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Valley of the Dragons (1961)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  November 1961 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 ...
LeClerc
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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comet | duel | dinosaur | sling | lizard | See more »

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Battle for survival - against brutal, bestial Neanderthals! See more »

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November 1961 (USA)  »

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Dolina zmajeva  »

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Some US advertising materials promoted the movie as having been filmed in "Monstascope", suggesting some kind of wide-screen process, but this was entirely misleading. In fact, the film was photographed with spherical lenses and projected at 1.85:1 - wider than regular Academy aperture (1.37:1), but not quite CinemaScope. 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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Version of The Comet (1970) See more »

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This movie holds a soft spot in my head...
25 January 2001 | by (Saint Clair, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Okay, I admit it...this little film holds a special place in my heart. It is the absolute first movie I can ever remember watching on television. I remember watching it on a Saturday morning after cartoons, and looking at the TV Guide to see that it was actually classified as a "melodrama". All I really remember from that initial viewing was the fight between the two lizards and the attack by the giant spider.

I recently managed to obtain a copy of the movie and finally re-watched it after what was probably thirty years. First of all, I never knew it was based on a Jules Verne novel, who is one of my favorite authors of all time. Too bad it was based on one of the few Verne books I haven't read.

Cesare Danova is great as the French duelist who is picked up with an American who had affronted him in a disagreement over a woman. What follows turns into your standard caveman/regular-lizards-pretending-to- be-dinosaurs type film. The two end up becoming the leaders of opposing prehistoric tribes and things continue from there.

The movie is nothing really that great, but it's a fun little movie that's on a par with any 1950's programmer.


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