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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1969 (UK)
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A cowboy named Tuck Kirby 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.

Director:

Jim O'Connolly (as James O'Connolly)

Writers:

William Bast (screenplay) (as William E. Bast), Julian More (additional material)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Franciscus ... Tuck Kirby
Gila Golan ... T.J.
Richard Carlson ... Champ
Laurence Naismith ... Professor Bromley
Freda Jackson ... Tia Zorina - the Witch
Gustavo Rojo ... Carlos
Dennis Kilbane Dennis Kilbane ... Rowdy
Mario De Barros Mario De Barros ... Bean
Curtis Arden Curtis Arden ... Lope
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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 Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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Cowboys Battle Monsters in the Lost World of Forbidden Valley.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Valley--Where Time Stood Still See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Due to a mishearing of the word "fuck" by the BBFC, the 1995 video release was wrongly given a "12" certificate. This was corrected for the 2003 DVD and the rating changed to a "U" certificate. See more »

Goofs

When the spectators flee from the arena, one ticket booth is knocked over, leaving the open side facing up. In later shots a closed side faces up, and still later this same booth disappears completely. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carlos: [yelling across a canyon] Miguel!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Somewhere South of the Rio Grande . . . . . . . At the turn of the Century See more »

Alternate Versions

Many local TV stations delete the scene in which Gwangi, the allosaur, kills a circus elephant, claiming the scene depicts cruelty to animals. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Gypsy Flamenco
(uncredited)
Music by Roland Harker
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Cowboys lasso carnivorous creatures from the past.
8 July 2001 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Special effects master Ray Harryhausen is at the top of his game. What sounds corny turns out to be a very interesting cult classic. Jim O'Connolly directs this western meets science fiction thriller about cowboys discovering a lost valley of prehistoric monsters/creatures. These historical finds are then suppose to be the show saving performers in a traveling circus.

This turns out to be one the best dino movies you will ever see. The stop-motion animation is blended so well, it should take top billing. So many other movies are so fake in appearance...this project sticks out like a masterpiece.

The cast includes James Franciscus, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith and the alluring Miss Gila Golan.


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