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It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Approved | | Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1955 (USA)
A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

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After an encounter at sea with an unknown underwater creature, a naval commander works with two scientists to identify it. The creature they are dealing with is a giant, radioactive octopus that has left its normal feeding grounds in search of new sources of replenishment. As the creature attacks San Francisco, the Navy tries to trap it at the Golden Gate Bridge but it manages to enter the Bay area leading to a final confrontation with a submarine. Written by garykmcd

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Early in the film Kenneth Toby walks right past a "No Smoking" while smoking a cigarette in the marine biology lab. See more »

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In the opening scene, Cmdr. Matthews' submarine is patrolling the North Pacific; the enlisted men have their sleeves rolled up, and the uniforms of the commander and his exec have perspiration stains. Considering the frigidity of North Pacific waters, it's rather hard to believe that it could be uncomfortably warm in the submarine. See more »

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Narrator: From her beginnings on a Navy drawing board, through the months of secret field experiments out on the Western desert, then through the desperate search for new metals with the properties she needed, she was designed to be the nation's greatest weapon of the seas - the atom-powered submarine. Her engines were to be a miracle of speed and power, her sides strong enough to withstand any blow, her armament and fire power of greater force than the worst enemy she might encounter. The ...
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One of THE best of the 50's monster films!
9 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Ray Harryhausen's giant octopus is a stop-motion MASTERPIECE!

An excellent film & story!

Trivia: The producer's budget wouldn't allow the creation of an 8-tentacled octopus, so it only has SIX legs (this isn't noticeable, 'cos u think the other two are under water!).

And, the City of San Francisco didn't want the "landmark of their city", the Golden Gate Bridge destroyed (even in miniature!), so the cameras & crew had to be "smuggled" on the actual bridge!

A MUST-SEE film from the 50's !


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