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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 »
User Reviews:
Educational! Fun! See more (59 total) »


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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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Additional Details

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)

Did You Know?

In March 1971, Warner Brothers cleverly distributed this film in the USA on a double bill with the similarly themed dinosaur film The Valley of Gwangi (1969).See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Weird Science (1985)See more »


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57 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Educational! Fun!, 24 December 2002
Author: kynoceph from New Orleans, LA

Things I learned from this movie:

1) Dirt never sticks to cavewomen, but it does stick to cavemen. Cavemen are, in fact, so dirty that it makes you wonder why cavewomen ever consented to be with them.

2) Cavewomen, by the way, are hot!

3) Giant Crabs will eat you if they have the chance.

4) Always be nice to dinosaurs if you can, they will become your friends and save you from a horrible fate.

5) Bondage is as old as man.

6) Bikinis are as old as man. (See also "One Million Years BC" for further details.) Also, they stay on under amazing situations, although only barely.

7) The words "Agoba" and particularly "AKEETA," were important linguistic developments in the history of speech.

8) In the time it takes a tidal wave to reach the shore, you have time to make a boat and fight over it with your arch-rival.

9) Never, never stand in front of a tidal wave, waving your arms about and trying to turn it back by magic. This will not work.

10) Cavewomen are HOT! Wait, did I say that already? OK, number 10 is: AKEETA!

In short, a priceless movie. Meaning that you should pay as little as possible to see it, but you should see it.

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