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Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)

A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that ... See full summary »

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Mary Appleseth ...
Cindy
Harvey Shain ...
Harvey Baylor
Derna Wylde ...
Derna Lee
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Mike (as Michael Thayer)
Chuck Pennington ...
Chuck
Charlotte Speer ...
Charlotte
Louie Lawless ...
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Pamela Bottaro ...
Nyla
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Jim
Michael Lee ...
Charlotte's Son
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A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that there are dinosaurs on the planet, and blood-thirsty buggers at that. The crew hopes to be found and rescued, but they have to struggle to survive until then. Written by Fredrik Ramsberg <d91frera@und.ida.liu.se>

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27 August 1979 (Sweden)  »

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Chuck Pennington spends almost the entire movie bare-chested. See more »

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Several buildings can be seen in the background of one walking scene on the titular planet. See more »

Quotes

Jim: He only did what he thought was right, Lee.
Capt. Lee Norsythe: No, Jim. Nobody does what he thinks is right. You all do what I think is right. I'm in command here.
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The perfect movie?
22 February 2003 | by (Rochester, NY) – See all my reviews

You could argue that the costumes are dated, the effects are unconvincing (at least to the Jurassic Park generation), and the acting is mediocre, and I probably wouldn't be able to refute you. This is a B-movie after all, and from the 70's no less. But in many ways, Planet of the Dinosaurs is the perfect movie. First of all, the movie is as plausible as can be hoped for in the genre of "astronauts stranded on prehistoric planet." The characters behave in a way that you can believe, their reactions to circumstances seem like those real people might have in that situation. Unlike a lot of sci-fi B-movies, this one has a strong inter-character plot. The main conflict is between Lee, the inexperienced and unsure captain, and Jim, his brawny action-minded subordinate. The conflict develops slowly as the castaways' situation becomes more dire, pitting Lee's "play it safe" philosophy with Jim's "kill or be killed" mindset. Comic relief is provided by a Gabe Kaplan-esque Harvey, the company man in charge of the doomed mission, and the (almost) quick-witted crewman Mike.

And in addition to the action, the effects (which were good for the time), and the character developments, the musical score stands out as exceptional. The score is provided mostly by synthesizer, and gives a strange, otherworldy yet technological feel to the movie. I watched this movie a lot as a kid, being interested in both space and dinosaurs, and when I noticed the DVD I decided I just needed to have it. Since then, I've grown just as fond of it as I was when I was young, and my friends too have realized the opus of charm and fantasy that is Planet of the Dinosaurs.


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