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Val Guest (written for the screen by)
J.G. Ballard (treatment by)
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Release Date:
17 March 1971 (USA) See more »
A Hammer film greater than 'ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.' See more »
Set in the ancient past when humans and dinosaurs lived together, a small tribe is struggling to survive... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Victoria Vetri ... Sanna

Robin Hawdon ... Tara

Patrick Allen ... Kingsor/Narrator

Drewe Henley ... Khaku
Sean Caffrey ... Kane

Magda Konopka ... Ulido

Imogen Hassall ... Ayak

Patrick Holt ... Ammon

Jan Rossini ... Rock Girl
Carol Hawkins ... Yani (as Carol-Anne Hawkins)

Maria O'Brien ... Omah
Connie Tilton ... Sand Mother
Maggie Lynton ... Rock Mother
Jimmy Lodge ... Fisherman
Billy Cornelius ... Hunter
Ray Ford ... Hunter

Directed by
Val Guest 
Writing credits
Val Guest (written for the screen by)

J.G. Ballard (treatment by) (as J.B. Ballard)

Produced by
Aida Young .... producer
Original Music by
Mario Nascimbene 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Curran 
Art Direction by
John Blezard 
Costume Design by
Carl Toms 
Makeup Department
Joyce James .... hairdressing supervisor
Richard Mills .... make-up supervisor
Production Management
Christopher Sutton .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Stoneman .... assistant director
Jim Danforth .... second unit director (uncredited)
Carlos Gil .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Miguel Gil .... co-first assistant director: Spain (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert Blackshaw .... construction manager
Sound Department
Frank Goulding .... dubbing editor
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
Ted Karnon .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alan Bryce .... special effects (as Allan Bryce)
Roger Dicken .... special effects
Brian Johnson .... special effects (as Brian Johncock)
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects (uncredited)
Brian Humphrey .... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... special visual effects
David Allen .... visual effects assistant (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... effects cameraman (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... process projectionist (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... stop-motion animator (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... visual effects designer/director (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Cabrera .... 2nd unit cameraman (as Johnny Cabrera)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brian Owen-Smith .... wardrobe master
Music Department
Philip Martell .... musical supervisor
Mario Nascimbene .... special music effects
Philip Martell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Josephine Knowles .... continuity
Susanna Merry .... continuity: second unit
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Cuando los dinosaurios dominaban la tierra" - Argentina (imdb display title), Mexico (imdb display title), Peru
"Als Dinosaurier die Erde beherrschten" - Austria (imdb display title), West Germany
"Cuando los dinosaurios dominaban la Tierra" - Spain, Uruguay (original subtitled version)
"Quando os Dinossauros Dominavam a Terra" - Brazil, Portugal
"Когда на земле царили динозавры" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Çiplak ilâhe" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Akita - solens förbannelse" - Sweden
"Akita - solens forbandelse" - Denmark
"Akita, dinosaurukset tulevat" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Akita, solens förbannelse" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title)
"Dinosaurussen regeerden de Wereld" - Netherlands (imdb display title)
"Gdy dinozaury wladaly swiatem" - Poland
"Gymnoi stin ammo" - Greece (imdb display title)
"Quand les dinosaures dominaient le monde" - France
"Quando i dinosauri si mordevano la coda" - Italy
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100 min | Portugal:97 min | USA:96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (original rating) | Finland:K-12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:G | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Coincidentally the title for the movie became the banner sign for "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" inside the visitor center in Jurassic Park (1993).See more »
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
babes & beaches, 15 September 2003
Author: ( from Northridge, CA

I saw this film when it was first released. I must've been 10--and I was a real dino freak. I was totally jazzed when I found it on video many years later.

Someone else mentioned getting a translation book at the theatre...I never got one. The magazine Castle of Frankenstein (real mag title, folks!) ran a translation guide that month. I still have that mag somewhere--they also ran a pin-up of Victoria Vetri in the movie bikini, wielding a spear (I had that page on my wall for months).

As I recall (and is pretty evident from the 1,004 times it's used in the film) "neecro" means evil. So "Sanna neecro" means the blonde chick is evil. Of course, she's not really evil. "Neecro" should mean totally hot, but these were cave days. And they had only 26 words. I'm pretty sure Superfragilisticexpialidotious wasn't one of them

The effects by Jim Danforth (not David Allen) are excellent--right up there with Harryhausen. They still hold up against 3D computer effects.

While the story has genuine dramatic underpinnings, the cave-language kinda gets in the way of clarity. Too often the viewer has no idea what's being said. That aside, it's a fun movie with great effects and british babes in skimpy outfits sharing a beach with dinosaurs.

Oddly, for a dino pic, there's a LOT of stage sets, and I don't mean the dino FX shots. They had a bit of trouble matching shots between set and location work. And it shows.

That aside, it's a fun movie with great effects. Any dino fan should check it out. It's not Jurassic Park, but then again Laura Dern didn't show cleavage.

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