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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 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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Storyline

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.


Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

In the closing credits cast list, Order #10 is GWANGI See more »

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Gypsy Flamenco
(uncredited)
Music by Roland Harker
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User Reviews

Good little movie....hidden gem.
29 July 2001 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

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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