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The Valley of Gwangi -- The discovery of a midget horse, thought to be fifty million years old, prompts members of a Wild West show to venture into Mexico's Forbidden Valley in search of fame and untold wealth.
The Valley of Gwangi -- Trailer for this western meets dinosaur thriller

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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:
Best Dinosaurs vs. Cowboys Movie Ever! See more (64 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)
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 
 
Production Management
Miguel Gil .... production manager
Luis Roberts .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ricardo Huertas .... first assistant director: second unit
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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Due to a mishearing of the word "fuck" by the BBFC the 1995 video release was wrongly given a '12' certificate. This was corrected for the 2003 DVD and the rating changed to a 'U' certificate.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: When Gwangi is chasing the cowboys out of the valley through the rock pass, one person falls off his horse twice.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Carlos:[yelling across a canyon] Miguel!
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Soundtrack:
Gypsy FlamencoSee more »

FAQ

Why did Carlos spear the Styracosaurus instead of Gwangi?
Was this story based on an old legend?
Is Gwangi an Allosaurus or a Tyrannosaurus?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Best Dinosaurs vs. Cowboys Movie Ever!, 23 January 2011
Author: TheExpatriate700 from United States

The Valley of Gwangi is a good Ray Harryhausen creature feature with an interesting premise: a group of cowboys down in Mexico find a hidden valley full of killer dinosaurs. They bring one, an allosaurus, back to civilization, with predictably destructive results.

The film is above average Saturday matinée fare, with limited bloodshed and extremely good effects, considering the time period, by Harryhausen. The setting and plot set it apart from the typical jungle based lost world thriller. Furthermore, the performances, while not Oscar winning, are decent, with James Franciscus providing a strong lead.

Overall, this is a good film for families with children that are into creature features, but are too young for more violent modern horror movies.

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