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11 February 1977 (USA) See more »
A Land Where Time was Forgotten !
Wealthy big game hunter (Boone), along with his group, gets trapped in pre-historic times where they are stalked by a ferocious dinosaur. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Boone ... Masten Thrust Jr.

Joan Van Ark ... Francesca 'Frankie' Banks
Steven Keats ... Chuck Wade
Luther Rackley ... Bunta
Masumi Sekiya ... Hazel
William Ross ... Hal - Mother 1 Chief Technician
Carl Hansen ... Barney
Tetsu Nakamura ... Dr. Kawamoto
Nancy Magsig ... Thrust's Girl on Plane
Don Maloney ... Mother 1 Captain
Vanessa Cristina ... Reporter
James Dale
Hyôe Enoki
Shunsuke Kariya ... Caveman Leader
Gary Gundersen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Toru Kawai ... Tyrannosaurus
Katsumi Nimiamoto ... Triceratops (front half)

Directed by
Alexander Grasshoff  (as Alex Grasshoff)
Tsugunobu Kotani  (as Tom Kotani)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Overgard 

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Kazuyoshi Kasai .... associate producer
Benni Korzen .... associate producer
Kinshiro Ohkubo .... associate producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Noboru Tsuburaya .... producer: Tsuburaya Productions
Masaki Îzuka .... associate producer
Original Music by
Maury Laws 
Cinematography by
Shôji Ueda  (as Shoji Ueda)
Film Editing by
Minoru Kozono 
Yoshitami Kuroiwa 
Tatsuji Nakashizu 
Production Management
Minoru Kurita .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shohei Tôjô .... assistant director (as Shohei Tojyo)
Art Department
Kazuhiko Fujiwara .... art designer
Sound Department
Yuji Hiyoshi .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Kazuo Ohashi .... production manager: special effects
Kazuo Sagawa .... special effects
Moriake Uematsu .... special effects specialist
Yoshiyuki Yoshimura .... assistant director: special effects
Tetsuzô Ôsawa .... art designer: special effects (as Tetsuzo Ohsawa)
Visual Effects by
Yasuo Kitazawa .... lighting: special effects
Michihisa Miyashige .... optical specialist: special effects
Minoru Nakano .... optical specialist: special effects
Sadao Sato .... cameraman: special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Hisaaki Yoneyama .... lighting technician
Music Department
Kenjiro Hirose .... conductor (as Ken Hirose)
Kenjiro Hirose .... music arranger (as Ken Hirose)
Other crew
Kiyotaka Ugawa .... coordinator

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USA:95 min (TV version) | Japan:106 min (uncut version)
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The T-Rex Costume was also used in "Kyôryû sensô Aizenbôgu" (1977) for Lord Tyrannus.See more »
Factual errors: From the outside, the Bore is noticeably too small to hold five people - it's bigger on the inside shots than the outside.See more »
Wade:You told me! You swore to all of us that we were not going to harm the dinosaur! We were only supposed to take film and study it!
Thrust:You ding-dong!
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
it can easily be enjoyed, if one judges it for what it is: a low-budget flick, 3 November 2007
Author: TheUnknown837-1 from United States

"The Last Dinosaur", the title for a particular late-70s science-fiction flick which was apparently (I'm guessing by a few details in the credits and in the film) a cooperation of American and Japanese film companies. This film was obviously made on an incredibly low budget, which you can judge by many aspects of it shown on the screen. "The Last Dinosaur" is preposterous, has campy effects, redone sound effects that still retain aspects of their original versions, and with the exception of Richard Boone, completely wooden acting. It is a mindless film, and yet, somehow, there is something classic and enjoyable about it. It's a film that cannot be forgotten by those who have seen it. And whether they loved it or hated it, they remember it for being so cheap. Why is it enjoyable, then? I myself don't really know the answer. There's just some things about some films like this that somehow in some way work out.

The title of the film isn't completely accurate, according to the storyline. The so called "last dinosaur" of the film is a humanoid tyrannosaurus rex who sounds uncannily like Godzilla, and is portrayed by a man in a rubber suit. But we see lots of other creatures on screen. We see pterosaurs (which technically aren't dinosaurs, but are still prehistoric creatures), a giant reptilian mistaken to be a ceratopsian. And then we see an actual ceratopsian, a triceratops. So evidently, this T-rex is not alone in his prehistoric world.

The special effects on the film are simply laughable. We are humored by the dinosaurs more than we are frightened by them. There are several instances when the rubber heads of the creature get pushed in and then bounce back out into perfect form again, totally impossible in real life, considering that heads are made of skulls. There is a point in the film when a triceratops falls over onto its side and although we were more than obvious to the fact that it was made by two men in a heavy suit, standing one behind the other, it becomes more obvious in the mentioned scene. First, the guy in the front falls, yet the second guy apparently wasn't timing himself, for the back legs were still standing for a while before they finally realized they had to fall over too.

Casting and acting was wooden, not counting Richard Boone, who was popular as a cinema villain. Here, he is kind of an anti-hero. A womanizer, hunter, tough guy. Yet, even Boone doesn't really save the cast. It's not his acting that was the problem, it was the lines he was given to say. "That's not an alligator, it's a crocodile, and yet I shot it too.", "You ding-dong!", "a great scientific mind was killed by a beast with a brain the size of a dried pea!", and so on and so forth. The other actors were simply horrible at their jobs, maybe excepting the dark-skinned actor who didn't have any dialogue to say. But those people dressed up as a cavemen were perhaps the most hilarious part of the film. Not only being totally unnecessary, but not unexpected plot points, they made me laugh as I watched them walk slowly, swaying their arms from side to side with their mouths hanging open. A lot of characters were also totally unintelligent. Such as a press conference scene, where reporters did not ask enough questions. No logical questions. They didn't even ridicule the idea of a live dinosaur, as they do in most sci-fi flicks.

While "The Last Dinosaur" is totally ludicrous and lacking in intelligence, it is somehow entertaining. Once again, I'll state that I don't know why I enjoyed it. Maybe I just like old cheap monster movies. This is cheaper than any of the old late-60s and 70s Godzilla films in all regards. But whatever, the case, "The Last Dinosaur" was an okay 70s monster movie. It will meet people halfway in terms of their outlooks upon the film. But everybody will describe it as cheap.

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