As the Earth wrestles with its agonising birth, the peoples of this barren and desolate world struggle to survive. Driven by animal instinct they compete against the harsh conditions, their giant predators, and warring tribes. When two people from opposing clans fall in love, existing conventions are shattered forever as each tribe struggles for supremacy and Man embarks on his tortuous voyage of civilisation.
Historically inaccurate? Cheesy? Illogical? Yes to all of this, however this movie is total fun from beginning to end. More of a progression of one hardship to another than a plot, but it moves along at a good pace and has plenty of action. Great special effects in the days before everything was done by computer. Much has been written about Raquel Welch and the fur bikini but for female fans, John Richardson isn't hard to look at either.
Hammer, Harryhausen and Dinos, A Great Combination!
How can fans of sci-fi/fantasy not enjoy this 1966 effort from Hammer Studios? You have the wonderful effects of the master, Ray Harryhausen and a decent enough story, oh and dinos! The Region 2 DVD is definitely the disc to get, as it is the complete version of the film and it has a couple of nice interviews with Raquel Welch and Ray Harryhausen. I love what Harryhausen had to say about complaints about inaccuracy with putting man and dinos together on the screen. It's not meant to be a scientific story, it's meant to entertain and entertain it does! Watch as Tumak (of the Rock People) and Loana (of the Shell People) forge a shaky relationship and possibly bring their two tribes of people together. Along the way they battle a huge sea turtle, Allosaurus, Pteradon and other wild beasties of the day. If you love dinos and films meant to be nothing more than fun entertainment, chances are, you'll enjoy this Hammer Studios effort.
The first classic about prehistory
Despite being historically incorrect and having very bad special effects (mainly the iguana scene and the african wild boar scene), I find the film quite interesting, with a perfect stop-motian and action scenes, drama and quite good survival. Highly recommend.
Isn't this that movie with Raquel Welch?
Everybody always talks about Raquel Welch in this movie, so let me begin with saying that Martine Beswick (of "" fame) has a lot of scenes as well and does a nice job.
Then it's only fair to say that Ray Harryhausen and his team did very well of the special effects. They can still be watched in this era where everybody talks about digital effects and some of the scenes even steal your breath fot quite a few seconds.
It's also a movie where women aren't dragged back into the cave by their hair, a clearly stupid idea most cave movies hold about the prehistoric times. Which makes this movie intelligent and a rare treat.
Oh yeah, the movie also stars Raquel Welch. Nearly forgot that.
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