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Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)

A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that ... See full summary »


James K. Shea


Ralph Lucas (screenplay), Jim Aupperle (story) (as James Aupperle)

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Complete credited cast:
Mary Appleseth Mary Appleseth ... Cindy
Harvey Shain Harvey Shain ... Harvey Baylor
Derna Wylde Derna Wylde ... Derna Lee
Max Thayer ... Mike (as Michael Thayer)
Chuck Pennington Chuck Pennington ... Chuck
Charlotte Speer Charlotte Speer ... Charlotte
Louie Lawless Louie Lawless ... Capt. Lee Norsythe
Pamela Bottaro Pamela Bottaro ... Nyla
James Whitworth ... Jim
Michael Lee Michael Lee ... Charlotte's Son


A space-ship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that there are dinosaurs on the planet, and blood-thirsty buggers at that. The crew hopes to be found and rescued, but they have to struggle to survive until then. Written by Fredrik Ramsberg <d91frera@und.ida.liu.se>

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Trapped in a nightmare world of prehistoric monsters See more »


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Release Date:

27 August 1979 (Sweden) See more »

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Planet of the Dinosaurs See more »

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Deathbeast Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


All the cast members signed partial deferments for repayment after this film was finished and released. Moreover, actress Derna Wylde claims she was never paid the balance promised by her contract following the completion of the movie. See more »


Several buildings can be seen in the background of one walking scene on the titular planet. See more »


Capt. Lee Norsythe: Ugh! How can you drink that stuff?
Nyla: It's only the first drink that's so bad; after that, your taste-buds are dead from alcoholic poisoning.
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Worthwhile Grade Z Dinosaur Adventure
12 March 2014 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Remember the first 40 minutes of the original "Planet of the Apes" in which the surviving team of a spacecraft explore the desert-like environment of the mysterious planet wherein they crash? (It was the best part of the movie, except for the very end). Okay, imagine that scenario for an entire 84 minute flick, albeit WITHOUT notable actors, great soundtrack and first-rate filmmaking; not to mention replace the apes with dinosaurs. If you can picture that, and it sounds like your cup of java, you might want to pick up "Planet of the Dinosaurs."

This film is so amateurishly done on most levels that the average person would likely rate it pretty low. I grant it 5/10 Stars, however, for five reasons:

  • The picture was filmed at Vasquez Rocks, Northeast of Los Angeles (I visited this park in July of 2003). If you're not in the know, this location is where many of the original Star Trek episodes where filmed, such as "Arena" wherein Captain Kirk fights the Lizardman.

  • The stop-motion dinosaur animation is very good for the time period and, I hear, won some kind of an award when the film was released in the late '70s. It's pretty much on a par with "One Million Years B.C."

  • There are four (count 'em, four) female survivors of the space wreck and two of them are babes (the other two aren't that bad either, that is, if you're stranded on a deserted planet). One beauty unfortunately gets eaten almost immediately, but the other survives for quite awhile. The latter, by the way, appears to be of Native American ancestry and her tight outfit shows off her midrift and bellybutton the entire stint she appears in the film. And, trust me, if you have any doubt that American Indian women can be truly beautiful, you need to see this fine piece of womanhood.

  • After the first 20-30 minutes I was able to mentally adjust and accept the film's limitations; I strangely started to get into the story at this point and even care about the characters.

  • Lastly, this is definitely not a kiddy flick, nor is it goofy, comedic or even campy. It's a serious sci-fi story.

If "Planet of the Dinosaurs" had better actors, sound, music and worked out various other kinks in the story, direction, etc. I would give it a higher rating.

BOTTOM LINE: It's worth picking up if (like me) you're a sucker for Sci-fi survival-on-deserted-planet type flicks. Just keep in mind it's strictly Grade Z and mental adjustments will have to be made to appreciate it.

"Planet of the Dinosaurs" has garnered a worthy "guilty pleasure" spot in the cult/independent film section of my video library.


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