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Coleman Francis (written by)
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Release Date:
2 May 1961 (USA) See more »
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Commies made him an atomic mutant!
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A defecting Soviet scientist is hit by a nuclear explosion near Yucca Flats and roams around as a beast. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Simply Incredible Mind Melting Mess! See more (135 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Douglas Mellor ... Hank Radcliffe
Barbara Francis ... Lois Radcliffe
Bing Stafford ... Jim Archer
Larry Aten ... Joe Dobson
Linda Bielema ... Wife on Vacation
Ronald Francis ... Randy Radcliffe
Alan Francis ... Art Radcliffe
Anthony Cardoza ... KGB Driver / Helpful Neighbor (as Tony Cardoza)
Bob Labansat ... Javorsky's Bodyguard
Jim Oliphant ... Husband on Vacation
John Morrison ... KGB Passenger
Eric Tomlin ... Driver Run off Road
Jim Miles ... Javorsky's Driver
George Prince ... Man who Reports Murder (as George Principe)
Conrad Brooks ... Man at Airfield
Graham Stafford ... News Boy
Tor Johnson ... Joseph Javorsky / The Beast
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lanell Cado ... Woman Strangled in Opening Scene (uncredited)
Coleman Francis ... Narrator / Gas Station Attendant / Man Buying Newspaper (uncredited)
Marcia Knight ... Jim's Woman (uncredited)
Joseph Luis Rubin ... Police Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Coleman Francis 
 
Writing credits
Coleman Francis (written by)

Produced by
Larry Aten .... associate producer (as Laurence Aten)
Anthony Cardoza .... producer
Coleman Francis .... producer
Roland Morin .... executive producer
Jim Oliphant .... executive producer (as James Oliphant)
Bing Stafford .... associate producer (as Charles Stafford)
 
Original Music by
Irwin Nafshun 
Al Remington 
Gene Kauer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
John Cagle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Coleman Francis  (as C. Francis)
Anthony Cardoza (uncredited)
Austin McKinney (uncredited)
Lee Strosnider (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Larry Aten .... makeup artist (as L. Aten)
 
Production Management
Austin McKinney .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Austin McKinney .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Titus Moede .... sound mixer
Lee Strosnider .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Mercer .... film effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Strosnider .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Anthony Cardoza .... presenter
Theodore Charach .... publicist (as Ted Charach)
 
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John Grant .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Girl Madness" - USA (reissue title)
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54 min
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The first scene raised many questions: Who was the girl? How did Javorsky kill her before he mutates? Was it an unmentioned scene in the middle of the film? According to Tom Weaver's interview with Cardoza, the scene was shot after the movie was completed, and Coleman just put it there because he liked nude scenes.See more »
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Continuity: The Radcliffes' sodas disappear from their hands.See more »
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Narrator:A man runs, someone shoots at himSee more »

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What are the differences between some US DVD Versions and the Uncensored Version?
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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A Simply Incredible Mind Melting Mess!, 20 May 2000
Author: J. Mike Perkins from Houston, Texas

A confusing and mind melting mess of a film. They don't make them like this anymore! Tor Johnson's chance to star! Tor, as you may know, was a professional wrestler who went on to fame in Ed Wood, Jr. films like Bride of the Monster and Plan Nine from Outer Space. His huge build, like a human wall, and his bald head became famous. They still sell Halloween masks with his image!

In this film atrocity, he plays an atomic scientist on the run! Watch how government agents empty their guns shooting at him at close range, but can't hit his huge 400 pound body! If fact people are repeatedly shot in this film without any effect whatsoever. The film is most famous for its near total lack of dialogue, as an off screen narrator tells the audience what is going on and endlessly babbles cryptic philosophical insights on the modern world. Out of nowhere the narrator says things like "Flag on the Moon, how did get there?" "Young boys feed soda to the thirsty pigs."

The "plot" has Tor accidently stumbling into an atomic bomb test (funny how that happens), getting his clothes ripped up in the process, and then becoming a sort of hermit like desert cave dweller with a big stick. He likes to grab women, carry them around, and lick their hair. There are some other plot elements, but they don't make much sense. In fact, nothing in this movie makes much sense. Perhaps its all meant to be "art" and if so, its a lot more fun than any Andy Warhol film ever was. I would love to make serious film students watch and study Beast of Yucca Flats to learn its cinematic techniques and digest its social commentary.

The long version of the movie contains a nude scene at the beginning. Yes, the film drags in places, but its a unique and unforgettable work.

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