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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 »
NewsDesk:
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User Reviews:
Well-done treatment of a standard sci-fi theme. See more (55 total) »

Cast

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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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Language:
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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The puppet of the behemoth is owned by Dennis Muren.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the old fisherman is hit by the Behemoth's radiation, he covers his face with his hands. When John and Jean discover him, his hands are not burned, only his face.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 »
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What are the differences between the old UK Theatrical Version and the US Version?
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Well-done treatment of a standard sci-fi theme., 10 January 2005
Author: Dhawley-2 from Virginia, United States

Director Eugene (Gene) Lourie made three similarly-themed giant monster flicks, beginning with 1953's 'Beast From 20,000 Fathoms' to 1961's 'Gorgo', with 'Behemoth' sandwiched in between. The story line is much like a myriad of other films of the era (and very much like 'Beast...") but this one is a cut above. This time, the irradiated creature (weren't they all during the 50s?) turns up in British waters. Unlike 'Beast' and 'Gorgo' (as well as Godzilla and the others), this Behemoth not only was a huge creature, but also had the ability to project 'electrified fields of radiation', causing people to literally burn to death. Scenes with Behemoth climbing out of the Thames, destroying buildings and burning people to death (even kids aren't spared) is pretty exciting. While close-ups of Behemoth are not realistic (compared to Ray Harryhausen's work in 'Beast'), the full-body scenes done by Willis O'Brien are very effective. The acting, untypical of these films, is actually pretty well done. Character actor Gene Evans and Hammer Films regular Andre Morell do splendid jobs, and the supporting cast is fine too. One can quibble over which of these films is the best, but I agree with an observation made in Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film that The Giant Behemoth was "the scariest giant monster-on-the-loose film ever made." At least up to that point, anyway. Well worth having if you're a fan of old sci-fi & horror films.

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