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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 »

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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 ... 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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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 »


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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Allen (Kingsor) also provided the film's opening narration. See more »

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

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When Hammer Ruled the Saturday afternoon movies
25 January 2006 | by kellicough00See all my reviews

Sure this film is filled with all sorts of historical (hysterical) inaccuracies but I bet millions of teens and preteens didn't go to the movie theaters to get a history lesson back in 1970. I know I sure didn't want to see a Discovery Channel documentary when I fed "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" into my DVD player. I wanted to be taken back to an imaginary time that existed in the exciting corners of my brain when I was a kid --- you know, when cavemen fought against big old dinosaurs to stay alive and compete for food. Heck, is the world Hammer created any different than, let's say, the world Hollywood created for "King Kong"? I don't remember anyone complaining about dinosaurs and giant apes supposedly existing in 1930.

But I digress, this is the incredible love story between a caveman (Robin Hawdon) and a cave cutie (Victori Vetri) who have to fight off jealous cave competitors and giant stop-motion dinos to find their place in the sun. If you allow yourself to be transported into this imaginary world, you can really enjoy the story for all it's worth. You have beautiful leads, prehistoric romance, some sex (if you watch the uncut version), volcanoes, battles between cave tribes, dinosaur danger, and a completely made-up language for the dialog. What fun! It's not "Jurassic Park" but even that blockbuster saw fit to pay tribute by naming it's theme park display after this aged little film.

Seen 35 years or so later, the special effects are a little disappointing and I've never seen such good looking cave people before (outside of Raquel Welch, of course). But this is a enjoyable way to pass some time on a Saturday afternoon.


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