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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):
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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User Reviews:
My favorite lizard monster movie!! See more (61 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:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19083) | West Germany:16
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Willis H. O'Brien and Pete Peterson completed a significant amount of the stop motion animation on a table in Peterson's garage.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the US version, The soldiers who arrive on the scene leave the jeep behind and run toward the monster with rifles and a pistol. A moment later, the same soldiers are standing behind sand bags with the jeep parked next to them. Also, they now have heavy machine guns and just one rifle. Most likely, this is an editing error because of scenes left out from the UK version that showed the city evacuated and the British Army on alert.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 Monster Mania (1997) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old UK Theatrical Version and the US Version?
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
My favorite lizard monster movie!!, 26 December 2005
Author: lrb-leeds from United States

Of course it was cheesy. They all are; but it was very entertaining. I loved the beginning when the old man got fried. I thought the movie was well done, except they did the behemoth in a little too easy. I guess they were running into time constrictions. The submarine was a little sub-par for chasing a sea monster. They were lucky they didn't take a nose dive just going out in the water with it. It's too bad they didn't have the behemoth escape and come back in a sequel to commit more carnage on the human species! I dream of the day when someone with a brain remakes this with modern techniques without ruining the movie as they did with Godzilla. Besides that, I love the name: THE GIANT BEHEMOTH!!!

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