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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | | Western, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1969 (UK)
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Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out ... See full summary »

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(as James O'Connolly)

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(screenplay) (as William E. Bast), (additional material)
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Professor Bromley
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Tia Zorina
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Mario De Barros ...
Bean (as Mario de Barros in opening credits)
Curtis Arden ...
Lope
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Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public. Another film featuring the stop-action special effects talents of Ray Harryhausen. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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Cowboys Battle Monsters in the Lost World of Forbidden Valley.


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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

Special effects master Ray Harryhausen has said that sequence of the elephant performing its act and its subsequent fight with Gwangi were done with no shots of a real elephant because no such animal was available. However, there is an elephant in the very early scene of the Wild West show's parade through the town, and Ray's animation puppet is a perfect double for it. See more »

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When Lope's shirt is torn, the rip changes sides several times. See more »

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[first lines]
Carlos: [yelling across a canyon] Miguel!
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In the closing credits cast list, Order #10 is GWANGI See more »

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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

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Gypsy Flamenco
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Music by Roland Harker
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One of the best dinosaur movies ever!
5 August 2003 | by (Palm Harbor, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a damn good movie for a 1969 release! Of course the special effects are what makes it so good. Once again, I represent the one percent of the critics who liked it. I also have an artistic eye though. I see Harryhausen's Allosaurus(not Tyrannosaurus) as a living breathing beast. The only other movies that this happens is, One Million YeARS b.c. and Jurassic Park who's computer animation stands alone compared to the hundreds of other horrible excuses for c.g.i. that exist. With Harryhausen's effects we are talking about one artist who creates all the monsters and scenes, not about a team of people with different ideas who work on computers to make a flat representation of life. If you like movies like Anaconda and Tristar's Godzilla, then this movie is definitely not for you.


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