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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sanna
... Tara
... Kingsor / Narrator
... Khaku
Sean Caffrey ... Kane
... Ulido
... Ayak
... Ammon
... Rock Girl
Carol Hawkins ... Yani (as Carol-Anne Hawkins)
... Omah
Connie Tilton ... Sand Mother
Maggie Lynton ... Rock Mother
Jimmy Lodge ... Fisherman
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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17 March 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuando los dinosaurios dominaban la tierra  »

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£566,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.75 : 1
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A 27-word "caveman language" was devised for this movie, supposedly drawing on Phoenician, Latin, and Sanskrit sources. Some of the key words in this language are: "neecha" is "stop" or "come back"; "zak" is "gone" or "left"; "akita" is "look" or "see"; "neecro" is "bad" or "evil"; "m'kan" is "kill" or "killed"; "mata" is "dead"; "yo kita" is "go". See more »

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Campy fun
26 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've got to say this film is a lot of fun. The dinosaur effects were excellent for 1970, and the integration of the stop-motion footage with the live-action still has me wondering "How did they do that?" The film's female lead, Victoria Vetri, is my easily my favorite ex-Playmate actress; she's relentlessly beautiful in the role of Sanna, and surprisingly enough, her performance is as engaging and convincing as one could hope for in a "prehistoric" role. The location shooting is also a plus. All in all, it's a film to enjoy in spite of its silliness, and to laugh along with; not exactly "Citizen Kane", but one of the finest bad movies in existence.


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