The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
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Release Date: Jul 25, 1969 Wide
Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,691
When a traveling Wild West show comes to town, the natives are frightened by a one-foot-tall horse that is believed to be a bad omen. The superstitious natives try to return the horse to The Valley of Gwangi to avert disaster. Tuck (James Franciscus) and T.J. (Gila Golan) try to help archaeologist Bromley (James Naismith) find the tiny equine in the valley, but they unleash a prehistoric giant monster in the process in this implausible adventure feature. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
Jul 25, 1969 Wide
Oct 21, 2003
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Best thought of as one of the pictures to get out of the way later rather than sooner when you decide to see everything Ray Harryhausen did.
It says something about the production and about Harryhausen's artistry when we realize that Gwangi, the snarling dinosaur created from a tabletop model, is the most realistically alive character on the screen.
How can a dinosaur fan of any age not love 'Gwangi,' in which the title Allosaurus makes his public debut with the unscheduled addition of a screaming dwarf between his jaws?
Audience Reviews for The Valley of Gwangi
- Tuck: Well, you don't seem very glad to see me, Champ.
- Champ: About as glad as a dying mule to see a vulture.
- Rowdy: In all my travels I never seen anything like that two-ton lizard. If we could just get him back alive.
- Tuck: Yeah, the only thing I want to get back alive is me.
- Prof. Horace Bromley: I can't go now!
- Tuck: Professor, there's a big lizard back there and he's heading this way. Now get aboard!
- Lope: What kind of bird is it, professor?
- Prof. Horace Bromley: Oh, no bird...a giant pterydactyl...a flying reptile. It's been extinct for over 50 million years.
- T.J.: Then what is it doing here?
- Prof. Horace Bromley: Precisely...what is it doing here?
- T.J.: [about the pteranodon] It's hideous!
- Prof. Horace Bromley: It's beautiful...
- Tia Zorina: [about a misterious creature in a sack Carlos is holding] Leave it! It belongs to Gwangi, the evil one! It is cursed...
- Carlos: Only by an old woman's tongue!
- Tia Zorina: I beg you. If he does not return to the forbidden valley, we shall all suffer a terrible fate! My eyes are blind, but I can still see the signs...
- Carlos: Keep your superstitions to yourself, old woman!
- Tia Zorina: Fool! One day he will learn to obey the law of Gwangi... Or like his brother, he will perish!
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