Watch: The Land That Time Forgot 1974 123movies, Full Movie Online – After a German U-Boat sinks their ship, several survivors manage to take control of the boat. Bowen Tyler is the son of an American shipbuilder and Captain Bradley an experienced seaman. After several tussles with the German crew, they find themselves on a strange island. There they find a place where several stages of Earth’s evolution co-exist at the same time. As a result several types of humans are found as well as prehistoric dinosaurs. There are also active volcanoes which all add up to a challenge to survive..
Plot: During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.
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The Adventure You will Never Forget!
The Land That Time Forgot is directed by Kevin Connor and adapted to screenplay by Michael Moorcock & James Cawthorn from the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name. It stars Doug McClure, Keith Barron, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Anthony Ainley and Declan Mulholland. Music is by Douglas Gamley and cinematography by Alan Hume. It is the first of four feature films featuring the pairing of director Kevin Connor and actor Doug McClure. Story is set during World War I and sees an uneasy alliance formed between enemies on board a German U-Boat after it drifts for miles and lands in a lost world of dinosaurs and cavemen.
Rationale goes out the window, as does any hope of quality thesping, in the sort of cheese laden creature feature that thrilled many a child back in the mid to late 1970’s. Film was enough of a success that it spawned three more films of the same ilk – At the Earth’s Core (1976), The People That Time Forgot (1977) and Warlords of Atlantis (1978). Of the four, this is the one that arguably has the most about it in terms of plotting and character development. Certainly it’s the biggest budgeted of the four. In fact for the first third of the picture it’s distinctly un-child friendly, as story focuses on characters from opposite sides of the war clashing on board the U-Boat after the torpedoing of the ship housing the allies. But once the boat reaches arctic climes and wades through to the sunnier “other side”, it’s all prehistoric puppets, fisticuffs and square jawed heroics from McClure. Ultimately a fun boys own adventure without sensible trappings.
Not as outrageously fun as At the Earth’s Core, but a decent launching pad for the 70’s creature feature niche created by Connor and McClure. 6.5/10
The survivors from a U-boat attack turn the tables on their would be killers and hijack the submarine after it has surfaced to recharge batteries. A gentlemen’s agreement between the crews doesn’t quite go to plan, and next we know it they are surfacing in a land that is full of dinosaurs and primitive human beings. Will they get home? Well that’s down to a rather wooden but entertaining Doug McLure and John McEnery to fathom out. The monsters and other special effects are fine given the budget, though you do glimpse the odd bits of string now and again! Like a few others who have reviewed this, I too saw it at the cinema when I was but a bairn, and I cannot help but look back on this (and “Warlords of Atlantis”) with a fondness maybe not quite due to the production. Still, it’s a jolly adventure lark and still worth a watch.
Fun dinosaur movie with a solid British cast headed by suitably lantern-jawed Doug McClure.
Respected SF author Michael Moorcock adds a dash of intelligence to what might have been just another Sunday matinee pot-boiler, and the downbeat ending (slightly different to the book) is a change from the norm. The decision to turn the U-Boat captain from the stereotypical dastardly Hun in the original book to a philosophical man of science is also a good one.
The submarine is suitably claustrophobic and the jungle suitably clammy, just a shame that some of the dinosaurs couldn’t have looked a little more than just as if they’d been borrowed from episode of “Doctor Who”. Fans of which should be suitably impressed by future ‘Master’ Anthony Ainley’s nasty performance as the treacherous German first officer Dietz.
“Auf weidersehn, Mr Tyler!”
Hang on. This is better than today’s dinosaur films.
The survivors of a doomed World War 1 ship manage to board and take over the German submarine which sunk them. After a lot of disputing, the sub becomes lost and before long the enigmatic island of Caprona is sighted. Due to desperately low supplies the two crews, who call an uneasy truce, are forced to land the sub and find themselves in a world where prehistoric animals still live.
This is a well-made and highly entertaining film. Doug McClure makes a good hero and the other characters are also interesting and believable, the story is well-paced and the music is suitably atmospheric. The special effects are not always as good as they might be (the giant pterodactyl and the plesiosaur that gets shot at look decidedly fake). But the film is a classic and I certainly found it a lot more memorable and enjoyable than any of the recent dinosaur films.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 31 min (91 min), 1 hr 42 min (102 min) (Japan)
Genre Adventure, Fantasy
Director Kevin Connor
Writer Edgar Rice Burroughs, James Cawthorn, Michael Moorcock
Actors Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon
Country United Kingdom, United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Movielab, USA (uncredited)
Film Length 2,543 m (Italy)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm