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The Lost Continent (1968)

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This film starts out like the Love Boat on acid, as a cast of varied characters, with various issues, take Captain Eric Portman's leaky cargo ship to escape their troubles. When a violent ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Eric Porter ...
Capt. Lansen
Hildegard Knef ...
Eva Peters (as Hildegarde Neff)
Suzanna Leigh ...
Unity Webster
Tony Beckley ...
Harry Tyler
Dr. Webster
Neil McCallum ...
First Officer Hemmings
Ben Carruthers ...
Ricaldi (as Benito Carruthers)
Jimmy Hanley ...
Patrick, the bartender
James Cossins ...
Nick, chief engineer
Dana Gillespie ...
Victor Maddern ...
The mate
Reg Lye ...
The Helmsman
Norman Eshley ...
Jonathan, the prisoner
Michael Ripper ...
Sea Lawyer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Hayden ...


This film starts out like the Love Boat on acid, as a cast of varied characters, with various issues, take Captain Eric Portman's leaky cargo ship to escape their troubles. When a violent storm strikes, the ship is swept into the Sargasso Sea and our heroes find themselves trapped on an island of man-eating seaweed, populated by giant monster crabs and some Spanish conquistadors who think the Inquisition is still on. Features songs and music by '60s "cool group", the Peddlers. Written by Scott Hamilton <>

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Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA)  »

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The Lost Continent  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.85 : 1
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In the first interior boat scene, the Doctor is reading "Uncharted Seas" by Dennis Wheatley, the book on which the film is based. See more »


Capt. Lansen: What kind of a circus is this, anyway?
The Grand Inquistor: You are in the court of El Supremo. The Chosen One.
Nick, chief engineer: He means the lad sitting on the throne.
Capt. Lansen: That boy?
Harry Tyler: He's the one who pays the piper!
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Featured in The World of Hammer: Lands Before Time (1994) See more »

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Cult classic with famed Balloon Girl and why it was banned
25 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This can best be described as a cult classic. Its a fun movie with a lot of character development, and craftily directed. The movie follows the characters through a voyage at sea through hostile weather and a captain whom seems thoroughly decadent. Many of the characters are depicted as worse than they actually are in the beginning, and then the viewer is lured into sympathizing with them. Its a very common device in the movies, and it works better here than in most movies, due to better writing and directing. There is mutiny, shipwreck, life raft chaos, and a land full of monsters and hostile inhabitants, not to mention the famed "Balloon Girl" who they meet. This movie was banned early on, many places. This movie can be classified as the most iconoclastic horror move of all time, because the director had the audacity to kill two characters immediately after they lit up cigarettes. And you can imagine how the greatest censors of all time, the tobacco companies, responded to that, (quite covertly). This was the real thing that horrified audiences in America. What really makes the movie, though, is attention to even the most minor of characters. Most people don't realize how important character identification and appeal is to them, but it's what makes a movie interesting. And this is an interesting movie.

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