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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

G  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi  |  17 March 1971 (USA)
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Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for ... See full summary »

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Sanna
Robin Hawdon ...
Tara
Patrick Allen ...
Kingsor / Narrator
Drewe Henley ...
Khaku
Sean Caffrey ...
Kane
Magda Konopka ...
Ulido
Imogen Hassall ...
Ayak
Patrick Holt ...
Ammon
Jan Rossini ...
Rock Girl
Carol Hawkins ...
Yani (as Carol-Anne Hawkins)
Maria O'Brien ...
Omah
Connie Tilton ...
Sand Mother
Maggie Lynton ...
Rock Mother
Jimmy Lodge ...
Fisherman
Billy Cornelius ...
Hunter
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Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for protection from the giant lizards and other creatures that preys on them. Sanna, one of the sacrificial offerings, finds herself on her own when a freak storm interrupts the ceremony. As she searches for a safe haven she encounters hostility from rival tribes and lots of huge and deadly dinosaurs. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Cuando los dinosaurios dominaban la tierra  »

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£566,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Although the film was completed in 1968, Jim Danforth's special effects weren't ready. When the film premiered in 1970, the wait seemed worth it as it garnered Oscar recognition. See more »

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beautiful babes in skimpy loinclothes chased by monkey men and dinosaurs
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how do you tell Victoria Vetri apart from Angela Dorian? The former is a blonde actress and the latter a brunette Playboy centerfold girl. Other than that, they are one and the same person. She's blonde in this film, made by Hammer to cash in on the popularity of their previous cavegirl outing, One Million Years B.C. with Raquel Welch. That's the one that everybody remembers, but want to know something? This is the better film of the two, and so strong that Steven Spielberg contains a homage to it in Jurassic Park. Vetri is fetching enough that we really are willing to suspend our disbelief and buy into the idea of her falling asleep in a cracked open dinosaur egg, waking up in the morning to find the Moma Beast staring at her, and then be adopted by the big thing! Incidentally, Magda Konopka, as her brunette rival for a hunky caveman, is pretty terrific eye candy, too. The special effects are fine, almost impossible to tell apart from those in a Harryhausen film. A strong sense of mini-epic and welcome sense of humor keep this a cut above most films in this genre. And Vetri is one of the unheralded blonde beauties of the screen.


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