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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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first rate thriller 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)
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)
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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: When the monster comes ashore, a car with the license plate 911-MMF stops, the driver gets out and flees, leaving the door open and colliding with a pedestrian. In the close-up shot, the driver exits the vehicle but the door swings closed and there is not a pedestrian close enough to run into him. When the scene goes back to wide angle, the car door is wide open again.See more »
Quotes:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Horror: Dinosaurs (1996) (V)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old UK Theatrical Version and the US Version?
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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
first rate thriller, 9 April 2008
Author: Guenzel_D@MSN.com from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Let me quickly begin by putting to rest once and for all a terrible error that is popping up everywhere concerning this film: THE GIANT BEHEMOTH was not, repeat NOT, "co-directed" by Mr Douglas Hickox. He was not an "uncredited" contributor to the film. Period. End of discussion. It was solely directed from start to finish by Eugene Lourie, a director (and production designer) of taste and imagination. How this rumor about Mr Hickox ever got started is beyond me.

If I accomplish nothing else but put this falsehood to rest I will be quite happy.

Now, on to the film. I recommend it highly. It is well-written, well-acted, nicely photographed and edited, and well-scored by Edwin Astley. It is a good example of what can be done on an extremely low budget. The producers were merciless in their budget-cutting which was very hard on master animators Willis O'Brien and Pete Peterson but it is a testament to their skill and integrity that they managed as well as they did. Their animation of the giant creature is of a very high order and is, of course, vastly superior to the work of a second special effects crew which was brought in to do the ferry boat sequence. The less said about that work the better, though the scene played well due to the fine editing and music scoring.

I greatly admire what was accomplished here by these talented people having almost no money to work with. That should be an inspiration to many an aspiring movie-maker.

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