WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH
Director - Val Guest; Screenplay - Val Guest based on a treatment by J.G.
Ballard; Producer - Aida Young; Music - Mario Nascimbene; Cinematography - Dick Bush;
Editor - Peter Curran; Art Direction - John Blezard; Makeup - Richard Mills;
Special effects - Jim Danforth, Dave Allen, Alan Bryce, Roger Dicken, Brian
Johnson, Martin Gutteridge, Brian Humnphrey and Garth Inns. 1970.
Cast: Victoria Vetri (Sanna), Robin Hawdon (Tara), Patrick Allen (Kingsor),
Drewe Henley (Khaku), Sean Caffrey (Kane), Magda Konopka (Ulido),
Imogen Hassall (Ayak), Patrick Holt (Ammon).
"A time of beginnings, of darkness, of light, of the sun, the earth, the
sea, of man! The beginnings of man living with man, by the sea, in the
mountains. The beginning of love, hate, and fear. Man's fear of the
unknown. Man's fear lest the sun should leave him, leave him alone in
everlasting darkness. A time when the color of a woman's hair condemned
her to sacrifice to the sun. A time when there was as yet no moon."
A tribe is ritually sacrificing three blondes to the sun.
One of the blondes tries to escape but both her and one of the men chasing her
fall to their death. A sudden wind storm creates enough chaos for one
blond, Sanna, to escape into the sea, where she is rescued by Tara, who
happens to be going by on a raft. Word reaches the tribal leader that
she still lives.
Tara takes Sanna to his seaside tribe, where a plesiosaur that was roped,
escapes temporarily, but is recaptured and burned to death. At the feast
afterwards, we learn that a brunette woman, Ayak, is interested in Tara,
but he is fascinated with Sanna who has set up a hut. He brings her food.
After a fight between Sanna and Ayak in the water, Sanna's former tribe
arrives, looking for her. She flees and is followed by pursuers. Hiding
in a tree, a boa tries to wrap itself around her but attacks and kills one of
the men, whom the three other men can't help. They think Sanna is in a
nearby cave, but a triceratops attacks instead, wounding the men.
Vultures, not content as scavengers, take swipes at the wounded. When
Tara seeks Sanna, he finds the one man dead and, after the triceratops
charges and runs off a cliff, rescues the others.
A funeral pyre at sea is followed by a tribal frenzy during which Sanna's
hut gets burned and Tara runs away. Sanna meanwhile has faced a vicious
prehistoric long-tongued lizard and is nearly eaten by a plant. She cuts
off her hair to escape the plant. Tara unfortunately thinks Sanna has been
eaten by the man-eating plant.
Sanna sleeps in a large dinosaur eggshell. The other egg hatches and the
dinosaur imprints. The parent, thinking Sanna has hatched, brings her a
deer carcass. Sanna plays with her new sibling. She dives and catches
fish in her teeth. She finds her dinosaur involved in a fight with a few
men, and she call off the dinosaur.
After an incident involving Tara vs. a pterodon, he and Sanna reunite and
go to her cave, witnessed by a lookout. When Tara returns to the tribe,
he is challenged, tied to a raft, and set to sea with the raft burning.
A sea monster knocks over the raft; Tara escapes and staggers back to
Sanna. But the tribe is still searching for Sanna, and see smoke from her
fire. The two run, swim, climb, and witness some dinosaur fights, but are
captured. Sanna's dino sibling rescues her, but Tara they prepare to burn
again. A giant crab kills a few men as the weather grows ominous again.
The moon seems to be forming, and a tidal wave looms. Sanna arrives to
save Tara from the giant crab, and a raft escape begins to take shape.
The tribal leader tries commanding the water to heel. Ayak gets sucked
into quicksand, and the leader is drowned. Sanna and Tara and two other
people survive and witness an eclipse, as now the moon exists.
Screen grabs by Stuart Hall
Disclaimer: When Dinosaurs Rukled The earth was copyrighted 1970 by Hammer Film
Productions Ltd. . Used for non-commercial purposes; All rights reserved. No rights given or implied.
Do NOT use without permission.
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