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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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Thanks to Scott McPherson
28 February 2006 | by NehasilSee all my reviews

I picked this movie from a bargain bin, which makes it that much more of a "find" for my family movie collection. I was not aware of this movie when it was released (I'm not sure how it was released -- theaters, TV, or direct to DVD), I guess some good stuff falls through the cracks! The acting is very good as is the plot -- the issues related to a difficult pregnancy may be a bit heavy for younger children, but they are portrayed in a very real and honest manner. The issue of ownership of dinosaur fossils portrayed in the movie is as relevant today as illustrated by the legal action surrounding the ownership of "Sue" -- the most complete T-Rex skeleton found to date that is now on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. The movie also hearkens back to the story of Mary Anning, who found the first complete Icthyosaur skeleton when she was a young girl living in Lyme Regis, England. I have an eight-year old aspiring paleontologist and a five-year old, and both loved the film. Great family viewing -- thanks for supporting it Scott!

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