Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

Taglines: This adventure began 150 million years ago.

The paleontologist Susan Matthews-Loomis moves with her husband, the unemployed journalist George Loomis, to the Ivory Coast to work with her former professor, Doctor Eric Kiviat, and his assistant Nigel Jenkins in an archaeological site. When George is invited to work in a newspaper in the United States, Susan discovers a bone that she believes is from a dinosaur; but Eric tells that she is wrong.

However he knows that Susan has made an important discovery and wants the credits. George packs their stuff to travel but Susan wants to check her discovery and leaves a note to him telling that she will investigate further in the forest. George hires an airplane to follow her and he succeeds to find his wife. Soon they find befriend the native Cephu and his tribe. When they find a family of brontosaurus in the middle of the forest, they feed the animals and become close to their baby.

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend is a 1985 American adventure fantasy film directed by Bill L. Norton and starring William Katt, Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan, and Julian Fellowes. The story is based on rumors about dinosaur-like creatures called Mokele-mbembe purported to exist in Africa. Produced by Disney’s Touchstone Films unit, it was first released on March 22, 1985.

About the Story

During an expedition into Central Africa, paleontologist Dr. Susan Matthews-Loomis (Sean Young) and her husband George Loomis (William Katt) attempt to track down evidence of a local monster legend. The monster, which the local natives refer to as Mokèlé-mbèmbé, shares many characteristics with the Sauropod order of dinosaurs.

During the expedition, they discover Brontosaurs in the deep jungle and are further amazed when the animals show very little fear of them. The couple begins observing the creatures and become especially enamored with the curious young offspring of the pair, whom they nickname “Baby”. Unfortunately, the discovery soon places the dinosaurs in jeopardy from both the local military as well as fellow scientist Dr. Eric Kiviat (Patrick McGoohan).

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

Whereas Dr. Kiviat sees Baby and his parents as his ticket to fame & fortune, the African military led by Colonel Nsogbu (Olu Jacobs) sees the dinosaurs as a threat and makes several attempts to destroy them. During one such attempt, one of the adult Brontosaurs is killed and the other captured.

The Loomises are able to escape with Baby, but quickly find themselves lost in the jungle while being pursued by Colonel Nsogbu’s forces. After finally escaping their pursuers, the pair decide to circle back and rescue the captive parent, whom Dr. Kiviat has persuaded Nsogbu to transport back to civilization.

With the aid of the local tribe – whom see Baby and his parents as legends – George and Susan are able to break into the military compound and release the adult Brontosaur. During the escape, both Kiviat and Nsogbu are killed. Afterwards, the Loomises take the pair to a secluded jungle lagoon and say a tearful goodbye to Baby as he follows his lone parent away into the deeper parts of the jungle.

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend Movie Poster (1985)

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985)

Directed by: Bill Norton
Starring: William Katt, Sean Young, Patrick McGoohan, Susie Nottingham, Alexis Meless, Hugh Quarshie, Julian Fellowes
Screenplay by: Clifford Green, Ellen Green
Production Design by: Ray Storey
Cinematography by: John Alcott
Film Editing by: David Bretherton, Howard E. Smith
Music by: Jerry Goldsmith
Distributed by: Buena Vista Distribution
Release Date: March 22, 1985