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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 1969 (UK)
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A cowboy named Tuck Kirby seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public.

Director:

Jim O'Connolly (as James O'Connolly)

Writers:

William Bast (screenplay) (as William E. Bast), Julian More (additional material)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Franciscus ... Tuck Kirby
Gila Golan ... T.J. Breckenridge
Richard Carlson ... Champ Connors
Laurence Naismith ... Professor Bromley
Freda Jackson ... Tia Zorina - the Witch
Gustavo Rojo ... Carlos dos Orsos
Dennis Kilbane Dennis Kilbane ... Rowdy
Mario De Barros Mario De Barros ... Bean
Curtis Arden Curtis Arden ... Lope
Jose Burgos Jose Burgos ... The Dwarf
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Storyline

Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public. Another film featuring the stop-action special effects talents of Ray Harryhausen. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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Cowboys Battle Monsters in the Lost World of Forbidden Valley.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1969 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Valley--Where Time Stood Still See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When this film was first conceived it was supposed to have been a follow-up to King Kong (1933), but was never made. However, an early B&W version of the "cowboys in Africa" footage was shot, and wound up being used in Mighty Joe Young (1949). See more »

Goofs

In the end chaos a number of people run into a church (pursued by the dinosaur). Some men outside try to open another set of very large church doors to let everyone back out to escape (or to assist in fighting the dinosaur once inside themselves). They are unable to open the doors, but keep trying to. In the utter chaos they surely cannot know how many people ran inside via another entrance, and the doors they are pulling are opaque. When the people trapped inside free themselves and emerge through the doors however (which were locked from the inside and that explains the difficulty the men outside had), the men outside see them come out, and immediately retire without looking inside and cease trying to help or get in, even though no words are exchanged. How did the men outside know the few people who emerged were the entire trapped contingent? For all they know there could still be people inside with the dinosaur. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carlos: [yelling across a canyon] Miguel!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Somewhere South of the Rio Grande . . . . . . . At the turn of the Century See more »

Alternate Versions

Many local TV stations delete the scene in which Gwangi, the allosaur, kills a circus elephant, claiming the scene depicts cruelty to animals. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Gypsy Flamenco
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Music by Roland Harker
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User Reviews

Good little movie....hidden gem.
29 July 2001 | by gazzo-2See all my reviews

What's not to like here-James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Naismeth, the excellent Harryhausen Allosaurus F/X, the dino-elephant battle, the cowboys roping the dino scene, etc. Very nicely done. No great acting, of course, and nothing you haven't seen already in Kong or 100 other places, but its what they do with it here that makes it worth yer while.

Personally I always enjoy it when I see it; I think it's one of the better dino flix you can find pre-Jurassic Park.

*** outta ****, esp if you like Harryhousen's stuff.


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