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The Land That Time Forgot (1974)

During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.


Kevin Connor


Edgar Rice Burroughs (novel), James Cawthorn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug McClure ... Bowen Tyler
John McEnery ... Captain Von Schoenvorts
Susan Penhaligon ... Lisa Clayton
Keith Barron ... Bradley
Anthony Ainley ... Dietz
Godfrey James Godfrey James ... Borg
Bobby Parr ... Ahm
Declan Mulholland Declan Mulholland ... Olson
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ... Whiteley
Ben Howard Ben Howard ... Benson
Roy Holder ... Plesser
Andrew McCulloch ... Sinclair
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Jones
Grahame Mallard Grahame Mallard ... Deusett
Andrew Lodge Andrew Lodge ... Reuther


After a German U-Boat sinks their ship, several survivors manage to take control of the boat. Bowen Tyler is the son of an American shipbuilder and Captain Bradley an experienced seaman. After several tussles with the German crew, they find themselves on a strange island. There they find a place where several stages of Earth's evolution co-exist at the same time. As a result several types of humans are found as well as prehistoric dinosaurs. There are also active volcanoes which all add up to a challenge to survive. Written by garykmcd

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Prepare for a trip into the unknown with a screen epic packed with monsters and thrills! See more »


Adventure | Fantasy


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Did You Know?


The real U-33 of World War One served in the Mediterranean and survived the war. See more »


The German crewmen all carry the "Artillery Model" P-08 Luger pistol with a tangent rear sight mounted on a 200 mm (7.9 in) barrel. This model was used by Army troops and not Navy sailors, who should be carrying the Navy P-04 with a 150 mm (5.9 in) barrel and a two-position rear sight on the toggle.

The producers may have been forced to use incorrect pistols because the Navy P-04 is considerably more rare, ironically because many were sent to the bottom of the ocean together with the U-boat crewmen carrying them. See more »


[first lines]
Bowen Tyler: [narrating] I do not expect anyone to believe the story that I am about to relate. It even seems incredible to me that all that I have passed through, all those weird and terrifying experiences, should have been encompassed within as short a span as three brief months. It must have been a little after 3 o'clock in the afternoon that it began - the afternoon of June 3rd, 1916.
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Radetzky March
Music by Johann Strauss Sr.
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One of my all time favorites.
9 January 2001 | by magellan333See all my reviews

I love this movie! It proves that it is not special effects that carry a movie, but a good believable story. That is proved because most of the effects used in the film are not good. However the acting is and so is the story! None of the characters appear "cartoonish" with maybe the exception of the pre historic man. But heck, we don't know what pre historic men were like so it doesn't hamper the story. Doug McClure is a very solid lead with the submarine captain in a superb supporting role. The other German officer makes a great villain. This is one of my favorites of all time! Even it's sequel, "The People Time Forgot" wasn't bad. **** out of 5.

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English | German

Release Date:

13 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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