as will be your money if you buy or rent this film. Get it ONLY if you feel compelled to complete a collection of '50s and '60s B-movies, otherwise: don't walk, run!
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