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The Giant Gila Monster ()


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A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community and a a heroic teenager attempts to destroy the creature.

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Chase Winstead
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Sheriff Jeff
Lisa Simone ...
Lisa
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Old Man Harris
Bob Thompson ...
Mr. Wheeler
Janice Stone ...
Missy Winstead
Ken Knox ...
Horatio Alger 'Steamroller' Smith
Gay McLendon ...
Mom Winstead
Don Flournoy ...
Gordy
Cecil Hunt ...
Mr. Compton
Stormy Meadows ...
Agatha Humphries
Howard Ware ...
Ed Humphries
Pat Reeves ...
Rick
Jan McLendon ...
Jennie
Jerry Cortwright ...
Bob
Beverly Thurman ...
Gay
Clarke Browne ...
Chuck
Grady Vaughn ...
Pat Wheeler
Desmond Dhooge ...
Hitchhiker (as Desmond Doogh)
Ann Sonka ...
Whila
Yolanda Salas ...
Liz Humphries
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patricia Simmons ...
Sherry (uncredited)
Angus G. Wynne III ...
Dumb Teen (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ray Kellogg

Written by (WGA)

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Ray Kellogg ... (original story)
 
Jay Simms ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Ken Curtis ... producer
B.R. McLendon ... producer
Gordon McLendon ... executive producer

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Jack Marshall

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Wilfred M. Cline ... (as Wilfrid M. Cline)

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Aaron Stell

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Louise Caldwell

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Corinne Daniel ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Ben Chapman ... production manager

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Louise Caldwell ... art designer (as Louis Caldwell)

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Milton Citron ... sound effects
James Richard ... sound effects
Earl Snyder ... sound

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Ralph Hammeras ... special photographic effects
Wee Risser ... special photographic effects

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Harry L. Gianneschi ... camera assistant
Henry A. Kokojan ... camera operator
George Gordon Nogle ... camera operator
William John Ranaldi ... camera assistant

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Audrey Granville ... music associate (as Audray Granville)
Jack Marshall ... conductor
Don Sullivan ... special songs by
Paul Tanner ... musician: electro-theremin (uncredited)

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Audrey A. Blasdel ... script supervisor (as Audrey Blasdel)
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Plot Summary

A couple of teenagers are reported missing in a small Texas town, and it is thought they eloped. Sheriff Jeff turns to his friend Clarence Winstead, a garage mechanic and leader of a hot-rod gang, for help. After a series of tragic motor accidents, it becomes apparent that a giant Gila monster is roaming the area depleting the town of its citizens and visitors, including two hot-rodding teens, and planning to attend the BIG record-hop party. Written by Les Adams

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Taglines Only Hell could breed such an enormous beast. Only God could destroy it! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Gila, el monstruo gigante (Spain)
  • O Monstro Gigante de Gila (Brazil)
  • Gigantyczna jaszczurka (Poland)
  • Gila el monstruo gigante (Mexico)
  • Kisvárosi szörnyeteg (Hungary)
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  • 74 min
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Budget $138,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia The "Gila Monster" in the movie is actually a Mexican Beaded Lizard. See more »
Goofs Just before the train crash, there's a shot of Shug Fisher, playing Old Man Harris, in his car, reacting to the sight of the Giant Gila Monster. Reflected in the windshield is director Ray Kellogg giving Fisher the cue to turn his head. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Fantastic Dinosaurs of the Movies (1990). See more »
Soundtracks The Mushroom Song See more »
Quotes Sheriff Jeff: Have you heard the reports of a "giant lizard"?
Mr. Wheeler: Yes, but it's just not possible.
Sheriff Jeff: Well, why not? There have been giants before!
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