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Gorgo (1961)

Unrated | | Action, Drama, Horror | 29 March 1961 (USA)
Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.

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Joe Ryan
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Vincent Winter ...
Sean
Christopher Rhodes ...
McCartin
Joseph O'Conor ...
Prof. Hendricks
Bruce Seton ...
Prof. Flaherty
Martin Benson ...
Dorkin
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Radio Reporter
Basil Dignam ...
Admiral Brooks
Barry Keegan ...
Mate
Tommy Duggan ...
First Naval Officer
Howard Lang ...
First Colonel
Dervis Ward ...
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A salvage vessle is nearly sunk off the Irish coast by an undersea earthquake. A few nights later, a walking sea monster tangles with the fishing boats and enters the town. The salvage vessel captures Gorgo and takes it to London for display. Gorgo's mother, who is upset and significantly larger follows his trail to London leaving a wake of destruction in her path. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Action | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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29 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fornaldar-skrímslið  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The performer inside the monster costume was the puppet animator Bob Bura. See more »

Goofs

The radio reporter refers to Tower Bridge as one of London's oldest landmarks - in fact, it was barely 65 years between its opening and the film's release. The Tower of London is close by - approximately 850 years older but much less spectacular to destroy. See more »

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Radio Reporter: We prayed for a miracle. Maybe our prayers have been answered. A great city, overwhelmed, exhausted, lies helpless under the immeasurable power and ferocity of this towering apparition from before the dawn of history. Yet, as disdaining the pygmies under her feet, she turns back! Turns with her young, leaving the prostrate city, leaving the haunts of man, and leaving man himself to ponder the proud boast that he alone is lord of all creation.
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Pretty good entry in the "giant monster attacks well known city and destroys famous landmarks" genre.
30 August 1999 | by (Frankfort, IN) – See all my reviews

Bill Travers and William Sylvester (the latter having played Heywood Floyd in 2001 and also starring in *UGH* Devil Doll) are a group of fishermen/pirates who scour the ocean floor for gold and such. Well, one day, a volcano erupts while they are searching "some old rustbucket", and the next day, when they are repairing the boat, a prehistoric dinosaur (well, what other age did they come from?) attacks the island and is captured by the crew. Rather than donating it to the Irish government, they do the *cough* right thing and take it to London to sell to a circus for half of the profit to a Mr. Dorkin, one of the most tastelessly dressed men in the business. But then the monster escapes, right? No siree. Another dinosaur appears, except this one is MANY times taller. In other words, Dear old mum checks in to see how our babysitter friends are doing with her kid, and she won't be happy . . .

Despite some rather boring moments, this one, like Phantom Planet or Jack Frost, isn't too bad without the help of MST3K. It helps that the guy who directed The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is the director. The one thing that bothers me: where's the female character? Maybe it could've been more interesting with a female point of view. But this is a kid's film, and I guess they could care less. But the one kid in this movie, although like Kenny from Gamera in that he likes the monster, is not annoyingly cute; he's much more a dramatic character than a comedy relief. And one more thing that strikes me funny: Joseph O'Connor, who is a veteran of British film, three years later starred in a film called "The Gorgon"!


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