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The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

G | | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 1969 (UK)
Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out ... See full summary »

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(as James O'Connolly)

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(screenplay) (as William E. Bast), (additional material)
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Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex 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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The Valley--Where Time Stood Still  »

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Whereas all of Ray Harryhausen's past films had an "Approved" rating from the Motion Picture Association of America, the modern ratings system was introduced around this time, and this was the first film of his to get a "G" rating. See more »

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When the spectators flee from the arena, one ticket booth is knocked over, leaving the open side facing up. In later shots a closed side faces up, and still later this same booth disappears completely. See more »

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[first lines]
Carlos: [yelling across a canyon] Miguel!
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In the closing credits cast list, Order #10 is GWANGI See more »

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Edited into Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies (1990) See more »

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Gypsy Flamenco
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Music by Roland Harker
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Cowboys lasso carnivorous creatures from the past.
8 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

Special effects master Ray Harryhausen is at the top of his game. What sounds corny turns out to be a very interesting cult classic. Jim O'Connolly directs this western meets science fiction thriller about cowboys discovering a lost valley of prehistoric monsters/creatures. These historical finds are then suppose to be the show saving performers in a traveling circus.

This turns out to be one the best dino movies you will ever see. The stop-motion animation is blended so well, it should take top billing. So many other movies are so fake in appearance...this project sticks out like a masterpiece.

The cast includes James Franciscus, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith and the alluring Miss Gila Golan.


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