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The Land Before Time (1988)

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Five orphan dinosaurs travel the ruins of their world, while grieving the loss of their families and banding together to face the odds of survival.

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Cast

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Ducky (voice)
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Narrator / Rooter (voice)
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Littlefoot (voice)
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Grandfather (voice)
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Daddy Topps (voice)
Candace Hutson ...
Cera (voice)
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Petrie (voice)
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Storyline

An orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot sets off in search of the legendary Great Valley. A land of lush vegetation where the dinosaurs can thrive and live in peace. Along the way he meets four other young dinosaurs, each one a different species, and they encounter several obstacles as they learn to work together in order to survive. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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18 November 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Em Busca do Vale Encantado  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,300,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$48,092,846 (USA)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie refers to animals and/or nature in charming and/or poetic names. These include "green food" for leaves, "The Bright Circle" for the sun, "The Mountains that Burn" for volcanoes, "sharp-tooth" for tyrannosaurs, "tree stars" for particularly beautiful leaves, "flyer" for pterodactyls, "long necks" for brontosauruses, "three-horns" for triceratops, "spike tail" for stegosauri, "The Great Earth Shake" for earthquake, "hopper" for frogs, "big mouth" for whichever species Ducky was, "The Great Valley" for a beautiful valley, and "The Great Circle of life" for life itself. See more »

Goofs

Sharptooth's right eye is meant to be blinded by Littlefoot during their first encounter in the thorns. But you can clearly see Sharptooth with his eye closed as he looks for Littlefoot and Cera before it is injured. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: Once upon this same earth, beneath this same sun, long before you, before the ape and the elephant, as well; before the wolf, the bison, the whale, before the mammoth and the mastodon, in the time of the dinosaurs. Now the dinosaurs were of two kinds. Some had flat teeth, and ate the leaves of trees, and some had sharp teeth for eating meat, and they preyed upon the leaf-eaters. Then it happened that the trees began to die. The mighty beasts who appeared to rule the earth, were, in...
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Soundtracks

If We Hold On Together
Music and Words by James Horner and Will Jennings
Produced by Peter Asher
Performed by Diana Ross
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User Reviews

A great story which has been bastardised with pointless sequels.
7 March 2002 | by (Sherwood Park, Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember first seeing this movie in the theatres!!!! I loved it and I have had it on video for quite some time now. I am older and realise how good this movie is and what it truly means! It's such ashame when great movies like these get destroyed by pointless, stupid sequels which are so childish. This movie has it all! A tale about dinosaurs, friendship, love & family, adventure, hope, and a tale about life itself. You may not physically cry but your heart will.


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