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Dinosaur 13 (2014)

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A documentary about the discovery of the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stan Adelstein Stan Adelstein ... Self
Lanice Archer Lanice Archer ... Self
Robert Bakker Robert Bakker ... Self
Philip Currie Philip Currie ... Self
Kristin Donnan Kristin Donnan ... Self
Patrick Duffy Patrick Duffy ... Self
Bruce Ellison Bruce Ellison ... Self
Denise Etzkorn Denise Etzkorn ... Self
Bob Farrar Bob Farrar ... Self
Bill Harlan Bill Harlan ... Self
Susan Hendrickson Susan Hendrickson ... Self
Lynn Hochstafl Lynn Hochstafl ... Self
Peter L. Larson ... Self (as Peter Larson)
Neal L. Larson Neal L. Larson ... Self
Phillip Manning Phillip Manning ... Self (as Phil Manning)


When Paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research made the world's greatest dinosaur discovery in 1990, they knew it was the find of a lifetime; the largest, most complete T. rex ever found. But during a ten-year battle with the U.S. government, powerful museums, Native American tribes, and competing paleontologists, they found themselves not only fighting to keep their dinosaur but fighting for their freedom as well. Written by Anonymous

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The true tale of one of the greatest discoveries in history.



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Rated PG for mild thematic elements, language and brief smoking | See all certifications »

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Terry Wentz: You go out in the field, and you look up in the sky, and you see the stars, and some of that light that's coming down to your eye has been traveling for millions of years. So you look up, and you're looking at the past, and then you look down, and you are looking at the past. You know, those dinosaur bones are like millions of years old, and that light left there maybe at the same time that you are looking... it's just you are kind of sandwiched in that world, and it's really a wonderful place ...
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Dinosaur 13 - Incredible Documentary
4 June 2014 | by Hint523See all my reviews

I have continually had the conversation that we live in a beautiful era for documentaries that push narratives and transcend what audiences previously believed a documentary could do. I am reinforced in this belief by a handful of films that I've seen, but another such film, Dinosaur 13, will now join those ranks.

Exposing us to a narrative that few people know, Dinosaur 13 is a roller coaster of a story in the best way possible. What starts as a humble yet passionate following of a group of paleontologists becomes a conflict that is bigger than they could ever expect. I don't want to give any part of the film away because there are so many twists and turns in this story. It is documentaries like this that make me question why even bother with writing stories when there are great ones like this that are more compelling than fiction. I will highlight a few things that I resonated with. First, this is a film about small town USA, in this case Hill City, SD (in close proximity to the Badlands), and the power of community in places like this, both in good times and bad times. Secondly, this is a film about passionate people. The subjects of the film, notably Peter Larson, the paleontologist who is the primary focus, but also the many other folks involved, all share a beautiful love of what they do. Despite all adversity, carrying passion and optimism is a beautiful thing to watch.

From a craft standpoint, the film is greatly benefited due to a high quantity of archival footage. Had these events transpired 20 years before, home videos would not have been commonplace and it would have to rely more on reenactments and interviews, but instead a good amount of the film actually uses footage, along with some reenactments and some fantastic interviews.

I am blown away by this story and look forward to watching it again in theaters. Paleontology is essentially the study of history and uncovering the truth in the past: Dinosaur 13 has done the same for this powerful story that should be heard by all. 10/10

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Release Date:

15 August 2014 (Ireland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

South Dakota, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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