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A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955)

Cesta do praveku (original title)
Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites.

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Karel Zeman

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William Cayton (USA version), J.A. Novotný | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Vladimír Bejval ... Jirka / Jo-Jo
Petr Herrman Petr Herrman ... Toník / Tony
Zdenek Hustak Zdenek Hustak ... Jenda / Ben
Josef Lukás Josef Lukás ... Petr / Doc
James Lucas James Lucas ... Doc (US version) (as James Lukas)
Victor Betral Victor Betral ... Joe / Jo-Jo (US version)
Charles Goldsmith Charles Goldsmith ... Ben (US version)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Petr Herrmann Petr Herrmann
Kerry Mark Joels Kerry Mark Joels ... Doc (voice)
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Four young boys visit a dinosaur exhibit at the New York city Museum of Natural History. They then row out onto Central Park Lake where they find a secret cave and paddle into a wondrous prehistoric world filled with the very dinosaurs they had just seen. Written by Ørnås

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Four boys living the excitement every boy dreams about in the most fantastic adventure of any age!


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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

1966 (USA) See more »

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The serialized version of this movie was shown on television children shows. The most famous being Garfield Goose and Friends (1952) would often show this version during its run in five minute increments. This was the version that began with the boys in the USA. See more »

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Jo Jo retrieves the diary and stows it on his chest under his shirt, thereby soaking his shirt. As he's then returning to the other three boys, his shirt is dry. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. version was distributed in two formats in 1960: as a full length feature film, and in a serialized form designed for daily television airings. The serial version ran in segments approximately 5 minutes long. See more »

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Unique prehistoric Aventurefilm
17 June 2000 | by psychocosmicSee all my reviews

This is surely a unique film. Although I possess only the US-version with the added scenes where 4 kids are visiting the Museum of Natural History and as they wander through the halls of giant prehistoric skeletons one of the boys stops by a "model" of a native indian and starts dreaming the very journey the original Czechian film is about.

With a boat they find by the shore of a river they journey downstream and to their astonishment they find that the wildlife on the fastland is prehistoric. The longer they travel the more ancient the animals. Its a kind of an educational kiddie movie without any melodramatic plot,but the whole business is fascinating as the kids who are trapped on the "river of evolution" must from time to time seek shelter on land. They confront a mammoth and a lurking caveman. From the Tertiarian Age they are attacked by a Diatryma bird and see a living prehistoric world exhibited in a way very unusual from other prehistoric adventures. The special effects are invented by the director himself, and works very well and the atmosphere of living prehistory is still unsurpassed, I think.

As they travel further down the river they meet dinosaurs and pterosaurs and finally they are forced to cross a Carbonian swampland infested by amphibians and insects until they reach the end or should I say, the Beginning: An endless Ocean where Life started. This plot was reprised in the british film Land That Time Forgot (`74).

A warm and educational movie (although we know more about Evolution today), I can recommend to everyone with that timegazing eye.


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