A 13-year-old girl and her older brother live on a farm where paleontologists search for fossils.



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Complete credited cast:
Jack McCabe
Adult Julia
Fred Creath
Bill Switzer ...
Daniel Creath
Wendy Anderson ...
Sarah Creath
Betty Jean
Julia Creath
Reverend Smythe
Hump Hinton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Badger ...
Jim Deer (as Russel Badger)
Alan Bratt ...
Townsman #1
Jocelyn Forgues ...
Doctor Thomas
Jean Freeman ...
Mrs. Customer
Bill Hugli ...


Young girl Julia (Alison Pill) and her older brother Daniel (Bill Switzer) befriends paleontologist Jack McCabe(Simon MacCorkindale), who is looking for an entire dinosaur skeleton. Jack and the kids make exciting discoveries, rival dinosaur hunter Hump Hinton(Christopher Plummer)arrives and starts trouble for them. The film is based on a novel by Pam Conrad. This family-friendly drama takes place in a farming community in Canda. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure unearthed.


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Release Date:

5 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Schatz der Dinosaurier  »

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Simon MacCorkindale, who plays the lead here, played Capt. Von Trapp in the Sound of Music on stage in London, one of his final roles. Christopher Plummer, who plays Hump Hinton here, played Capt. Von Trapp in the original movie the Sound of Music. See more »

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Thanks to Scott McPherson
28 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I picked this movie from a bargain bin, which makes it that much more of a "find" for my family movie collection. I was not aware of this movie when it was released (I'm not sure how it was released -- theaters, TV, or direct to DVD), I guess some good stuff falls through the cracks! The acting is very good as is the plot -- the issues related to a difficult pregnancy may be a bit heavy for younger children, but they are portrayed in a very real and honest manner. The issue of ownership of dinosaur fossils portrayed in the movie is as relevant today as illustrated by the legal action surrounding the ownership of "Sue" -- the most complete T-Rex skeleton found to date that is now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. The movie also hearkens back to the story of Mary Anning, who found the first complete Icthyosaur skeleton when she was a young girl living in Lyme Regis, England. I have an eight-year old aspiring paleontologist and a five-year old, and both loved the film. Great family viewing -- thanks for supporting it Scott!

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