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Director:
Writers:
William Bast (screenplay)
Julian More (additional material)
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Release Date:
25 July 1969 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Cowboys Battle Monsters in the Lost World of Forbidden Valley.
Plot:
Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs. See more (62 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Franciscus ... Tuck

Gila Golan ... T.J.

Richard Carlson ... Champ
Laurence Naismith ... Professor Bromley
Freda Jackson ... Tia Zorina
Gustavo Rojo ... Carlos
Dennis Kilbane ... Rowdy
Mario De Barros ... Bean (as Mario de Barros also)
Curtis Arden ... Lope
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jose Burgos ... The Dwarf (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim O'Connolly  (as James O'Connolly)
 
Writing credits
William Bast (screenplay) (as William E. Bast)

Julian More (additional material)

Willis H. O'Brien  earlier film project "Gwangi" (uncredited)

Produced by
Ray Harryhausen .... associate producer
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerome Moross 
 
Cinematography by
Erwin Hillier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Richardson 
 
Art Direction by
Gil Parrondo 
 
Production Management
Miguel Gil .... production manager
Luis Roberts .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pedro Vidal .... assistant director
Carlos Gil .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philip Bottomley .... dubbing editor
Selwyn Petterson .... dubbing editor
Malcolm Stewart .... sound (as Malcolm Steward)
Bill Creed .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... creator of visual effects
Arthur Hayward .... creature sculptor
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alec Mills .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Furniss .... wardrobe designer
Tony Pueo .... wardrobe supervisor (as Antonio Pueo)
 
Music Department
Jerome Moross .... conductor
Gary Hughes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Juan Maján .... horse master (as Juan Majan)
Antonio Saura .... title designer
 

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Runtime:
96 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video re-rating) (2003) | UK:12 (video rating) (1995) | USA:G

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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:
Errors in geography: Early on, young Lope tells Tuck Kirby that the arena is two miles outside of the town. This is confirmed by Tuck encountering Professor Bromley's paleontological digs in open desert during his return from his first visit to it. However, at the film's climax the arena is clearly within the town.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Carlos:[yelling across a canyon] Miguel!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dinosaurs (1996) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Gypsy FlamencoSee more »

FAQ

Was this story based on an old legend?
Why did the pterodactyl land on the ground instead of taking the boy up to its nest?
Why did Carlos spear the Styracosaurus instead of Gwangi?
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs., 18 January 2002
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

The Valley of Gwangi is a lot better than the earlier dinosaur/cowboy movie, The Beast of Hollow Mountain. It contains a lot more dinosaurs and better special effects. These were created by the great Ray Harryhausen.

The film itself is very enjoyable with good performances from the cast including Richard Carlson (It Came From Outer Space, The Creature From the Black Lagoon). The music score is excellent. The ending was rather sad though.

This is a must if you like dinosaur films like me.

Rating: 4 and a half stars out of 5.

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