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Director:
Writers:
Bert I. Gordon (story)
George Worthing Yates (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The towering terror from hell!
Plot:
Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colosasal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very hungry. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
All in all really nothing too bad. See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sally Fraser ... Joyce Manning
Roger Pace ... Maj. Mark Baird
Duncan 'Dean' Parkin ... Col. Glenn Manning (as Dean Parkin)
Russ Bender ... Dr. Carmichael
Rico Alaniz ... Sgt. Luis Murillo
George Becwar ... John Swanson
Robert Hernandez ... Miguel
Charles Stewart ... Capt. Harris
June Jocelyn ... Mrs. Edwards
John McNamara ... Neurologist
Loretta Nicholson ... Joan
Raymond Winston ... Arthur Lang
Jack Kosslyn ... Newscaster
George Navarro ... Mexican Doctor
Bob Garnet ... Pentagon Correspondent
Stan Chambers ... TV Announcer
June Burt ... Laurie Edwards
Howard Wright ... Medical Research Officer
Mary Hennessy
George Alexander ... Army Officer
Bill Giorgio ... Bus Driver
Hal Torey
George Milan ... Gen. Nelson

Warren Frost ... Operator (Switchboard)
Robert Tetrick (as Bob Tetrick)
Rod Dana
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louie Elias ... Soldier (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Mayor (uncredited)
Glenn Langan ... Lt. Col. Glenn Manning (archive footage) (uncredited)
Merritt Stone ... Cop (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bert I. Gordon 
 
Writing credits
Bert I. Gordon (story)

George Worthing Yates (screenplay)

Produced by
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... executive producer
Bert I. Gordon .... producer
James H. Nicholson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Glasser 
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta  (as Jack Marta)
 
Film Editing by
Ronald Sinclair 
 
Art Direction by
Walter E. Keller  (as Walter Keller)
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman  (as Maury Hoffman)
 
Makeup Department
Jack H. Young .... special makeup
 
Production Management
Herbert E. Mendelson .... production manager (as Herb Mendelson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert E. Mendelson .... assistant director (as H.E. Mendelson)
John W. Rogers .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Walter Broadfoot .... property master
 
Sound Department
Josef von Stroheim .... sound editor
Ben Winkler .... sound mixer (as Benny Winkler)
 
Special Effects by
Bert I. Gordon .... special technical effects
Flora M. Gordon .... assistant technical effects
 
Visual Effects by
Bert I. Gordon .... special visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Burl Stafford .... chief set electrician
 
Editorial Department
Ronald Sinclair .... editorial supervisor
Paul Wittenberg .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Albert Glasser .... conductor
 
Other crew
Henry Schrage .... assistant to producer
Judith Hart .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
69 min
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Certification:
UK:X (original rating) | USA:Approved (Certificate #19024)

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Trivia:
The final scene of the film, lasting less than one minute, is in color.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In The Amazing Colossal Man (1957), army doctors mention that Glenn's heart has not grown proportionally with the rest of his body and that it will literally explode in a matter of days. In 'War of the Colossal Beast', which takes place some time after the previous film, Glenn shows no signs of the existing heart ailment.See more »
Quotes:
Joyce Manning:Do you know what it's like, just sitting around waiting for news?
Maj. Mark Baird:You mind if I suggest a remedy? It's an old one , but it usually works. Find something else to occupy your mind. Do you have a job?
Joyce Manning:I write copy for an advertising agency .
Maj. Mark Baird:Now that should help you forget your troubles.
Joyce Manning:I can imagine myself going back to write all those tired old adjectives: "Tremendous," "Gigantic," "Colossal!" You know what they'd mean to me now, don't you? Glenn! A colossal freak, Major, and he's my brother!
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Referenced in Drive-in Movie Memories (2001)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
All in all really nothing too bad., 23 April 2008
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

Even though this movie picks a less subtle approach than its predecessor "The Amazing Collosal Man", this movie still works out as a rather good and enjoyable B-movie.

Basically there is even less story than the last time and the movies starts off were the first movie stopped. You can say that this movie is more of the same, since it doesn't offer anything new really but its welcomed, since its basically some good entertainment. It's definitely way better than your average B-monster movie attempt. It remains rather amusing to see a 60 feet man causing mayhem, no matter how simple and ridicules it sounds. Of course the movie gets rather ridicules at times, also with its characters and dialogs but what else could be expected from a movie like this.

The first movie still sort of picked a more emotional monster approach, in the same way as for instance was the case with classic monster movies such as "Frankenstein" and "The Wolf Man". This movie still somewhat has a 'realistic' approach feeling over it but the emotional elements involving the main character are pretty much gone by now because of the reason that the condition of him has influenced his brain, as already was the case at the ending of the first movie, causing him to be more of a growling monster this time.

The movie is directed by the same director (Bert I. Gordon) of the first movie but yet the movie does not use the same actors. Sort of makes you wonder why, as if the actors from the first movie were classy actors who were in the position the make demands and ask for an high salary. It's not a big issue though that the actors are different ones this time, even though its definitely true that the acting in this movie is worse than was the case in the first movie.

The special effects are just as effective looking as they already were in the first movie. Of course it doesn't look like much special by todays standards but back in the '50's this must have really scared some people and must have been amazed by some of the movie its effects. Even now the movie still remains sort of somewhat scary at times because of the make-up effects and growls of the amazing colossal man, or beast as this movie its title calls him. It's definitely more of an horror movie than the first movie was, that mainly picked a science-fiction approach.

It doesn't feature as much action as the movie its title might suggest and actually when you compare this movie to the first one, you'll see that both actually feature just as much action. This might be a disappointing aspect, since the movie its title obviously suggest some bigger, better action. Oh well, of course back in the '50's they just didn't had a good idea yet of how to create an action filled summer blockbuster.

More of the same but therefor also just as good and watchable as the first movie.

6/10

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