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Writers (WGA):
Robert Abel (story) &
Allen Adler (story) ...
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Release Date:
3 March 1959 (USA) See more »
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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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Not bad, but the people who made this film had done better work elsewhere and the plot offers little that is new. See more (54 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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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:

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Trivia:
The puppet of the behemoth is owned by Dennis Muren.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the on-land scenes of the monster chasing people down the street there is a large license plate plainly visible on an abandoned car: 911-MMR. As the people run further blocks down the street the same license plate is plainly visible again but the car is parked at a different angle and is somewhat lifted up at an angle.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist:Oh, it's heading for the Thames. They always made for the freshwater rivers to die. That's where their skeletons have been found - some irrestible instinct to die in the shallows that gave them birth. You know, all my life I hoped this would happen. Ever since childhood I expected it...See more »
Movie Connections:
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What are the differences between the old UK Theatrical Version and the US Version?
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Not bad, but the people who made this film had done better work elsewhere and the plot offers little that is new., 22 December 2001

When it comes to this film, some people love it, while others despise it. There seems to be no middle ground. Actually, BEHEMOTH, THE SEA MONSTER (aka THE GIANT BEHEMOTH) is not a bad giant monster on the loose flick. I enjoyed it when was a kid and I have this film on video and I still enjoy viewing it today. The special effects are pretty good for a quickly made low budget picture, the cast including Gene Evans turn in solid performances and Eugene Lourie's direction is quite good. The radiation scarred victims of the behemoth's radioactive aura (?) shocked me as a kid.

However, the main problem with this film is that we have seen it all before. The film is almost a remake of Lourie's BEAST FROM TWENTY THOUSAND FATHOMS. The original script for this film was about an invisible radioactive monster that dwelled in the ocean. The backers of this film turned the script down, saying they didn't like the idea of an invisible monster. So Lourie went with a radioactive dinosaur and simply rewrote BEAST FROM TWENTY THOUSAND FATHOMS.

The special effects are pretty good. The stop motion effects by Willis O'Brien and Pete Peterson look pretty good for a low budget picture. The main problem is that O'Brien and Peterson had done much more impressive work elsewhere. The effects are not bad, but the effects here are not up to the work O'Brien and Peterson did in KING KONG or even THE BLACK SCORPION. The mechanical and pyro-technical effects by Jack Rabin and Irving Block are pretty ambitious for a picture of this nature.

BEHEMOTH, THE SEA MONSTER is a decent late fifties monster on the loose picture. It is just that we have seen this before and the people who made this film had done better work elsewhere.

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