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Behemoth the Sea Monster
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The Giant Behemoth -- London Bridge is falling down when a prehistoric monster revived by an atomic explosion takes on the royal city.


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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
3 March 1959 (USA) See more »
The Biggest Thing Since Creation! See more »
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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  (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
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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80 min | UK:72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Norway:16 | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19083) | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The puppet of the behemoth is owned by Dennis Muren.See more »
Revealing mistakes: After the ferry is sunk, a newspaper vendor is shown on the street calling out, "Extra! Extra! Monster Attacks London. Monster Latest." But the man clearly never opens his mouth while he's supposed to be saying those words.See more »
Steve Karnes:[looking at the instrument plate] This is very impressive, but I'm not going to perform surgery... I'm going to cut a fish.See more »
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Behemoth a Generation Favorite, 27 December 2005
Author: cal-53 from United States

This film was made before the days of cgi and therefore must seem painfully dated to younger viewers but to us who grew up in the atomic monster age it is both scary and charming. We do not look with judgment on the film but rather on the times in which it was produced. Fond memories of drive-in theaters and Saturday night scarfests with friends. Carefree times of youth and adolescence. That said "Behemoth" is ultimately more entertaining with it's challenging fx than many of our modern day films which completely lack any charm. Simply filling a film with eye catching Cgi does not a movie make. Willis O'Brian's painstaking stop-motion effects and Eugene Lourie's talent with a minuscule budget unite to make a scary premise very entertaining and certainly fondly remembered.

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