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The Lost World (2001)

An expedition leaves for the Amazon to prove the existence of dinosaurs.

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Stuart Orme
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hoskins ... Prof. George Challenger
James Fox ... Prof. Leo Summerlee
Tom Ward ... Lord John Phillip Roxton
Matthew Rhys ... Edward Malone
Elaine Cassidy ... Agnes Cluny
Peter Falk ... Reverend Theo Kerr
Nathaniel Lees ... Indian chief
Tamati Rice Tamati Rice ... Achille (as Tamati Te Nohotu)
Nicole Whippy ... Maree
Inia Maxwell Inia Maxwell ... Indian leader
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Mrs. Hilda Summerlee
Tim Healy ... McArdle
Joanna Page ... Gladys
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Arthur Hare
Robert Hardy ... Prof. Illingworth
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Storyline

Professor Challenger reveals the existence of a remote plateau in the Amazon jungle where dinosaurs have survived. He returns there leading an expedition. Not only are dinosaurs found and confronted, but also highly evolved apes, Amazonian Indians who think Challenger a god, and, on the way, the attractive orphaned niece of a lonely missionary. Theology intervenes in this exercise in vindicating Darwin and the missionary twice attempts to sabotage the mission. After much excitement, love is found in unexpected places, and, confronted by civilization, as represented by the Royal Society in London, Challenger changes his story. Written by Stewart Naunton <snaunton@online.ru>

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Official Sites:

bbc.co.uk

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UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (2 parts) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Professor Challenger talks to Summerlee about his life as a young boy, that he was raised by his parents under the Bible. Then as he became more interested in Science, his father had "lost" him. This is similar to his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his own religious experiences. He too, was a scientist that was raised Catholic and became more supportive of Spiritualism. See more »

Goofs

When the Allosaurs attack the Indian camp Challenger sees one and tries to shoot it with his sawed off shotgun. He fires two shots and a split second later a third. There was not enough time for him to reload. See more »

Quotes

Prof. George Challenger: You've been in a few scrapes, Roxton. Have you ever been in a situation worse than this?
Lord John Phillip Roxton: Uh, well, let me see. No. No, I think I can quite safely say this is the least promising set-up I've ever encountered.
Prof. George Challenger: Oh.
Lord John Phillip Roxton: We have no way down off the plateau, and thanks to your insistence on secrecy, the only person who even has a clue where we are is a religious lunatic who seems quite happy to let us die here.
Prof. George Challenger: Well, there's no need to be so cheerful about it.
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What? Another adaptation of The Lost World!
29 December 2002 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

Yep! The producers of this film just felt that the story of a group of British explorers wandering through the jungles of South America in search of a hidden plateau riddled with prehistoric monsters had not been tackled enough or not tackled with any degree of accuracy. Despite having been made into film and television fare since 1925 numerous times, the folks at A & E wanted to remake Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's novel. They wanted to try and create a definitive version of his classic tale. They did do a pretty good job. Sure, one can see the major differences between the book and the film. There are not many, but there are some major ones(the addition of a female character). Yet,despite these changes, the film remains very faithful in spirit to the novel. The characters are central to the story not the dinosaurs. The acting is quite good with Bob Hoskins doing a fine job as Professor Challenger. Edward Fox gives a first-rate performance as Professor Summerlee, bring wit, humour, and even some pathos to his role. Peter Falk is also fine in his role, a role which brings to light the everlasting fight between religion and science to the forefront of the film. The special effects are pretty good and the story is plotted with action, suspense, and wonderful dialogue. But what I liked more than anything about this film was the fact that the producers refused to pander to the less literate and articulate members of the audience. They did not sacrifice characterization for action and special effects all the time. They did not abandon having viewers use their minds and think about the inherent problems of science and religion when they collide. For this I thank them and hope that others take their lead and remember that not all viewers are between the ages of 10 and 25. A fine adaptation and a ripping good yarn!


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