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The Last Dinosaur (1977)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 11 February 1977 (USA)
A wealthy big game hunter and his group become trapped in prehistoric times where they are stalked by a ferocious dinosaur.


Alexander Grasshoff (as Alex Grasshoff), Tsugunobu Kotani (as Tsugunobu 'Tom' Kotani)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Boone ... Masten Thrust Jr.
Joan Van Ark ... Francesca 'Frankie' Banks
Steven Keats ... Chuck Wade
Luther Rackley Luther Rackley ... Bunta
Masumi Sekiya Masumi Sekiya ... Hazel
William Ross William Ross ... Hal - Mother 1 Chief Technician
Carl Hansen Carl Hansen ... Barney
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Dr. Kawamoto
Nancy Magsig Nancy Magsig ... Thrust's Girl on Plane
Don Maloney Don Maloney ... Mother 1 Captain
Vanessa Cristina Vanessa Cristina ... Reporter
James Dale James Dale
Hyôe Enoki Hyôe Enoki
Shunsuke Kariya Shunsuke Kariya ... Caveman Leader
Gary Gundersen Gary Gundersen


Science has announced the discovery of a lost land hidden inside the warm pocket of a dormant volcano under the polar ice cap. Masten Thrust, a billionaire oil tycoon and big-game hunter, is recruited to lead a team there to study the last living dinosaurs. Upon arriving, Thrust and his team find that the hidden world is populated with both dinosaurs and prehistoric humans. While the humans give the explorers a fair bit of trouble, the real danger is the hungry tyrannosaur intent on making lunch out of the Great White Hunter and his crew. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Did You Know?


This film was shot in English. One of the reasons Japanese actor Satoshi (Tetsu) Nakamura was cast as Dr. Kawamoto was his excellent command of the English language. See more »


From the outside, the Bore is noticeably too small to hold five people - it's bigger on the inside shots than the outside. See more »


Thrust's girlfriend: What's this?
Thrust: It's a solid gold bullet.
Thrust's girlfriend: What am I supposed to do with this? I can't... I can't wear this!
Thrust: Well, if times get really tough, you can bite on it!
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Alternate Versions

The very rare Japanese laserdisc (released by Columbia) is in English, uncut (running 106mins) and properly letterboxed (at a ratio of 1:85). On the downside, their are japanese subtitles on the very bottom of the picture (not black bar area). See more »


The Last Dinosaur
Sung by Nancy Wilson
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Arranged and Conducted by Bernard Hoffer
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Not Bad Dinosaur Film.
23 September 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Richard Boone plays billionaire Masten Thrust, an oil tycoon and big game hunter who leads a scientific expedition to explore a lost land in a dormant volcano under the polar ice cap. Joining him are scientists played by Joan Van Ark and Steven Keats, as well as a renowned Japanese scientist who doesn't last very long...seems that a T-Rex is out to get them, and it will prove to be the biggest challenge of Thrust's career.

Reasonably entertaining yarn is fun for kids, but also has themes of obsession and tragedy that will appeal to adults. Sure, compared to the "Jurassic Park" films the F/X here are primitive, but at the time, were impressive, and hold up OK. Not especially original, but does have a fitting end. On DVD from Warner Archive collection.

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