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The Lost World (1999)

A group of unlikely allies are assembled to go on an expedition deep within the Amazon forest in search of new discoveries.


Richard Franklin


Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the novel by), Jim Henshaw | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Peter McCauley ... Professor George Challenger (as Peter Mccauley)
William deVry ... Ned Malone (as William De Vry)
William Snow ... Lord John Roxton (as Will Snow)
Michael Sinelnikoff ... Dr. Arthur Summerlee
Rachel Blakely ... Marguerite Krux
Jennifer O'Dell ... Veronica Layton
Laura Vazquez ... Assai
Robert Coleby ... William Maple-White
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Henare ... Chief Jacoba
Brad McMurray ... Actor
Jeff Prewett ... Slaver
Lani John Tupu ... River Guide
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Yet another "Land That Time Forgot" movie, and good clean fun.
19 August 1999 | by TroyAirSee all my reviews

Anyone born before 1980 has probably seen Doug McClure's movie which sent a modern man to a prehistoric world where above-ground dwellers were civilized and underground dwellers were ape-ish, poor-sighted creatures that preyed on the above-ground dwellers. And then there was a smattering of dinosaurs, too.

There were several different variations of this theme, such as the Saturday morning show "Land of The Lost". This movie is just as cheesy and fun to watch and the actors are much more attractive. The actress that plays the native princess reminds me of Sonia Braga, the actress who plays Dr. Cruz reminds me of a brunette Kathleen Turner from "Romancing the Stone", and the actress who plays "Veronica", a Jane-like blonde jungle girl, is particularly striking. The 4 male leads are stereotypical as well - the dapper older gentleman professor, the adventurous scientist, the big game hunter, and the dashing young balloon pilot who strikes up a romance with Veronica. And as can be expected, the plot moves along pretty quickly, not delving too deeply into the philosophical aspects of disrupting a native culture (one of the things a true scientist would avoid) or removing animal species from their natural habitat (a concept which probably didn't exist during the Victorian era, when this story was developed by the man who wrote "Sherlock Holmes").

Some blood (gunshot wounds to the Missing Link ape-like creatures who kidnap the native princess and attack the adventurers), no harsh language, no nudity, no sex, nothing risque, nothing particularly frightening.

The special effects are good enough, though some artistic license is used in the dinosaur chase scene and in the scene where the pterodactyl attacks the scientist who steals the dinosaur egg, but this can be forgiven as this movie really wasn't intended to be very realistic anyway (we all know that a bullet does a bit more damage to human tissue than just leave a spot the size of a dab of ketchup).

I would expect a sequel to be written and hopefully it will be light-hearted fun, too. Although I do wish the costumer would re-do Veronica's outfits - I prefer the outfit Maureen O'Sullivan wore in "Tarzan And His Mate" - more hip, less fabric. And the intrepid explorers were terribly overdressed for a steamy jungle climate - long pants, high boots, and long coats must be terribly uncomfortable. But, then again this is a Victorian-era tale and that's probably what proper English gentlefolk wore when traipsing through the bush.

Worth a watch if you don't mind technical inaccuracies.

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6 November 1999 (Germany) See more »

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The Lost World: Land of the Apes See more »

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