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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for ... See full summary »

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Val Guest (written for the screen by), J.G. Ballard (treatment by) (as J.B. Ballard)
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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 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 past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for protection from the giant lizards and other creatures that preys on them. Sanna, one of the sacrificial offerings, finds herself on her own when a freak storm interrupts the ceremony. As she searches for a safe haven she encounters hostility from rival tribes and lots of huge and deadly dinosaurs. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Enter an age of unknown terrors, pagan worship and virgin sacrifice... See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

Aboriginal | English

Release Date:

17 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando los dinosaurios dominaban la tierra See more »

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Budget:

£566,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Originally the film was to include a tyrannosaurus, but the very conservative head of Hammer ordered Val Guest and Jim Danforth to remove the creature because he thought the creature's stance feigned the stereotypical stance of gay men. See more »

Alternate Versions

Several nude scenes were filmed, but tend to be excluded from the U.S. version of the movie. They include: Robin Hawdon and Victoria Vetri's love-making in the cave and the scene where they both go skinny-dipping. The aforementioned nude scenes are featured in the U.K. version (as Victoria Vetri revealed in a 1984 interview). See more »

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Featured in The Horror Hall of Fame (1974) See more »

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Is there any chance of a dubbed edition?
13 June 1999 | by G.SpiderSee all my reviews

Ray Harryhausen was busy on another project when this film was made, so other animators had to be hired. While the dinosaurs in this follow-up to 'One Million Years BC' are excellent, the film sadly leaves a lot to be desired.

In 'One Million', dialogue was kept to a minimum, but here there are entire conversations in stone-age language, the same words seeming to have many different meanings. It's like watching a foreign film with no subtitles. In 'One Million', the scantily-clad cave-folk were put into the film to make it more palatable to audiences who would not otherwise go to see dinosaur films, but in 'When Dinosaurs ruled the Earth', the monsters seem to play second fiddle to decidedly uninteresting sub-plots about adultery, human sacrifice and the like. The dinosaur scenes here are good, but the creatures themselves have none of the presence they had in the first film. There is no sense of awe and wonder in this film and the music is decidedly humdrum. And it would have helped if there were more dinosaur sequences. The biggest con in this film must be the fact that there isn't even a Tyrannosaur/Allosaur-type dinosaur. Instead, all we get is a Beast From 20,000 Fathoms lookalike who thinks Victoria Vetri is its young and comes across as pretty twee and about as frightening as Barney. And why on earth did they throw in footage from that dreadful 1960 'Lost World' showing two lizards with spikes and fins glued to them fighting?

If you're a fan of dinosaurs, which I am, then this film is worth seeing for the dinosaur sequences, but just don't expect another 'One Million Years BC'.


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