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Before Luke Skywalker, there was Doug McClure... His John Dark-Kevin Connor fantasy adventures were a mainstay of Summer holiday movies in the days before Star Wars: they weren't masterpieces, they didn't boast state-of-the-art special effects, but they were exactly what an audience of kids wanted from a film back in the mid 70s. Except for this one, which has always been regarded a bit like the dotty relation nobody ever talks about, and not without good reason.

Despite the success of their first two Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations, The Land That Time Forgot and At the Earth's Core, The People That Time Forgot was barely released, and it's not hard to see why. Combining the last two novels of Burroughs Caprona/Caspak trilogy and removing almost everything of interest from them, it was filmed on the cheap and looks it. This time round there are few dinosaurs, glove puppet or otherwise, and, either to keep the budget down or because they were too similar to the evil Mahars in At the Earth's Core, the flying dinosaur/human hybrids of the last novel have been replaced by a tribe of human sacrificing volcano worshipping samurai. With McClure reduced to a cameo, the film focuses on the rescue mission to the lost island of Caprona led by Patrick Wayne, Sarah Douglas and Thorley Walters but apart from Dana Gillespie's spectacular cleavage and an okay score from John Scott, there's not much to recommend it as it drags on forever to little effect. Unlike the first film there are no ideas, no plot, no sense of continuity with the original film, just the feeling of an unwelcome contractual obligation that everyone wants to get over as quickly and inexpensively as possible. When even throwing in Milton Reid as a samurai executioner can't liven it up you know you're in trouble. Failing even to work on the most elementary kids matinee show level and with no cheesy fun to be had, this one feels like hard work to get to the end.

MGM's DVD offers an okay widescreen transfer with a trailer the only extra, though the DVD is apparently missing one brief sequence.
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on 2 February 2014
‘The Land That Time Forgot’ was a classic. Okay, it was no Jurassic Park, but it was still enormous, campy fun and easy to watch. However, the sequel, where a second team is sent in to look for the survivors of the first crew, is a bit of a film too far.

It kind of reminds me of the first sequel to Planet of the Apes (Beneath). It’s got less of a budget, uses less of the original concept while trying to go in a different direction. Yes, it succeeds in not really retreading the first film, but everything about it seems ‘lesser.’

Perhaps it’s biggest failing is the fact that many will – obviously – compare it to the original. Maybe if it was a stand-alone film, people would be a little less judgemental.

However, it’s not all bad – you just have to accept it for what it is. It’s easy to watch every few years and quite fun if your expectations are low enough and don’t question how a cavegirl can remain so ‘perfectly groomed’ while living on a land with no modern appliances!

A solid 3/5 – nothing special, but not terrible either.
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Well is the the follow up to The Land That Time Forgot. Not as good as the first film - but it still has loads of fake dinosaurs, action and fun.

Good rainly day film.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 August 2012
The People That Time Forgot is directed by Kevin Connor and adapted to screenplay by Patrick Tilley from the novel of the same name written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. it stars Patrick Wayne, Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie, Thorley Walters, Shane Rimmer and Doug McClure. Music is scored by John Scott and cinematography by Alan Hume.

A sequel to The Land That Time Forgot, plot finds Wayne as Major Ben McBride who arranges a mission to go and search for his missing friend Bowen Tyler (McClure). As the party go beyond the Antartic wastes they find themselves in a world populated by prehistoric creatures and primitive tribes.

There are a group of film fans of a certain age that were exposed wilfully to the joys of Kevin Connor and Doug McClure Creature Features, the four pictures made with low budgets (see also The Land That Time Forgot 1975, At the Earth's Core 1976 & Warlords of Atlantis 1978) were simply put together with a standard structure of humans discovering an unknown land, who then encounter beasties and savage races and then try to escape said world of wonder. Back then in the 70s with youthful eyes these films were magnificent things, we didn't care about clunky animatronics and miniatures, staid dialogue and poorly constructed scenes of men grappling with a man in rubber make up. Nor did us boys pay any attention to the considerable heaving bosom factor, which is here supplied with a different kind of wonder by Dana Gillespie! But they are a group of films that once loved, is a love that lasts forever, yes, it's true love.

As it is, The People That Time Forgot is often thought of as the weakest of the four, yet it's every inch the equal of "Land", primarily because the cast attack the material with great spirit (Douglas is rather splendid and not just a posh girl with a pretty face), the film stock it's shot on is of better quality and John Scott's score is bursting with vitality. There's also a ripper of a finale here, with the pyrotechnics department creating merry hell. Explosives aplenty. While the Santa Cruz de la Palma location used for the world of Caprona is perfectly bereft of civilised leanings. As with the other's in the series, the ideas at the heart aren't fully realised because of the budget restrictions, so we basically get some talk between characters, then a fight with a beast, some more talk, another fight with a beast, a meeting with a uncivilised tribe, a fight with a beast, and on it goes until the derring-do escape. There will be peril and actually this one has a very noteworthy turn of events that might surprise a few of the uninitiated.

1977 of course was the year of Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which changed things considerably in the creature feature stakes. Thus the Connor/McClure movies were relegated to being antique relics of monster malarkey. Yet still they retain a quaint uniqueness, they are able to continually imbue many of us with waves of nostalgia, taking us back to a time when the likes of Connor made fantasy films with love and basic tools. The Land That Time Forgot was badly adapted to film in 2009 (C. Thomas Howell directing and starring), which begs the question on why Burroughs' Caspak trilogy has not been taken on by a big studio? As yet the third part of the trilogy, Out of Time's Abyss, has not received a filmic adaptation, can you imagine what someone like Spileberg could do with Burroughs' wonderful source ideas?

