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Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon (2008)

Michael Shanks , Shannen Doherty , Farhad Mann  |  NR |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Shanks, Shannen Doherty, JR Bourne, Toby Berner, Heather Doerksen
  • Directors: Farhad Mann
  • Writers: Clay Carmouche
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NY4WNS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,233 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon" on IMDb

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In the early days of the 20th Century, an expedition led by Dr. Samuel Jordon traveled deep into the Grand Canyon in search of a long-rumored hidden city. The entire team disappeared. But when Jordon’s archaeologist daughter Susan (Shannen Doherty) leads a rescue party into the uncharted valley, she will discover an ancient civilization ruled by savage warriors, human sacrifice and a mythological monster that feeds on carnage. Even if the explorers can survive the deadly trials of the Aztecs, will they find a way to escape the ultimate ritual of evil? Michael Shanks and JR Bourne of STARGATE SG-1 co-star in this top-rated Sci Fi Original Movie from the producer of SANDS OF OBLIVION and THE FALLEN ONES.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars When bad dialogue happens to good actors March 15, 2009
I really felt sorry for Michael Shanks as Dr. Thane in this movie. Not because of what he goes through, but because his dialogue is about as stiff and unoriginal as I've heard in a very long time. I rather liked the monster, but the script, directing, editing, and bulk of the acting were terrible. Most of the Aztec warriors looked like pale Canadian extras with bad fake tans. Except for Shanks, all of the actors regularly seemed to miss their beats. There would be just a pause too long or a pedestrian delivery. Even Michael Shanks seemed to struggle at times with his delivery. However, to give him credit, Shanks was able to pull it off better than the others. Any fans who force themselves to sit through this film will be rewarded by a number of small moments in the movie, when Shanks somehow manages to rise above the terrible writing and draw us in with a look or a smile. However, for the most part, I was cheering when every character died because it meant one less actor trashing his or her lines.

That said, there are a couple scenes that I enjoyed. One is watching Michael Shank's archeologist character ride up to the rescue on a mule carrying an umbrella like a parasol. I couldn't help wondering if it was a nod to Elizabeth Peter's intrepid character of Amelia Peabody, Egyptian archeologist. I also give the writers credit for surprising me at the end with a moment I didn't see coming, which made me laugh in delight.

It's a shame the dialogue was so bad. This really could have been an interesting story if handled better. Dr. Thane (played by Shanks) is not your usual hero and has the makings of a really fun and intriguing character. Unfortunately, one actor, no matter how good, cannot rescue a truly bad movie.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DEAR GOD NO!!!! April 16, 2010
This movie is Horrible!!!!!! it is way awful to be this long. The effects suck. The Kills suck. I mean come on the name says it all.

The ONLY way this is a "good" movie is if you're into really bad movies that are so bad they're comedies--the reason I Picked it up. Even going in with that attitude it is a bad movie. save your money.

The monster looks like a lame invisible(predator style) power ranger
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a great adventure movie? July 19, 2010
Then don't bother with this one. Cheap, cheezy special effects, pitifully predictable plot line, shallow characters. Made in 2008 so you'd think they could do a better job with the effects than the cartoon like scenes we watched. Nope, I'd give this one zero stars if it would let me.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly entertaining January 2, 2009
Researchers for the Smithsonian working in the Grand Canyon discover an Aztec city. Susan Jordan (Shannen Doherty) leads a team to find her father and his colleagues, who are trapped in the city by Aztec warriors and their serpent god. Michael Shanks from Stargate SG-1 is a member of the search team. Co-starring in the movie are J R Bourne, Toby Berner, Heather Doerksen, Duncan Fraser and Peter New. The movie was filmed in Kamloops, British Columbia. (I wonder why they didn't film it in the Grand Canyon?) The scenery is beautiful. Oddly enough, Kamloops is the town where Michael Shanks grew up! "The Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon" is a made-for-TV period movie that has aired on the SCIFI channel.

I like this type of movie and had high hopes for a couple hours of entertainment. I thought Shannen and Michael deserved a better dialogue and special effects. I don't expect a lot from movies, only to be entertained. The acting was decent, given the movie's other limitations. I thought that Michael and Shannen had some chemistry on-screen. That said, the movie was mildly entertaining. I do recommend it for fans of the genre like myself, but only if you have nothing better to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I got this DVD not knowing it was a TV movie January 8, 2010
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I'm a fan of Michael Shanks and Shannen Doherty. The film was listed as 'unrated' and seemed to me to have potential for some bawdy antics from Heather Doerksen. Out in the middle of the Grand Canyon landscape anything can happen. Maybe even the feared monster could manage something like ripping a blouse or something. But none of that takes place, and the movie disappointed me because Shannen Doherty is so tame and conservative. Her 90210 acting gave me some hope she wouldn't be so victorian in her attire, and Shannen played in Hell on Heels as well as in Charmed with a lot more sexual energy. Michael Shanks was throttled back in potential too, and I think the emphasis was meant to fall more upon the savage tribe of lost Inca/Aztec type people, and if Michael Shanks wasn't in it, I'd have tossed this one into the garbage bin - too ashamed to give it away. This kind of movie is why adventure films typically get passed over - they NEED to be passed over. Boo and hiss. Don't buy this unless you just don't have anything else better to watch on the cartoon channel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A painful experience August 11, 2009
This is one of the worst movies that I have sat through in a long time. As a fan of Star Gate, I had hopes that some of the actors would pull this low budget movie from the depths. Alas, it was difficult to determine what was worst: the acting, script, or the special effects (as an example, the "Aztecs" grunted throughout the movie like a bunch of cavemen, and many looked more Scandanavian than Native American. Save yourself the pain and don't bother with this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Really terrible movie, but I adore Michael Shanks
Really terrible movie, but I adore Michael Shanks. He and JR Bourne (Martouf on SG-1) were the only redeeming part of this crapfest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Kessler
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I really liked the movie. The setting was a wonderful place (Grand Canyon setting) to film the movie. I would purchase from the company again
Published 14 months ago by lremick
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon
What a great adventure and Michael Shanks, too. Wonderful escapism! I wish there were more fun flics like this. M
Published 15 months ago by M
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok, so it's hokey~
But it's still a fun cult movie. Good to watch when you want something mindless and without gore. Much like Giant From the Unknown, it's an older movie, made without the buckets... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Gail E aka the Stitch 'n Frog
5.0 out of 5 stars HAD GOOD ACTION
Published 20 months ago by putder53
5.0 out of 5 stars lost treasure
This was a very interesting movie. I recurved it in record time so I would buy from this Bender anytime. Thanks!
Published on April 26, 2012 by Ann Herbig
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildy entertaining at times...mostly forgettable
"Lost Treasure of the Grand Canyon" is pretty much a standard SyFy channel offering, with the exception that it's set in the early 1900's. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Valerie
3.0 out of 5 stars 2008 TV movie has all the pluses and minuses of a Hallmark movie
Actually filmed in Thompson-Nicola Region, British Columbia, Canada, this film is no ware near plausible. Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stocking stuffer for the holidays!!!
I think all the sub 4 star reviews were posted because they didn't watch it in Blueray. Buy the blueray....
Published on November 8, 2010 by C. Kim
1.0 out of 5 stars heart wrenchingly awful . . .
Having nothing to do with the state of Arizona, this daughter searching for her lost archeologist father tale, is characterized by mediocre acting, bad dialog, weak special... Read more
Published on August 14, 2010 by trebe
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