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The Lost World 

An expedition leaves for the Amazon to prove the existence of dinosaurs.
Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »




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


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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Brian Blessed was the original choice for the Bob Hoskins role but his casting was vetoed by the American networks. See more »


During the scene in the Pterodactyl swamp, Roxton fires his six-shot revolver nine times without reloading. See more »


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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Entertaining British-style telling of the Arthur Conan Doyle story...
8 October 2002 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

I watched this as a two-parter on A&E over the last two nights. Interestingly, the first part which is largely an exploration of the main characters is more interesting than the second part where the dinosaurs actually appear. Not that the special effects aren't convincing--they're superb. And the final scene, where the explorers return to London where Professor Challenger (Bob Hoskins) is about to reveal his prize possession, is one of the highlights of the film. But the buildup of tension is nicely done in the first part, as well as the introduction of the interesting characters.

All of the performances are first rate with two standouts--Matthew Rhys and Elaine Cassidy who supply the main love interest. These fresh-faced newcomers make their roles entirely believable. Seasoned actor James Fox is excellent as the skeptical Professor Leo Summerlee, especially when reacting to the blustery remarks and behavior of the overly enthusiastic Challenger. Peter Falk seems to have a grand time hamming it up as Rev. Kerr who is vehemently opposed to Darwin's theory of evolution and pulls a surprising stunt on the explorers.

All of this is done in a handsomely produced, tasteful manner (except for one brief scene of cannibalism which is too intense). It has the feel of a well produced British film, one that approaches the style of a Merchant Ivory production at times.

All technical aspects are fine and the costumes and settings enrich the story. Well worth watching, it maintains a good pace even though its running time is lengthy. The location photography in New Zealand is stunning.

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