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The Land That Time Forgot (1974)

During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they ... See full summary »

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Captain Von Schoenvorts
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Lisa Clayton
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Bradley
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Dietz
Godfrey James ...
Borg
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Ahm
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Olson
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Whiteley
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Plesser
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Ron Pember ...
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Grahame Mallard ...
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During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals. Written by Paul White <pwhite@bigfoot.com>

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THE ADVENTURE YOU WILL NEVER FORGET! See more »

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13 August 1975 (USA)  »

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La tierra olvidada por el tiempo  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Amicus cast Stuart Whitman in the lead but AIP refused to finance the film if Whitman starred. so he was fired. See more »

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In the title sequence, a trawler is seen entering port. The trawler clearly has a radar array up-top, bearing in mind the movie is set in a First World War time-frame. See more »

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Bowen Tyler: [narrating] I do not expect anyone to believe the story that I am about to relate. It even seems incredible to me that all that I have passed through, all those weird and terrifying experiences, should have been encompassed within as short a span as three brief months. It must have been a little after 3 o'clock in the afternoon that it began - the afternoon of June 3rd, 1916.
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Hang on. This is better than today's dinosaur films.
18 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

The survivors of a doomed World War 1 ship manage to board and take over the German submarine which sunk them. After a lot of disputing, the sub becomes lost and before long the enigmatic island of Caprona is sighted. Due to desperately low supplies the two crews, who call an uneasy truce, are forced to land the sub and find themselves in a world where prehistoric animals still live.

This is a well-made and highly entertaining film. Doug McClure makes a good hero and the other characters are also interesting and believable, the story is well-paced and the music is suitably atmospheric. The special effects are not always as good as they might be (the giant pterodactyl and the plesiosaur that gets shot at look decidedly fake). But the film is a classic and I certainly found it a lot more memorable and enjoyable than any of the recent dinosaur films.


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