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Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public. Another film featuring the stop-action special effects talents of Ray Harryhausen.Written by
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Special-effects pioneer Willis H. O'Brien began pre-production at the RKO-Pathe Studios on a story by Harold Lamb about a huge T-Rex called "Gwangi", with John Speaks as producer, in 1941. The project was canceled when studio management was changed. See more »
Early on, young Lope tells Tuck Kirby that the arena is two miles outside of the town. This is confirmed by Tuck encountering Professor Bromley's paleontological digs in open desert during his return from his first visit to it. However, at the film's climax the arena is clearly within the town. See more »
In the closing credits cast list, Order #10 is GWANGI See more »
When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1995 when the film was granted a '12' certificate for home video. In 2003, the BBFC later re-rated the film to a 'U' certificate for its DVD release in 2004, this being the same uncut release since certification in 1995. See more »
What's not to like here-James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Naismeth, the excellent Harryhausen Allosaurus F/X, the dino-elephant battle, the cowboys roping the dino scene, etc. Very nicely done. No great acting, of course, and nothing you haven't seen already in Kong or 100 other places, but its what they do with it here that makes it worth yer while.
Personally I always enjoy it when I see it; I think it's one of the better dino flix you can find pre-Jurassic Park.
*** outta ****, esp if you like Harryhousen's stuff.
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