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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

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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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Tuck
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Champ
Laurence Naismith ...
Professor Bromley
Freda Jackson ...
Tia Zorina
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Dennis Kilbane ...
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Mario De Barros ...
Bean (as Mario de Barros also)
Curtis Arden ...
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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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25 July 1969 (West Germany)  »

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The Valley of Gwangi  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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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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Gwangi's apparent color changes several times over the course of the movie because there was so much animation to do that Harryhausen did not have enough time to do proper color testing. See more »

Quotes

Professor Bromley: I can't go now!
Tuck: Professor, there's a big lizard back there and he's heading this way. Now get aboard!
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Featured in Return to the Valley (2003) See more »

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Gypsy Flamenco
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Music by Roland Harker
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Best dinosaur and cowboy movie ever
4 January 2004 | by (Iowa, US) – See all my reviews

Okay, so it's the only dinosaur and cowboy movie (that I know of). The acting isn't much, but seeing three cowboys rope a T Rex -- and then seeing the T Rex fight an elephant -- that is cool.

And "El Diablo," the little eohippus, is just too cute.

Harryhausen's stop-motion animation is wonderful. Get the DVD with an interview in which he talks about how he did the cowboy-roping scene, and current animators/fx artists talk about he inspired them -- pretty fun. In a geeky kind of way.


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