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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | | Western, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1969 (UK)
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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Champ
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Prof. Bromley
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Tia Zorina
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Carlos
Dennis Kilbane ...
Rowdy
Mario De Barros ...
Bean (as Mario de Barros in opening credits)
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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The Valley--Where Time Stood Still  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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

[first lines]
Carlos: [yelling across a canyon] Miguel!
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Opening credits prologue: Somewhere South of the Rio Grande . . . . . . . At the turn of the Century See more »

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Featured in Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011) See more »

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Gypsy Flamenco
(uncredited)
Music by Roland Harker
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User Reviews

Good little movie....hidden gem.
29 July 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's not to like here-James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Naismeth, the excellent Harryhausen Allosaurus F/X, the dino-elephant battle, the cowboys roping the dino scene, etc. Very nicely done. No great acting, of course, and nothing you haven't seen already in Kong or 100 other places, but its what they do with it here that makes it worth yer while.

Personally I always enjoy it when I see it; I think it's one of the better dino flix you can find pre-Jurassic Park.

*** outta ****, esp if you like Harryhousen's stuff.


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