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In 1881, in Algeria, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are fighting a duel when a comet brushing Earth takes the two men to the Moon where they discover a prehistoric civilization.

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Hector Servadac
Sean McClory ...
Michael Denning
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Deena
Danielle De Metz ...
Nateeta
Gregg Martell ...
Od-Loo
Gil Perkins ...
Tarn / Doctor
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Patoo
Mike Lane ...
Anoka
Roger Til ...
Vidal
Mark Dempsey ...
Andrews
Jerry Sunshine ...
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Dolly Grey ...
Mara
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Algeria 1881. Two men, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are having a duel with one another when a comet goes past the earth at low altitude. The strong wind this creates transports the two men to the moon. They find themselves in a jungle inhabited by reptiles and prehistoric humans. They have a difficult time before they manage to adapt to the dangers, but eventually they each find a girl to spend time with, awaiting the next return of the comet to take them back to Earth. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Uses stock footage from One Million B.C. (1940) and _Rodan (1956)_. See more »

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During the comet's approach, the string it is suspended upon is visible. See more »

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Michael Denning: It's amazing how a Frenchman always finds a woman.
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A glancing blow
21 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of the cheaper adaptions of Jules Verne for the big screen occurs with this film Valley Of The Dragons. Unless those ancient pteranodons are the dragons, there's really no mention of them.

Sean McClory and Cesare Danova are a pair of 19th century adventurers ready to fight a duel over the affections of a woman who no doubt as they figure later on was egging it all on. An earthquake erupts and these two are swept up in it and transported to the head of a comet upon which a prehistoric society still thrives complete with other animals of the Cenozoic age.

In no time flat these two wind up leading a pair of feuding tribes and bring them together. And they both get a pair of women companions as there is little other recreational activity.

The footage from One Million BC is once again recycle for another imitation film. Valley Of The Dragons is even shot in black and white no doubt to better integrate the prehistoric footage.

It's an interesting concept, but brought to the screen in a cheap knockoff manner. The science is also quite suspect a little below the standard of Jules Verne.


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