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Theodore Rex (1995)

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In an alternate futuristic society, a tough female police detective is paired with a talking dinosaur to find the killer of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals leading them to a mad scientist bent on creating a new Armageddon.

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Jonathan R. Betuel (as Jonathan Betuel)

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Jonathan R. Betuel (as Jonathan Betuel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Katie Coltrane
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Elizar Kane
Juliet Landau ... Dr. Veronica Shade
Bud Cort ... Spinner
Stephen McHattie ... Edge
George Newbern ... Theodore Rex (voice)
Carol Kane ... Molly Rex (voice)
Richard Roundtree ... Commissioner Lynch
Jack Riley ... Alaric
Peter Mackenzie ... Alex Summers
Joe Dallesandro ... Rogan
Tony T. Johnson Tony T. Johnson ... Sebastian
Susie Coelho Susie Coelho ... Dr. Armitraj
Peter Kwong ... Toymaker
Edith Diaz Edith Diaz ... Ella
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Storyline

In a future town a female police detective (Whoopi Goldberg) has to colaborate with Theodore Rex, a genetically generated Tyrannosaurus Rex, in order to investigate the murder of another dinosaur. Written by Volker Boehm

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And don't even think of calling him Barney. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1995 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

T. Rex See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$33,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Whoopi Goldberg made a verbal agreement to star in the film in 1993. When she tried to back out, producer Richard Gilbert Abramson sued her for $20 million. The suit was settled very quickly, when Goldberg agreed to star for $7 million, $2 million more than the original agreement. See more »

Goofs

Theodore Rex's shoes change from red to blue and back throughout the movie. See more »

Quotes

Katie Coltrane: You cannot eat our only suspect!
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Sort of like if you reused some of the characters from the TV show "Dinosaurs" but without any comedy or cleverness.
6 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Currently, "Theodore Rex" is listed on IMDb's infamous Bottom 100 list. While I would agree it was a bad and very misguided project, I cannot understand why there is this much hatred for the film. Sure, it's bad...but I've seen a lot worse!! At least it has interesting sets and dinosaur costumes...though little else. I'd consider putting it on the Bottom 1000 list (if they ever come up with one). As for the costumes, the look like they were literally recycled from the "Dinosaurs" TV series...though unlike the show, the film has little in the way of cleverness, comedy or fun.

The film is set in some sort of weirdo alternate reality but the prologue trying to explain this was completely confusing and unnecessary. Suffice to say, in this sci-fi film, human-like dinosaurs act just like people...and coexist in a human world. Or, at least they try to coexist but the humans look down on their cold- blooded friends. Because of this, when a cop (Whoopi Goldberg) is assigned to work with the very first dinosaur police detective, she is less than thrilled. And, by this point, her feeling is pretty much the audience's.

The bottom line is that the story is dull and often stupid. But the film isn't the most boring film I've ever seen--not that this is a glowing endorsement. I think that instead of making this super- expensive direct-to-video release, the filmmakers would have been much better off just making a "Dinosaurs" movie...it couldn't help but be better and less annoying.


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