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The Lost World (2001)

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

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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 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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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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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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The Dinosaur effects were created by the same team that had just completed the now-legendary Walking with Dinosaurs (1999) TV series. In addition, the Entelodont from Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (2001) makes an appearance. See more »

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If something killed off all of the dinosaurs in the rest of the world, how would being on a Plateau make a difference for the creatures? Especially if it was a meteorite impact. 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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Dinosaur Delight
6 September 2005 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

At a London lecture, an eccentric professor (Bob Hoskins) encounters skepticism when he claims to have discovered a land of living prehistoric creatures. To prove his point, he heads an expedition to the Amazon region of South America. Here, the group of explorers finds ape-men, dinosaurs, prehistoric birds, and other exotic creatures.

The source novel by Arthur Conan Doyle led to the original 1925 silent film. Several remakes followed. This 2001 remake is worth watching, especially for the excellent visual and special effects, and for the cinematography. The CGI effects make the dinosaurs and birds look genuine. And the overall story is reasonably entertaining, though it does drag on for a tad too long.

The filmmakers are attentive to detail in both production design and costumes. The acting is acceptable. Dialogue is variable; uninspired at times; charming at other times. And I liked the pointed sarcasm directed at the snobbery of the academic mindset. The film's ending is unexpected and quite satisfying.

My main complaint is the film's tendency to expand into epic-dom. The plot goes on and on and on, and the cast eventually swells to what seems like thousands. I could have done without the ape-men, who seem slightly hokey, and who distract from the dinosaurs and birds.

Overall, "The Lost World" (2001) is well worth a look, especially for kids, but also for adults who enjoy exploration and high adventure.


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