The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

PG | 90 mins | Adventure | 1975

Director:

Kevin Connor

Producer:

John Dark

Cinematographer:

Alan Hume

Editor:

John Ireland

Production Designer:

Maurice Carter

Production Company:

Amicus Productions
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HISTORY

       The Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel that the film The Land That Time Forgot is adapted from was originally serialized in The Blue Book Magazine (Oct 1918). It was first published in book form as part of The Land That Time Forgot by A. C. McClurg & Co. (Chicago, 1924). Ace Books, Inc. published the first stand-alone version of the novel as a paperback in 1963. It is the first book of a trilogy that included The People That Time Forgot, which was adapted into a film in 1977 (see entry).
       An 11 Mar 1974 Box article stated that principal photography was performed at Shepperton Studios in England. This was partially due to Shepperton’s record sized water tanks.
       Principal photography started on 22 Apr 1974 according to a 6 May 1974 Box news brief.
      End credits include the following statement: “Made at Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middx., ...
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       The Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel that the film The Land That Time Forgot is adapted from was originally serialized in The Blue Book Magazine (Oct 1918). It was first published in book form as part of The Land That Time Forgot by A. C. McClurg & Co. (Chicago, 1924). Ace Books, Inc. published the first stand-alone version of the novel as a paperback in 1963. It is the first book of a trilogy that included The People That Time Forgot, which was adapted into a film in 1977 (see entry).
       An 11 Mar 1974 Box article stated that principal photography was performed at Shepperton Studios in England. This was partially due to Shepperton’s record sized water tanks.
       Principal photography started on 22 Apr 1974 according to a 6 May 1974 Box news brief.
      End credits include the following statement: “Made at Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Middx., England.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
11 Mar 1974.
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Box Office
6 May 1974.
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Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 1975
p. 12.
Los Angeles Times
11 Jun 1975
p. 18.
New York Times
14 Aug 1975
p. 39.
Variety
9 Apr 1975
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Amicus Productions presents
a Max J. Rosenberg and Milton Subotsky production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
1st asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Process photog
Cam focus
Chief elec
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Const mgr
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
SOUND
Sd ed
Dubbing mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Dinosaur seqs
MAKEUP
Chief make-up
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Exec in charge of prod for Edgar Rice Burroughs In
Prod admin
Continuity
COLOR PERSONNEL
Colour by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Chicago, 1924).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1975
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 10 June 1975
New York opening: week of 14 August 1975
Production Date:
began 22 April 1974 in Middlesex, England
Copyright Claimant:
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.
Copyright Date:
26 March 1975
Copyright Number:
LP46567
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
90
MPAA Rating:
PG
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
24050
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A lighthouse keeper spots a metal thermos floating in the waves and, upon retrieving it, finds papers that tell a strange story. Years earlier, on 3 June 1916, a British passenger liner is torpedoed by a German U-Boat and sinks, leaving Bowen Tyler and biologist Lisa Clayton drifting in a lifeboat. They hear singing through a fog bank and discover another lifeboat with some of the ship’s crew. Soon after, the U-Boat surfaces near them. Tyler convinces Bradley, the sole surviving ship’s officer, to capture the U-Boat crew as they come out the hatch. The first to emerge is Capt. Von Schoenvorts, who hits an alarm and a battle ensues. During the fight, Lisa snatches a pistol and kills a German who is about to shoot Tyler with a rifle. The British crew captures the vessel and Schoenvorts discovers Tyler is the American son of a submarine builder. Tyler intends to sail the submarine into a British port, however, Schoenvorts’ first officer, Lt. Dietz, breaks free and destroys the radio before he is recaptured. A British warship appears and fires, forcing the submarine to dive. Realizing they cannot safely sail to England, Tyler orders the submarine to head for America. Days later, Tyler realizes that Dietz has tampered with the compass and they are sailing due south. As Bradley and Tyler check their location, Schoenvorts escapes and recaptures the submarine. He informs Tyler they are rendezvousing with a German supply ship where Tyler will be shot as a pirate. Later, as Dietz and Schoenvorts go topside to meet the supply ship, Lisa steals a set ... +


