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Where Time Began (1977)
"Viaje al centro de la Tierra" (original title)

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Like in the novel of Jules Verne four persons try to get to the centre of the world by entering into a world of caves by a volcano. On their way they discover among other things also ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pep Munné ...
Ivonne Sentis ...
Frank Braña ...
Jack Taylor ...
José María Caffarel ...
Professor (as José Mª Caffarel)
Emiliano Redondo ...
Prof. Kristoff
Lone Fleming ...
Ricardo Palacios ...
Train ticket collector
George Rigaud ...
Professor (as Jorge Rigaud)
Fabián Conde
Ana del Arco
Manuel Pereiro
Barta Barri ...
Ángel Álvarez ...


Like in the novel of Jules Verne four persons try to get to the centre of the world by entering into a world of caves by a volcano. On their way they discover among other things also prehistoric animals like some dinosaurs. Written by Volker Boehm

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campy but not all that bad
4 March 2003 | by (seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

"Where Time Began" is an adaptation of Jules Verne's "Journey to the Center of the Earth", with some variations to make it more salable (such as a love interest). It seems to have been aimed at a juvenile audience and is in the same vein as the Kevin Connors/Amicus Studios adaptations of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Like many genre films, "Where Time Began" has very hokey characters and dialogue. The ineptitude with which the journey to the center of the earth is conducted is quite startling, in fact. The stupidity of their dialogue (especially the exchanges between Glauben and her idiotic fiancee Axel) gives the film a strong tone of campiness and unintentional humor. When Olsen shows up to rescue them midway through and complains that he's had to listen to their stupid chatter for the past ten miles, the viewer can commiserate. However, given the fact that it is a low budget film, the sets, photography and giant creature special effects are actually pretty good, and they manage to maintain some atmosphere throughout the production. Once the characters arrive in the pseudo-prehistoric world at the center of the earth, the film especially picks up, and the revelation of the origin of Olsen provides an interesting twist. For this reason, "Where Time Began" is a reasonable entry in the journey-to-a-lost-world genre.

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