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 The Last Dinosaur (1977) 
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 The Last Dinosaur (1977)
Came across this little classic at a Flea Market this weekend. It's a pretty good DVD copy. it's a transfer from VHS but very, very watchable!!

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076294/

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http://www.badmovies.org/movies/lastdinosaur/

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Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:59 pm
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I haven't seen The Last Dinosaur since it originally aired on network TV back in 1977. I don't remember too much plot-wise, but I do remember the full page picture in TV Guide which I'm sure I cut out :)

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Originally it was supposed to be a made-for-tv film but actually got a theatrical release. I have this one. Joan Van Ark said that Richard Boone used to show up on set reeking of whiskey


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this movie is darn fun. seen it a few times.

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Aaah, "The Last Dinosaur". That's one I definitely remember from my youth. I recall staying over my sister's apartment and watching it with my nephew. It must have been when it first aired. I seem to recall seeing it a few times on TV back around that time. I always thought it was one of those things they'd air once-a-year, like "The Wizard of Oz", but maybe I'm mistaken about that.

Can't say that I've ever seen a copy of it for sale before. Now that I know it was released on VHS I'll have to keep an eye out for one of these DVD copies. Thanks for the trip down memory lane spooky electric!

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Beastball wrote:
I don't remember too much plot-wise, but I do remember the full page picture in TV Guide which I'm sure I cut out :)



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I remember when the first Jurassic Park came out. It seemed like every store was pulling out all of the old dinosaur films from the 50's 60's and 70's. I have this one on DVD with Japanese subtitles.

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Is this the movie where the T-Rex dies inside the church? If it isn't there was a movie I saw as a kid with basically the same plot, but they take the T-Rex back to show it off and it naturally escapes and starts eating people and causing havoc. It had to be made before 1977 and it defintely wasn't a made for TV movie since I saw it in the theatre.


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From what I remember, this one doesn't end with the dinosaur dying in a church. I believe that once the people end up in the prehistoric place where the dinos live the rest of the movie takes place there. I don't think they brought the T-Rex back with them. The whole bring-the-monster-back-and-put-it-on-exhibit theme is a very common one though (ie. "King Kong" and "Gorgo").

I think the movie you're probably thinking of though is "The Valley of Gwangi", where they do indeed put a dinosaur on exhibit at a circus--only to have it break free (of course) and end up dying in a huge fire at a church. I remember that one from Creature Double Feature days, and finally saw it again (through Netflix) last year. Great movie!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065163/

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Col. Manning wrote:
From what I remember, this one doesn't end with the dinosaur dying in a church. I believe that once the people end up in the prehistoric place where the dinos live the rest of the movie takes place there. I don't think they brought the T-Rex back with them. The whole bring-the-monster-back-and-put-it-on-exhibit theme is a very common one though (ie. "King Kong" and "Gorgo").

I think the movie you're probably thinking of though is "The Valley of Gwangi", where they do indeed put a dinosaur on exhibit at a circus--only to have it break free (of course) and end up dying in a huge fire at a church. I remember that one from Creature Double Feature days, and finally saw it again (through Netflix) last year. Great movie!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065163/


Thanks! Yes it was Gwangi. I kept thinking it was Gigantor or Gigantic and couldn't find it last night and it bothered me. I remember how rotten I felt about what happened to the elephant. Great SFX.


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I remember how rotten I felt about what happened to the elephant. Great SFX.


Yeah, elephants don't tend to fare well in these types of movies, do they? I also felt bad for the one that did battle with the Venusian monster in "20 Million Miles to Earth" who met a similar fate. Seems the poor creatures are always the only things around that are of similar size to the rampaging monsters, but they simply aren't equipped to do that kind of battle. They certainly put up a good fight though.

And yes, I love those special effects too (for both "Gwangi" AND "20 Million Miles"). Thanks to the great Ray Harryhausen of course!


"20 Million Miles to Earth":
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050084/

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CDF Fan wrote:
Is this the movie where the T-Rex dies inside the church? If it isn't there was a movie I saw as a kid with basically the same plot, but they take the T-Rex back to show it off and it naturally escapes and starts eating people and causing havoc. It had to be made before 1977 and it defintely wasn't a made for TV movie since I saw it in the theatre.


Actually it was an Allosaurus

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all fine flicks.

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Daimajinbob wrote:
CDF Fan wrote:
Is this the movie where the T-Rex dies inside the church? If it isn't there was a movie I saw as a kid with basically the same plot, but they take the T-Rex back to show it off and it naturally escapes and starts eating people and causing havoc. It had to be made before 1977 and it defintely wasn't a made for TV movie since I saw it in the theatre.


Actually it was an Allosaurus


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