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The Dinosaur Hunter (2000)

TV Movie  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  5 August 2000 (USA)
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A 13-year-old girl and her older brother live on a farm where paleontologists search for fossils.

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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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The FEATURE-LENGTH Dinosaur Hunter
10 March 2004 | by (Edmonton, Alberta) – See all my reviews

I'm not sure how the titles got confused, but I see there is a review of this title, but it's not for this film.

The Dinosaur Hunter is NOT an educational video in a museum--it is an award-winning feature length movie that was nominated (amongst other brilliant work from around the world), for Best Movie at the prestigious Banff Television Festival. For those Canadians who have a national insecurity complex, the Banff Festival is regarded as one of the important in the industry world-wide. Other winners in various categories have included FRASIER, NYPD BLUE as well as many other prominent international productions.

I know all of this because I was the network executive in charge of the project. In the end, it is a family movie and is not designed to appeal outside of that demographic. But as a movie for kids, I have to say it was one of the projects I was most proud of during my tenure. Testing demonstrated that, to most of its audience, the film is exciting--filled with the sorts of activities that kids dream of doing.

Rick Stevenson is a talented director and Edwina Follows did a wonderful job of adapting the book by Pam Conrad. The production team that worked with them also did fine work.

Of course, my opinion is merely that, and since I chose to invest in the film through my office, it's obvious that I saw value in it. But since Banff did too, I feel very genuinely that the film is worth a look for families looking for quality viewing.


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