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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

Sanna escapes being sacrificed and meets Tara. Together, they live in a seaside tribe that worships the Sun God and survive the dangers of the creatures from the Mesozoic era.

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Val Guest (written for the screen by), J.G. Ballard (treatment by) (as J.B. Ballard)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Vetri ... Sanna
Robin Hawdon ... Tara
Patrick Allen ... Kingsor / Narrator
Drewe Henley ... Khaku
Sean Caffrey ... Kane
Magda Konopka ... Ulido
Imogen Hassall ... Ayak
Patrick Holt ... Ammon
Jan Rossini ... Rock Girl
Carol Hawkins Carol Hawkins ... Yani (as Carol-Anne Hawkins)
Maria O'Brien Maria O'Brien ... Omah
Connie Tilton Connie Tilton ... Sand Mother
Maggie Lynton Maggie Lynton ... Rock Mother
Jimmy Lodge Jimmy Lodge ... Fisherman
Billy Cornelius Billy Cornelius ... Hunter
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Storyline

Set in the ancient (movie) past when people and dinosaurs live side-by-side, a small, struggling tribe sacrifice a blonde to their sun-god in return for protection from the giant creatures that prey upon them. Sanna, one of the sacrificial offerings, escapes when a freak storm interrupts the ceremony. As she searches for a safe haven, she encounters hostility from both rival tribes and many huge, and deadly, beasts. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A Hammer film greater than 'ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.' See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

Hammer's publicity department worked with Playboy magazine to produce a nude photo spread of Victoria Vetri showing more flesh than she was allowed to in the North American version of the film. See more »

Goofs

Dinosaurs had already been extinct for millions of years before the human species in its now recognizable form appeared on earth. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: A time of beginnings, of darkness, of light, of the sun, the earth, the sea, of man.
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Alternate Versions

The original 1970 UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit some scenes of violence for an 'A' certificate including the fights with the snake, the pterodactyl and the man-eating plant. The film was re-released for cinema in 1980 and this print was culled from the edited U.S print, though the UK censors removed all traces of nudity. This latter version was the print released on Warner video in 1988. See more »

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Referenced in Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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Nostalgic tool for prepuebescent development
19 February 2004 | by sober_gaijinSee all my reviews

"When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth," like its predecessor "One Million Years B.C." was one of those great movies when I was a kid that helped ease my transition from comic-book-reading, baseball-card-collecting dinosaur geek to comic-book-reading, baseball-card-collecting chick freak. I was seven when it was released, and I still remember the TV airwaves saturated with advertising. I whined and screamed and begged my brother to take me, and he did. Great part was, we caught this flick as part of a double-feature with Harryhausen's "Valley of Gwangi." Eat your heart out, stop-motion animation fans!

Perhaps because of the great childhood experiences surrounding this movie, there's a kid-voice in my head that still sees it as near-flawless cinema. But in all honesty, it's just G-rated exploitation in the purest sense of the word. The dinosaurs in the movie promos draw the young boys in, and once their behinds are in the seats they slowly become less cognizant of the prehistoric beasts and more cognizant of the way Victoria Vetri's cave tunic gives her breasts that extra lift or the way her legs seem to be constantly shimmering with sweat. Even at seven I noticed this, which is why "Dinosaurs" provided a great transition into puberty for me half a decade before it actually hit. A lot of fun, this, but don't mistake it for art. Watch it for the beasts and the (scantily clad but not naked) boobs, toss in a bag of microwave popcorn and a few beers. It may be G-rated but it's still kind'a fun.


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Country:

UK

Language:

Aboriginal | English

Release Date:

17 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP566,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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