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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 On A Lost World of Prehistoric Monsters See more »


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Release Date:

27 August 1979 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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?


The bulk of this movie was lit using reflectors. See more »


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


Mike: It was a hunting call. Something out there is carnivorous. And it sounds very, very hungry.
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Alternate Versions

In 2010, Rifftrax released 'Rifftrax: Planet of Dinosaurs'. The Rifftrax version had only minor differences from the original release with the exception of comedic commentary played over the movie's audio track. See more »


Edited into Galaxy of the Dinosaurs (1992) See more »

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The perfect movie?
22 February 2003 | by Jet Jaguar 73See all my reviews

You could argue that the costumes are dated, the effects are unconvincing (at least to the Jurassic Park generation), and the acting is mediocre, and I probably wouldn't be able to refute you. This is a B-movie after all, and from the 70's no less. But in many ways, Planet of the Dinosaurs is the perfect movie. First of all, the movie is as plausible as can be hoped for in the genre of "astronauts stranded on prehistoric planet." The characters behave in a way that you can believe, their reactions to circumstances seem like those real people might have in that situation. Unlike a lot of sci-fi B-movies, this one has a strong inter-character plot. The main conflict is between Lee, the inexperienced and unsure captain, and Jim, his brawny action-minded subordinate. The conflict develops slowly as the castaways' situation becomes more dire, pitting Lee's "play it safe" philosophy with Jim's "kill or be killed" mindset. Comic relief is provided by a Gabe Kaplan-esque Harvey, the company man in charge of the doomed mission, and the (almost) quick-witted crewman Mike.

And in addition to the action, the effects (which were good for the time), and the character developments, the musical score stands out as exceptional. The score is provided mostly by synthesizer, and gives a strange, otherworldy yet technological feel to the movie. I watched this movie a lot as a kid, being interested in both space and dinosaurs, and when I noticed the DVD I decided I just needed to have it. Since then, I've grown just as fond of it as I was when I was young, and my friends too have realized the opus of charm and fantasy that is Planet of the Dinosaurs.

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