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The Dinosaur Hunter (2000)

A 13-year-old girl and her older brother live on a farm where paleontologists search for fossils.


Rick Stevenson


Edwina Follows, Pam Conrad (book)
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Complete credited cast:
Simon MacCorkindale ... Jack McCabe
Roberta Maxwell ... Adult Julia
Shaun Johnston ... Fred Creath
Bill Switzer ... Daniel Creath
Enuka Okuma ... Amba
Wendy Anderson Wendy Anderson ... Sarah Creath
Joely Collins ... Betty Jean
Alison Pill ... Julia Creath
R.H. Thomson ... Reverend Smythe
Christopher Plummer ... Hump Hinton
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Badger ... Jim Deer (as Russel Badger)
Alan Bratt Alan Bratt ... Townsman #1
Jocelyn Forgues Jocelyn Forgues ... Doctor Thomas
Jean Freeman Jean Freeman ... Mrs. Customer
Bill Hugli Bill Hugli ... Parkins


Young girl Julia (Alison Pill) and her older brother Daniel (Bill Switzer) befriends paleontologist Jack McCabe(Simon MacCorkindale), who is looking for an entire dinosaur skeleton. Jack and the kids make exciting discoveries, rival dinosaur hunter Hump Hinton(Christopher Plummer)arrives and starts trouble for them. The film is based on a novel by Pam Conrad. This family-friendly drama takes place in a farming community in Canda. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure unearthed.


Adventure | Drama


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Release Date:

5 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Schatz der Dinosaurier See more »

Filming Locations:

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

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A majority of the scenes were shot just outside Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan at Sukanen Ship Pioneer Village and Muesuem. It was created to imitate a small farming village that could have taken place in the 1900's - 1930's. See more »

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small Canadian feature
29 December 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

An older Julia recounts her encounter in depression era Canadian prairies. Julia Creath (Alison Pill) and older brother Daniel live with their parents on their farm. Their father is building irrigation despite the drought. Paleontologist Jack McCabe (Simon MacCorkindale) arrives from the government offering $500 for a whole skeleton. He is opposed by creationist Reverend Smythe (R.H. Thomson) but the townfolks are eager for the money. Then Hump Hinton (Christopher Plummer) arrives with the mysterious Amba offering double the reward.

This is a very small Canadian feature about the discovery of dinosaur bones in the prairie badlands. It moves rather slowly. It's an old fashion family film. The villain is broad. The story is piled high with a dead baby and epic rains. There are interesting actors. It could have worked better.

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