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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.

Director:

Kevin Connor

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

This Was The Day The 20th Century Met The Primeval World Face-To-Face! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Director Kevin Connor said "Doug McClure was a great asset. In fight scenes he was especially good due to his hours of American TV action films. He knew exactly where the camera was at all times and threw punches precisely where the effect would work for the screen. He was always co-operative and came up with many ideas." See more »

Goofs

When Dietz is fighting Olson with the burning log, in one shot the log is not burning and in the next it has re-ignited itself. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Radetzky March
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Music by Johann Strauss Sr.
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Very Enjoyable Despite The Flaws
29 December 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

When I was a young boy of eight years old I saw this at my my local cinema . In those days it cost 15 pence ( A fair amount of money for an eight year old child ) to get in . I actually saw it two or three times which eat up my pocket money bit I certainly thought it was money well spent since in those days I enjoyed war films and monster films . Yesterday morning Channel 4 broadcast it at 6 am which seems a ridiculous time to broadcast anything never mind a fondly remembered fantasy adventure movie but I looked forward to seeing it again if only to see how well it stands up as entertainment today . Would my cherished memories be hurt ? Do I have nice memories about THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT simply down to nostalgia ?

To be honest I think the answer is a resounding no . Right from the opening title sequence where Douglas Gamley's score sums up the downbeat feature of the story we the audience are treated to a fantasy adventure that is a little bit different . You could point out the first half of the movie is somewhat repetitive as the Germans and Brits get one over on one another but in amongst all this is some serious debate on wartime morality , allied civilian ships carrying weapons of war for example which shows no one has a monopoly on self righteousness when the battle lines are drawn and the theories of Nietzsche are also touched upon . What'd you mean this is a childish film ?

No doubt the people who watched this at the cinema on its release where more interested in prehistoric monsters than 19th century philosophy and it's not till half way through that the U-boat reaches the ancient island of Caprona which is inhabited by rubber dinosaurs and troglodytes . Yeah okay the monsters especially the pterodactyls are not very convincing but I've seen worse . It's also interesting to that this part of the movie replaces Nietzsche with Darwinisnm and I don't know if it's deliberate but this concept fits in perfectly well with the sequel THE PEOPLE THAT TIME FORGOT . How many times have you seen a sequel that almost contradicts the original movie ? This makes THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT something of a stand out movie alongside the very pessimistic final act

I fail to see how anyone can actively dislike this movie . I agree that the special effects are far from brilliant but look beyond the FX and you'll see a very intelligent piece of fantasy adventure . The very fact that it has a sense of wonder and a truly haunting ending sets it apart from many other movies of its ilk like WARLORDS OF ATLANTIS and AT THE EARTHS CORE and nostalgia or not I certainly enjoyed seeing it again


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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

13 August 1975 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

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

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1.85 : 1
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