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The Last Dinosaur (1977)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 11 February 1977 (USA)
A wealthy big game hunter and his group become trapped in prehistoric times where they are stalked by a ferocious dinosaur.

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Alexander Grasshoff (as Alex Grasshoff), Tsugunobu Kotani (as Tsugunobu 'Tom' Kotani)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Boone ... Masten Thrust Jr.
Joan Van Ark ... Francesca 'Frankie' Banks
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Chuck Wade
Luther Rackley Luther Rackley ... Bunta
Masumi Sekiya Masumi Sekiya ... Hazel
William Ross William Ross ... Hal - Mother 1 Chief Technician
Carl Hansen Carl Hansen ... Barney
Tetsu Nakamura Tetsu Nakamura ... Dr. Kawamoto
Nancy Magsig Nancy Magsig ... Thrust's Girl on Plane
Don Maloney Don Maloney ... Mother 1 Captain
Vanessa Cristina Vanessa Cristina ... Reporter
James Dale James Dale
Hyôe Enoki Hyôe Enoki
Shunsuke Kariya Shunsuke Kariya ... Caveman Leader
Gary Gundersen Gary Gundersen
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Storyline

Science has announced the discovery of a lost land hidden inside the warm pocket of a dormant volcano under the polar ice cap. Masten Thrust, a billionaire oil tycoon and big-game hunter, is recruited to lead a team there to study the last living dinosaurs. Upon arriving, Thrust and his team find that the hidden world is populated with both dinosaurs and prehistoric humans. While the humans give the explorers a fair bit of trouble, the real danger is the hungry tyrannosaur intent on making lunch out of the Great White Hunter and his crew. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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A Land Where Time was Forgotten !


Certificate:

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Dinosaurier See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TV) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film was shot in English. One of the reasons Japanese actor Satoshi (Tetsu) Nakamura was cast as Dr. Kawamoto was his excellent command of the English language. See more »

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The model of the polar-borer capsule has exhaust ports on the rear, but the full-sized version does not. See more »

Quotes

Wade: You told me! You swore to all of us that we were not going to harm the dinosaur! We were only supposed to take film and study it!
Thrust: You ding-dong!
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Alternate Versions

The very rare Japanese laserdisc (released by Columbia) is in English, uncut (running 106mins) and properly letterboxed (at a ratio of 1:85). On the downside, their are japanese subtitles on the very bottom of the picture (not black bar area). See more »


Soundtracks

The Last Dinosaur
Sung by Nancy Wilson
Music by Maury Laws
Lyrics by Jules Bass
Arranged and Conducted by Bernard Hoffer
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it can easily be enjoyed, if one judges it for what it is: a low-budget flick
3 November 2007 | by TheUnknown837-1See all my reviews

"The Last Dinosaur", the title for a particular late-70s science-fiction flick which was apparently (I'm guessing by a few details in the credits and in the film) a cooperation of American and Japanese film companies. This film was obviously made on an incredibly low budget, which you can judge by many aspects of it shown on the screen. "The Last Dinosaur" is preposterous, has campy effects, redone sound effects that still retain aspects of their original versions, and with the exception of Richard Boone, completely wooden acting. It is a mindless film, and yet, somehow, there is something classic and enjoyable about it. It's a film that cannot be forgotten by those who have seen it. And whether they loved it or hated it, they remember it for being so cheap. Why is it enjoyable, then? I myself don't really know the answer. There's just some things about some films like this that somehow in some way work out.

The title of the film isn't completely accurate, according to the storyline. The so called "last dinosaur" of the film is a humanoid tyrannosaurus rex who sounds uncannily like Godzilla, and is portrayed by a man in a rubber suit. But we see lots of other creatures on screen. We see pterosaurs (which technically aren't dinosaurs, but are still prehistoric creatures), a giant reptilian mistaken to be a ceratopsian. And then we see an actual ceratopsian, a triceratops. So evidently, this T-rex is not alone in his prehistoric world.

The special effects on the film are simply laughable. We are humored by the dinosaurs more than we are frightened by them. There are several instances when the rubber heads of the creature get pushed in and then bounce back out into perfect form again, totally impossible in real life, considering that heads are made of skulls. There is a point in the film when a triceratops falls over onto its side and although we were more than obvious to the fact that it was made by two men in a heavy suit, standing one behind the other, it becomes more obvious in the mentioned scene. First, the guy in the front falls, yet the second guy apparently wasn't timing himself, for the back legs were still standing for a while before they finally realized they had to fall over too.

Casting and acting was wooden, not counting Richard Boone, who was popular as a cinema villain. Here, he is kind of an anti-hero. A womanizer, hunter, tough guy. Yet, even Boone doesn't really save the cast. It's not his acting that was the problem, it was the lines he was given to say. "That's not an alligator, it's a crocodile, and yet I shot it too.", "You ding-dong!", "a great scientific mind was killed by a beast with a brain the size of a dried pea!", and so on and so forth. The other actors were simply horrible at their jobs, maybe excepting the dark-skinned actor who didn't have any dialogue to say. But those people dressed up as a cavemen were perhaps the most hilarious part of the film. Not only being totally unnecessary, but not unexpected plot points, they made me laugh as I watched them walk slowly, swaying their arms from side to side with their mouths hanging open. A lot of characters were also totally unintelligent. Such as a press conference scene, where reporters did not ask enough questions. No logical questions. They didn't even ridicule the idea of a live dinosaur, as they do in most sci-fi flicks.

While "The Last Dinosaur" is totally ludicrous and lacking in intelligence, it is somehow entertaining. Once again, I'll state that I don't know why I enjoyed it. Maybe I just like old cheap monster movies. This is cheaper than any of the old late-60s and 70s Godzilla films in all regards. But whatever, the case, "The Last Dinosaur" was an okay 70s monster movie. It will meet people halfway in terms of their outlooks upon the film. But everybody will describe it as cheap.


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