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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 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caprona - Das vergessene Land See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (colour) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Bradley was offered to Patrick Mower. See more »

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During the opening credits a sealed cylinder is shown floating in the ocean and eventually washed ashore. A sailor finds and opens it, retrieving some scrolls from inside. As he reads it, the cap changes between on and off the cylinder between shots. See more »

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[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
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Music by Johann Strauss Sr.
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Adventure yarn with some spectacular scenarios and pretty fierce monsters
10 July 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Fantastic and amusing adventures full of monsters in lost continent by Kevin Connor and based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs . At the beginning of the film , during World War I , a German submarine sinks a Brit boat and takes the survivors on board. The submarine takes them to the unknown land of Antartica called Caprona . At the sub are reunited the U-boat German captain (John McEnery) piloting his ship along with Owen Tyler (Doug McClure) and Lisa (Susan Penhaligon) , among others . The group takes a wrong turn and descend over a barren land and meet some primitive men , Neardentals and prehistoric animals . They have to deal with numerous risks, dangers, endure torrential landslide, shakesands, volcano, cavemen warriors, dinosaurs and discover a lost tribe .

This engaging adaptation is a special version of the Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure yarn . There are rip-roaring action, spirit of adventure, derring-do, thrills, and results to be quite entertaining. It's a brief fun with average special effects , passable set decoration , functional art direction and none use of computer generator. This fantasy picture packs thrills, action, weird monsters, lively pace and fantastic scenarios . The monsters are the real stars of this production and its chief attribute. The tale is silly and laughable but the effects and action are quite well. Among the most spectacular of its visuals there are a Pterodactilus roaring menacingly towards the camera, a little tableau comprising attack of a giant monsters and the colorful backgrounds of the lost land . Some monsters are clumsily made but movie is OK . Highlights of the adventure includes a roller-coaster trip towards unknown land in South America , and appearance of prehistoric reptile such as Pterodactilus, Stegosaurius, and Tiranosaurious . In addition the final scenes where appears breathtaking volcanic eruptions and thunderous explosions . Some illogical parts in the argument are more than compensated for the excitement provided by Roger Dicken's monsters, though sometimes are a little bit cheesy. Filmed in glimmer cinematography by Alan Hume on location in Santa Cruz De La Palma , Tenerife(Canary Islands) and Shepperton studios , Surrey England . Adequate and stirring musical score by Douglas Gamley. This one turns out to be an acceptable collaboration between producers Milton Subotsky , Max Rosemberg and director Kevin Connor who also made in similar style : ¨All the Earth's core(76)¨, ¨Warlord of Atlantis(1978)¨, mostly starred by Doug McClure and with Dicken as the monster-maker. It's followed by ¨People that time forgot¨ in which an expedition undergoing a trip in search for Tyler (Doug McClure) who has been missing in that region for many years . The film will appeal to kids who swallow whole and sit convulsed in their armchair.


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