A lighthouse keeper spots a metal thermos floating in the waves and, upon retrieving it, finds papers that tell a strange story. Years earlier, on 3 June 1916, a British passenger liner is torpedoed by a German U-Boat and sinks, leaving Bowen Tyler and biologist Lisa Clayton drifting in a lifeboat. They hear singing through a fog bank and discover another lifeboat with some of the ship’s crew. Soon after, the U-Boat surfaces near them. Tyler convinces Bradley, the sole surviving ship’s officer, to capture the U-Boat crew as they come out the hatch. The first to emerge is Capt. Von Schoenvorts, who hits an alarm and a battle ensues. During the fight, Lisa snatches a pistol and kills a German who is about to shoot Tyler with a rifle. The British crew captures the vessel and Schoenvorts discovers Tyler is the American son of a submarine builder. Tyler intends to sail the submarine into a British port, however, Schoenvorts’ first officer, Lt. Dietz, breaks free and destroys the radio before he is recaptured. A British warship appears and fires, forcing the submarine to dive. Realizing they cannot safely sail to England, Tyler orders the submarine to head for America. Days later, Tyler realizes that Dietz has tampered with the compass and they are sailing due south. As Bradley and Tyler check their location, Schoenvorts escapes and recaptures the submarine. He informs Tyler they are rendezvousing with a German supply ship where Tyler will be shot as a pirate. Later, as Dietz and Schoenvorts go topside to meet the supply ship, Lisa steals a set of keys and unlocks Tyler and the British sailors. They take over the bridge and, while Schoenvorts signals the ship, Tyler fires two torpedoes, sinking the vessel. Without the supply ship, the submarine only has a week of fuel and water. Running with the current, Tyler spots icebergs, and realizes they are lost. He frees Schoenvorts to help navigate and they discover an uncharted island encased in ice. A sailor finds a tropical plant floating in the water and, upon further investigation, they discover warm fresh water coming from a huge tunnel. They submerge and, after maneuvering through a rocky channel, they emerge in a prehistoric world, where they are greeted by the sight of dinosaurs and pterodactyls. Before the seamen can acclimate, a dinosaur leaps out of the river, snatches a sailor in his jaws and swims away. Another dinosaur attacks, but Tyler and Bradley kill it with machine guns. That night, the crew feasts on dinosaur flesh, and Schoenvorts, Tyler and Bradley decide to call a truce until they are able to leave the island. Later, Lisa and Schoenvorts discover the river water is crawling with parasites and is undrinkable. Tyler and Schoenvorts lead a group to explore the valley in search of potable water and food. As the sailors hunt a dinosaur, a tribe of primitive men attack and, during the melee, Ahm, one of the primitives, is knocked unconscious. The noise alerts the dinosaur, who chases after them, as Tyler carries Ahm to safety. When Ahm comes to, he is friendly and signals that Tyler should not walk south. When Tyler ignores the warnings, Ahm goes berserk and Tyler knock him out again. Back on the submarine, Ahm sees a sailor light a match and indicates that fire burns out of the ground, making Schoenvorts believe that the primitive man is talking about oil that burns at the surface. They pour some oil out of a can and Ahm nods that is what he is saying, then leads them to a large, bubbling pool of burning oil. That night, as the sailors sleep by bonfires, they are attacked by another group of primitives, who kill two of Tyler’s men before the sailors can fight off the attackers. The next morning, they examine the dead tribesmen and realize they are less primitive than Ahm. Ahm indicates that his people go from very primitive to advanced in one lifetime, but Tyler dismisses it as superstition until they discover dinosaurs from different historical periods. Schoenvorts realizes that the further north they travel, the more modern the animal species become. Meanwhile, the sailors build a crude refinery for the oil. That night, Ahm falls into a trance, walks into the jungle, and is welcomed by more advanced hominids. The next day, Tyler leads a hunting group far to the north. He explains to Lisa that it is getting harder to find game and theorizes that they must be getting closer to the island’s life source. They come upon a human encampment with women bathing in a thermal pool that is headwaters for the river. While watching, the hunting group is attacked. Ahm, who has evolved into a more advanced human, arrives and helps Tyler drive off the attackers, but not before Lisa is captured and the rest of the hunting party is killed. While trying to find Lisa, a pterodactyl swoops down, snatches Ahm in its jaws and flies away. Meanwhile, a volcano explodes, allowing Lisa to breakaway from her captors. During the chase, all but one of her pursers are blocked by a rockslide. The lone man chases Lisa until they both fall into a bog. Tyler appears, kicks the other man in the head, causing him to drown, and rescues Lisa. More tribesmen arrive and Tyler fights them off until the ground rips open with fissures spewing flame and hot ash. As Tyler and Lisa flee, Dietz argues with Schoenverts that they must abandon the hunting party and escape the island before the river is unnavigable. When Bradley protests, Dietz shoots him in the shoulder, then shoots Schoeonvorts and orders the German crew to get everyone below deck. When Dietz hears Tyler’s cries for help, he laughs and orders the submarine to submerge. A wounded Bradley shoots him, but before the submarine can resurface, the heated river causes the munitions onboard to explode, sinking the submarine. Years later, Tyler and Lisa realize they will die on the island. They write down their adventures, put them into a metal thermos, and throw it into the sea. +

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