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The Land Unknown (1957)

Three men and a woman crash-land in a deep crater in Antarctica, where they find a prehistoric world.

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Complete credited cast:
... Commander Harold Roberts
... Margaret Hathaway (as Shawn Smith)
... Lt. Jack Carmen
... Dr. Carl Hunter
... Capt. Burnham (as Douglas R. Kennedy)
... Steve Miller
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On a naval expedition to Antarctica, three men and reporter Maggie Hathaway crash-land in a crater 1000 m below sea level. There, they encounter steamy tropical forest, dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and human footprints, as Maggie's clothes become more and more abbreviated. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THRILLS...IN A PARADISE OF HIDDEN TERRORS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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30 October 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Flug zur Hölle  »

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At the beginning of the film, LT Carmen is wearing the "aviation green" uniform. This uniform was for naval aviation personnel from 1925 to until finally in 2011. The uniform was rarely seen due to restrictions put on it by senior commanders and naval regulations. See more »

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Cdr Roberts sends Steve and Maggie back to the helicopter when they are faced with the T-Rex for the first time. In the next shot with the T-Rex in the foreground, you can see Steve and Maggie hurrying off, however it is an unnaturally fast speed showing that the film has been sped up at this point. See more »

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[first lines]
Capt. Burnham: Your goal, gentlemen: Antarctica. Five million square miles of terra incognate, but your job to make it just a little less incognate.
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Featured in The Classic Sci-Fi Ultimate Collection: Volume 2 (2011) See more »

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Almost a Great Movie
24 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

A military mapping operation goes awry and lands a helicopter in a hidden volcanic crater with live dinosaurs.

This movie oozes potential. A reasonable script, decent actors, good pacing, spectacular sets, and the grandeur of CinemaScope. Then you see the dinosaurs.... oh lord, do you ever. One can easily see where their budget ran dry. The movie employs the two worst methods of portraying dinosaurs, and doesn't even do it well. However, the compositing is nearly seamless, so if it were possible, one could become convinced that the producers managed to find a 20 foot tall man to wear a full size Tyrannosaurus costume.

Aside from the special effects, the movie is quite good, nearly rising above B-movie status. The actors all seem for the most part, naturalistic. They all seem to find the line between flat and hammy. The movie never wastes much time on non-essential plot elements, and the running time works out quite well.

Recommanded for those who love the genre type, be it dinosaurs or jungle movies.


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