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Valley of Gwangi, The
(1969)
Reviewed by Scott Murdock
Rating: 6 Beans

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owboy Tuck Kirby (James Franciscus, TV's "Hunter") leads a horeseback expedition into a forbidden valley in the Mexican desert. He discovers that the valley is inhabited by dinosaurs. Tuck decides that the best thing to do with this discovery is to make a little cash from it.

After losing a few expendable Mexican extras to pounding lizard feet and gnashing teeth, the gang manages to lasso up a Tyrannosaurus Rex, which they corral back into town to display in a circus. Now we all know that this is a sci-fi no-no! You NEVER drag a newly-discovered giant creature into a town! But, Tuck musn't have paid too much attention in school, and so the T-Rex busts loose and wreaks havoc throughout rural Mexico.

What makes this movie so watchable (it is perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon) has nothing to do with the storyline, it is the classic cheesy look of the Ray Harryhausen special effects. This movie is a claymation fan's dream. Be sure to check out what I consider to be the movie's high point -- a claymation battle between the T-Rex and a circus elephant. Based on proportions, that elephant must be at least three times larger than any that has ever lived.

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