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Behemoth the Sea Monster
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Writers (WGA):
Robert Abel (story) &
Allen Adler (story) ...
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Release Date:
3 March 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Biggest Thing Since Creation! See more »
Plot:
Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
An excellent British monster movie See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Gene Evans ... Steve Karnes

André Morell ... Prof. James Bickford
John Turner ... John
Leigh Madison ... Jean Trevethan

Jack MacGowran ... Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist
Maurice Kaufmann ... Mini Submarine Officer
Henri Vidon ... Tom Trevethan
Leonard Sachs ... Scientist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neal Arden ... TV Newscaster (uncredited)
Max Faulkner ... PLA Radio Operator (uncredited)
Arthur Gomez ... Fisherman on Quayside (uncredited)
Neil Hallett ... Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Alastair Hunter ... Doctor (uncredited)
Patrick Jordan ... Photo Lab Aide (uncredited)
Lloyd Lamble ... Adm. Summers (uncredited)
Howard Lang ... Naval Commander (uncredited)
André Maranne ... French Radio Officer (uncredited)

Derren Nesbitt ... Radio Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Hickox 
Eugène Lourié 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Abel (story) &
Allen Adler (story)

Eugène Lourié (screenplay)

Daniel James  screenplay (originally uncredited)

Produced by
David Diamond .... producer
Ted Lloyd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edwin Astley 
 
Cinematography by
Desmond Davis 
Ken Hodges 
 
Film Editing by
Lee Doig 
 
Production Design by
Eugène Lourié 
 
Art Direction by
Harry White 
 
Makeup Department
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
Bernadette Ibbetson .... hair stylist (as Bernie Ibbetson)
 
Production Management
Jacques de Lane Lea .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Mills .... assistant director
Ron Purdie .... third assistant director
 
Sound Department
Richard Marden .... sound editor
Sydney Wiles .... sound (as Sid Wiles)
 
Visual Effects by
Irving Block .... special effects designer and creator
Louis DeWitt .... special effects designer and creator
Willis H. O'Brien .... special effects designer and creator (as Willis O'Brien)
Pete Peterson .... special effects designer and creator (as Pete Petterson)
Jack Rabin .... special effects designer and creator
Phil Kellison .... miniatures (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Desmond Davis .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frede Gibson .... wardrobe supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Behemoth the Sea Monster" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
80 min | UK:72 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Norway:16 | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
US prints do not have Douglas Hickox sharing the directing credit with Eugène Lourié, nor list Leonard Sachs among the cast. The UK version's credits, on the other hand, leave off the entire special effects crew.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As the monster walks through the city, it stops at the corner of a building and roars down at a group of people below. In the next shot, people are seen running away from the monster as it again walks through the city, immediately after which the monster is shown once again standing at the same building corner.See more »
Quotes:
Steve Karnes:[solemnly] One thing is sure. Something has happened here that isn't in the book. Something came out of the ocean and now has gone back into.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dinosaurs (1996) (V)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old UK Theatrical Version and the US Version?
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
An excellent British monster movie, 19 June 2002
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

In the 1950's, Britain didn't go for monster movies like America did. This one from 1959 is one of the best.

It is directed by Eugene Lourie and is basically a remake of his The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms with the story set in England instead of America.

The dinosaur in this movie is woken up from a very long sleep as a result of atomic bomb tests off the coast of Cornwall. He heads for London after killing several people on the way. He goes on the rampage there, bringing down London Bridge and killing some soldiers in the process. He gets gassed at the end. Willis O'Brien (King Kong) was responsible for the stop-motion monster. It looks quite impressive.

I foud this movie quite enjoyable and is worth seeing if you get the chance.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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