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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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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:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Willis 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: 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:
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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9 out of 10 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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