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1969 (UK) See more »
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One of the best dinosaur movies ever! See more (70 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Franciscus ... Tuck

Gila Golan ... T.J.

Richard Carlson ... Champ

Laurence Naismith ... Prof. Bromley
Freda Jackson ... Tia Zorina

Gustavo Rojo ... Carlos
Dennis Kilbane ... Rowdy
Mario De Barros ... Bean (as Mario de Barros in opening credits)
Curtis Arden ... Lope
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jose Burgos ... The Dwarf (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Carlos (voice) (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 
Costume Design by
John Furniss (wardrobe designer)
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)
Ricardo Huertas .... first assistant director: second unit (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 (uncredited)
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alec Mills .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
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
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"The Valley--Where Time Stood Still" - USA (alternative title)
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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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Known as "The Valley--Where Time Stood Still" during production.See more »
Continuity: When the spectators flee from the arena, one ticket booth is knocked over, leaving the open side facing up. In later shots a closed side faces up, and still later this same booth disappears completely.See more »
[first lines]
Carlos:[yelling across a canyon] Miguel!
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Movie Connections:
References The Big Country (1958)See more »
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Is Gwangi an Allosaurus or a Tyrannosaurus?
Why does the Romany woman have the dwarf release Gwangi?
Was this story based on an old legend?
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
One of the best dinosaur movies ever!, 5 August 2003
Author: goregantua from Palm Harbor, Florida

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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