Ah well, we can but dream, in the meantime we will happily make do with our antiquities. 7/10
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on 30 June 2010
As a young boy I loved dinosaurs and when I saw this movie's poster I was determined to see the film. I was 12 or 13 at the time and wanted to see a dinosaur film. My mum took me to a small cinema in Bromley, Kent and we sat through the movie. At my age then I wasn't so interested in dinosaurs that I didn't notice the healthy curves of Ajor (Dana Gillespie) busting (literally) out of a doe skin bikini. Not even Raquel Welch in 1,000,000 Years B.C. had been so sexually charged as this amazing beauty. I loved the film and fell in love with Dana Gillespie. At the time I wasn't even aware of the previous film The Land That Time Forgot and when I did get to see it I was delighted with it too, but it lacked the busty Dana Gillespie and so, despite probably being the better film, I never quite saw it the same as this one.

The dinosaurs weren't very "dinosaur-y", having seen later dinosaur movies, but the actors gave it their all and created a magical world. I have since bought several of these "weird" movies: The Land That Time Forgot, At The Earth's Core, The Lost Continent, The Lost Empire, to name a few and I can safely say that no matter how others might view these films they still have a certain magic that takes me back to 12 or 13 years old and my love of this film and Dana Gillespie.

It was shortly after seeing this film that I was able to see an article in the, then, broadsheet News Of The World interviewing Miss Gillespie and her laughing about another film she starred in where a landslide of rocks bounced off her huge, heaving 44" bosom as she stood on a rocky ledge. I now know this was The Lost Continent, having seen it. What a woman!

I know that Doug McClure became a bit of a joke to the Americans (Troy McClure in The Simpsons, anyone) but I love his old movies and I will always remember him as Trampas in The Virginian. Any guy who got to work opposite Sarah Douglas, Caroline Munro and Dana Gillespie (and her amazing breasts) is all right by me!

As a final note it is probably an indication of this film's (and it's prequel's) appeal to the masses that they still regularly appear in the TV magazines and on TV.
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on 21 February 2014
I gave the triple doug mcClure set 4 stars,im giving this three,its not quite as good as the awfulness of the "Land that Time Forgot!",but still fun,and Patrick Waynes innit..a worthy wobberly follow up and Doug McClures in it for about 10 minutes.Plot,simp-le,Pat Wayne is looking for his Pal ,McClure, missing in action from its pre-decessor.
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on 24 January 2012
Nostalgia buffs are likely to be the main interested party as far as audience is concerned. It has not the film quality, the acting, the plot or narrative drive of Land That Time Forgot, which preceded it. McClure is only in this as a token gesture to the original film, which is a shame. The lead chap, Patrick Wayne, is a tad arrogant & stiff, not the most likeable..but there is a reason to go trudging through this. No its not the dinosaurs.

The dinosaurs are a bit thin on the ground and to be honest in this genre of movie, are at the lower end of credible papier-mache or trundling lump of rubber. They are not as good as nostalgia paints them in the minds eye.

However, the reason for watching is perhaps now to observe the qualities, the sheer effort, of Dana Gillespie as the cave-girl, trying to cross volcanic lands, strewn with rubble, crouching, sweating, glistening & even running..without falling out of her cave-girl costume. Lets face it, the costume department were most likely given her measurements, i believe they are 44, and were recommended something for outdoor pursuits, lots of wear and tear. Stunningly she cavorts throughout without leaving her costume. The highlight of the film is catching oneself watching events unfolding, which dont bear much of a synopsis so i wont, and seeing how much Dana Gillespie captures the frame. Exploitation at its best. Film however would fall far short of those that followed as well..
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on 1 April 2015
A colourful fun adventure that I have never seen before,But have wanted to see for many years,As I love THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT,And always wanted to know how the story continued after the first film.There is plenty of action,Dinosaurs and explosions to keep everyone of all ages happy.
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on 27 July 2013
I have read the book several times and enjoyed it. The film was dated but very enjoyable. You must remember that this film was made pre Computer Graphics.
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on 19 February 2010
The People That Time Forgot is the sequel to The Land That Time Forgot in 1975, again directed by Kevin Connor and similarly to this, based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the author of Tarzan. There is not much difference between the two; same tune narrative, the same monsters, warriors meanest, cartoons instead of special effects, ingenuity galore. It seems almost a repetition of the sci-fi series Universal 50 years, no spaceships, but with creatures of fantasy. There is the son of John Wayne, and very good, Sarah Douglas. Filmed on location in the Canary Islands. Pleasant music by John Scott and the rest is boredom. And 'little film that can be seen without expecting anything more than what the film promises, given the small budget (perhaps non-existent!. If you see it from this perspective, it can even be fun! (In addition to drawing some laughter, thanks to ... uhm ... "special effects" of subterranean nice girl...) A small gem of cinema "prehistoric", a loaf rather prolific in the '70s. exoticism, adventure, magic, a veiled presence of Eros, (along the curved half-naked heroine of the moment, Dana Gillespie) and a touch of feminism (the courageous reporter played by Douglas). Congratulations on a photograph and sugggestive sets, but not so special effects we are facing perhaps the most ugly monsters never seen the movies. In one scene, the model is so clumsy that he can not even bite one of us: the feeling is that not only will the writers (!).
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