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When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970)

Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for ... See full summary »

Director:

Val Guest

Writers:

Val Guest (written for the screen by), J.G. Ballard (treatment by) (as J.B. Ballard)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Vetri ... Sanna
Robin Hawdon ... Tara
Patrick Allen ... Kingsor / Narrator
Drewe Henley ... Khaku
Sean Caffrey Sean Caffrey ... Kane
Magda Konopka ... Ulido
Imogen Hassall ... Ayak
Patrick Holt ... Ammon
Jan Rossini ... Rock Girl
Carol Hawkins Carol Hawkins ... Yani (as Carol-Anne Hawkins)
Maria O'Brien Maria O'Brien ... Omah
Connie Tilton Connie Tilton ... Sand Mother
Maggie Lynton Maggie Lynton ... Rock Mother
Jimmy Lodge Jimmy Lodge ... Fisherman
Billy Cornelius Billy Cornelius ... Hunter
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Storyline

Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive by giving a sacrifice of a blond woman to their god, the sun, in return for protection from the giant lizards and other creatures that preys on them. Sanna, one of the sacrificial offerings, finds herself on her own when a freak storm interrupts the ceremony. As she searches for a safe haven she encounters hostility from rival tribes and lots of huge and deadly dinosaurs. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Enter an age of unknown terrors, pagan worship and virgin sacrifice... See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

Aboriginal | English

Release Date:

17 March 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP566,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

In March 1971, Warner Brothers sometimes cleverly distributed this film in the USA on a double bill with the similarly themed dinosaur Valley of Gwangi, released 2 years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: A time of beginnings, of darkness, of light, of the sun, the earth, the sea, of man.
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Alternate Versions

The original 1970 UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to edit some scenes of violence for an 'A' certificate including the fights with the snake, the pterodactyl and the man-eating plant. The film was re-released for cinema in 1980 and this print was culled from the edited U.S print, though the UK censors removed all traces of nudity. This latter version was the print released on Warner video in 1988. See more »

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Underrated...
5 May 1999 | by BenTrovaSee all my reviews

The complete lack of any modern language helps enormously. Lots of pantomime and tasteful eye-candy for both sexes. The people are very athletic and attractive. Their movement over vast location sets is an impressive work-out. Never dawdles. Very good photography and effects -- for the time, well integrated. Not a low-budget hack-up job. More plausible than any opera I've seen; kinda like a ballet without a consistent musical score.


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