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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms -- A frozen dinosaur is freed from its 100 million year Arctic imprisonment by nuclear testing and takes off on a path of destruction.
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Director:
Writers:
Lou Morheim (screenplay) and
Fred Freiberger (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 June 1953 (USA) See more »
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It's alive ! See more »
Plot:
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and ultimately New York City. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
One of the All-Time Greats See more (84 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Paul Hubschmid ... Prof. Tom Nesbitt (as Paul Christian)
Paula Raymond ... Lee Hunter

Cecil Kellaway ... Prof. Thurgood Elson

Kenneth Tobey ... Col. Jack Evans
Donald Woods ... Capt. Phil Jackson

Lee Van Cleef ... Corp. Stone
Steve Brodie ... Sgt. Loomis
Ross Elliott ... George Ritchie
Jack Pennick ... Jacob Bowman
Ray Hyke ... Sgt. Willistead
Paula Hill ... Miss Ryan (as Mary Hill)
Michael Fox ... ER Doctor
Alvin Greenman ... First Radar Man

Frank Ferguson ... Dr. Morton
King Donovan ... Dr. Ingersoll
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Merv Griffin ... Announcer & Bespectacled Man (in theatrical trailer) (voice)
Fred Aldrich ... Radio Operator (uncredited)

James Best ... Charlie - Radar Man (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Lighthouse Keeper (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ... Nun / Nurse (uncredited)

Robert Easton ... Deckhand (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Maj. Evans (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Ballet-Goer (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Ballet-Goer (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Longshoreman (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Cop with Rifle (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Soldier (uncredited)
Vivian Mason ... Miss Ryan - Secretary (uncredited)
Steve Mitchell ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Captain George LeMay (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Cop (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Doctor (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Opening Narrator / Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugène Lourié 
 
Writing credits
Lou Morheim (screenplay) and
Fred Freiberger (screenplay)

Ray Bradbury (story "The Fog Horn")

Daniel James  uncredited
Eugène Lourié  uncredited
Robert Smith  uncredited

Produced by
Bernard W. Burton .... co-producer
Hal E. Chester .... co-producer
Jack Dietz .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
 
Cinematography by
John L. Russell  (as Jack Russell)
 
Film Editing by
Bernard W. Burton 
 
Production Design by
Eugène Lourié 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle 
 
Makeup Department
Louis Phillipi .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Hal Waller .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
George Groves .... sound
Max M. Hutchinson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Willis Cook .... special effects
Ray Harryhausen .... animation effects
George Lofgren .... special effects
Eugène Lourié .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... technical effects created by
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Michael Fox .... dialogue director
 

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Runtime:
80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #16143, General Audience) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Deleted Scene: The 2003 DVD release reveals one shot of the Rhedasaurus that was omitted from the final film. That shot can be found in the trailer for The Black Scorpion (1957) (in special features) about 1/2 through the preview. (Spoiler: The Beast is walking, breast high, toward screen right. The background shows 2 buildings; one of them with fire escapes. Superimposed title card states, "You've thrilled to the terror of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms."See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Prof Nesbitt is being interviewed in the hospital shortly after the start of the movie, he is being told that sea monsters do not exist and the interviewer mentions Loch Lomond as an example. He obviously means the Loch Ness monster. Given that, he is further erroneous in stating that it had never been photographed, as one of the most famous photos of "Nessie" was taken in the 1930s.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Opening Narrator:This is Operation Experiment, a secret base far north of the Arctic Circle. Experiment was the codename for a top priority scientific expedition. These men arrived here on X-day minus 60. It has taken them the full two months to get ready. Today is X-day.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Gorgo: Behind the Scenes (2000) (V)See more »

FAQ

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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
One of the All-Time Greats, 3 April 2003
Author: Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) from Los Angeles, California

This film is not only a great science fiction film, but it is also one of the most influential as well. Within a few years of its release, giant monster films began to pop up from every major studio. Everything from giant ants, tarantulas, praying mantises and gila monsters began to pop up all over the place. But, perhaps its biggest influence was felt in Japan. This film is often sighted as being the main inspiration for Gojira (Godzilla). This film is defintely a classic.

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