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The Land That Time Forgot (1975 film)

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Genre  Adventure, Fantasy
Language  English
5.7/10 IMDb

Director  Kevin Connor
Country  United Kingdom United States
The Land That Time Forgot (1975 film) movie poster
Writer  Michael Moorcock, James Cawthorn
Release date  13 August 1975 (1975-08-13)
Based on  Novel: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Sequel  The People That Time Forgot
Cast  Doug McClure (Bowen Tyler), John McEnery (Captain Von Schoenvorts), Susan Penhaligon (Lisa Clayton), Keith Barron (Bradley), Anthony Ainley (Dietz), Godfrey James (Borg)
Screenplay  Michael Moorcock, James Cawthorn
Similar movies  Jurassic World, Jurassic Park, Self/less, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Ice Age, Journey to the Center of the Earth

Bowen Tyler (Doug McClure) is among a small group of survivors taken in by a German submarine after the vessel has sunk their ship. When a struggle ensues between the German officers and their captives, the U-boat, which is running out of fuel, ends up coming across an uncharted island. Unfortunately for the passengers and crew, dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures roam the land, and everyone must fight to survive the perils of the lost island.


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The Land That Time Forgot is a 1975 fantasy/adventure film based upon the 1924 novel The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The screenplay was written by Michael Moorcock and directed by Kevin Connor. The cast included Doug McClure, John McEnery, Keith Barron, Susan Penhaligon, Anthony Ainley and Declan Mulholland.

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During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.


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The movie begins with Doug McClure as Bowen Tyler narrating the events, much as we see in many Edgar Rice Burroughs novels. A sailor throws a bottle with a written manuscript inside it into the sea, hoping for it to be discovered later.

The story is set during World War I and involves the survivors of the sinking of a British merchant ship who are taken on board a German U-boat

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Bowen Tyler and Lisa Clayton (Susan Penhaligon) are passengers on the ship torpedoed by Captain von Schoenvorts (John McEnery). Along with a few surviving British officers, Tyler convinces the other men to take over the surfacing submarine, this being their only chance for survival. After confronting the Germans on the deck, a fight ensues and they seize the German U-boat. Tyler takes command hoping to sail to a British port. Von Schoenvorts has his crew steer toward a safe sea port. But German officer Dietz (Anthony Ainley) gets loose and smashes the subs radio.

The Land That Time Forgot (1975 film) movie scenes The Land That Time Forgot 1975 was one of two Amicus fantasy adventure films that Roger worked on providing the smaller dinosaur miniatures

Off course and running out of fuel in the South Atlantic, the U-boat and its crew happen across an uncharted sub-continent called Caprona, a fantastical land of lush vegetation where dinosaurs still roam, co-existing with primitive man. There are also reserves of oil which, if the Germans and British can work together, can be refined and enable their escape from the island.

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Tyler discovers the secret of Caprona: individuals evolve not through natural selection, but by migrating northward across the island. With the submarine working again, and a sudden outbreak of volcanic eruptions across the island, Deitz abandons Tyler and Clayton in Caprona and attempts to escape, but the U-Boat cannot function in the boiling waters and sinks. Tyler and Clayton are stranded, and forced to move northwards. The movie ends with Tyler throwing the bottle, with the manuscript inside it, as seen in the beginning of the movie.


  • Doug McClure as Bowen Tyler
  • John McEnery as Captain Von Schoenvorts
  • Susan Penhaligon as Lisa Clayton
  • Keith Barron as Bradley
  • Anthony Ainley as Dietz
  • Godfrey James as Borg
  • Bobby Parr as Ahm
  • Declan Mulholland as Olson
  • Colin Farrell as Whiteley
  • Ben Howard as Benson
  • Roy Holder as Plesser
  • Andrew McCulloch as Sinclair
  • Ron Pember as Jones
  • Grahame Mallard as Deusett
  • Andrew Lodge as Reuther
  • Brian Hall as Schwartz
  • Stanley McGeagh as Hiller
  • Peter Sproule as Hindle
  • Steve James as First Sto-Lu
  • Production

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    Amicus originally wanted to cast Doug McClure in the lead but he refused so they signed Stuart Whitman. Then Samuel Z. Arkoff of American International Pictures came on board as co-financers, providing the bulk of the budget, but would only make the film if McClure was cast. He changed his mind and agreed to do the film.

    Shooting began February 1974 and went for 16 weeks.

    The U-boat and ships were models and the dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals were puppets, hand-held or on strings rather than stop motion. The speaking part of Von Schoenvorts was later dubbed in post-production by German-born actor Anton Diffring.

    Amicus was to make two more Burroughs adaptations, The People That Time Forgot (1977), a direct sequel to this film starring Patrick Wayne, Sarah Douglas and McClure in an appearance midway to towards the end and At the Earths Core (1976), with McClure (in a different role), Peter Cushing, and Caroline Munro. All three films were distributed in the United States by American International Pictures


    The Land That Time Forgot was met with mixed reviews from critics and audiences, earning a Rotten Tomatoes approval rating of 45%.

    The film was the 14th biggest hit at the British box office in 1975.


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  • Triceratops
  • Styracosaurus
  • Polacanthus
  • Diplodocus
  • Ceratosaurus
  • Pterodactyl
  • Plesiosaurus
  • Mosasaurus
  • References

    The Land That Time Forgot (1975 film) Wikipedia
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