The Last Dinosaur (1977 film)

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The Last Dinosaur Japanese Poster
Directed by                   Produced by
Tsugunobu Kotani, Alexander Grasshoff Noboru Tsuburaya, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Kazuyoshi Kasai, Benni Korzen, Kinshiro Ohkubo, Masaki Izuka
Written by                       Music by  
William Overgard Kenjiro Hirose,
Maury Laws
Distributed by                       Rating      
Toho Company Ltd.JP,
American Broadcasting CompanyUS
  Budget                           Box Office
 ?  ?
Running Time
106 minutesJP
(1 hour, 46 minutes)
95 minutesUS
1 hour, 35 minutes)
Designs Used
ShodaiTirano, ShodaiTorikera, ShodaiPutera

The Last Dinosaur (極底探検船: ポーラーボーラ,   Kyokutei Tanken-sen: Pōrā-Bōra?, lit. Expedition Under the Pole: Polar-Borer) is a 1977 tokusatsu kaiju film co-produced by Rankin/Bass Productions and Tsuburaya Productions and distributed by Toho Company Ltd.


Wealthy big-game hunter Masten Thrust, using his company's advanced drilling vehicle, the Polar-Borer, leads an expedition to a mysterious underground pocket beneath the North Pole which is inhabited by several dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, including a tribe of primitive humans. The expedition takes a dangerous turn when a Tyrannosaurus rex destroys the Polar-Borer, leaving the crew stranded in a mysterious primitive world, where they are stalked by the T-Rex and various other dangerous creatures.


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Tsugunobu Kotani, Alexander Grasshoff
  • Written by   William Overgard
  • Produced by   Noboru Tsuburaya, Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Kazuyoshi Kasai, Benni Korzen, Kinshiro Ohkubo, Masaki Izuka
  • Music by   Kenjiro Hirose, Maury Laws, Nancy Wilson
  • Cinematography by   Shoji Ueda
  • Edited by   Minoru Kozono, Yoshitami Kuroiwa, Tatsuji Nakashizu
  • Assistant Directing by   Shohei Tojo
  • Special Effects by   Kazuo Sagawa, Yoshiyuki Yoshimura


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Richard Boone   as   Masten Thrust Jr.
  • Joan Van Ark   as   Francesca Banks
  • Steven Keats   as   Chuck Wade
  • Luther Rackley   as   Bunta
  • Masumi Sekiya   as   Hazel
  • William Ross   as   Hal
  • Carl Hansen   as   Barney
  • Tetsu Nakamura   as   Dr. Kawamoto
  • Don Maloney   as   Captain of Mother 1
  • Vanessa Cristina   as   Reporter
  • Shunsuke Kariya   as   Primal Man leader



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Main article: The Last Dinosaur (1977 film)/Gallery.


Main article: The Last Dinosaur (1977 film soundtrack).

Alternate Titles

  • Expedition Under the Pole: Polar-Borer (Literal Japanese title)

U.S. Release

The Last Dinosaur was scheduled for theatrical releases in both Japan and the United States, however it was decided at the last moment to release the film straight to television in the U.S. The film was aired on television by ABC, and had 11 minutes cut from its run time, while it was later released uncut theatrically in Japan. Warner Bros. finally released the uncut English version of the film in 2011 on DVD.

Video Releases

Toho (2009)

  • Released: 2009
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese

Warner Bros. (2011)

  • Released: 2011
  • Region: Region 1
  • Language: English





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