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Gorgo (1961)

 -  Action | Drama | Horror  -  29 March 1961 (USA)
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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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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 ...
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Dervis Ward ...
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Storyline

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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This is the Big One! (British) See more »

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Action | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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29 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gorgo - Die Superbestie schlägt zu  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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The ending was inspired by Eugène Lourié's daughter who cried at the end of the The Giant Behemoth (1959) when the monster was killed. When this happened, he decided to let both monsters live. See more »

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When they are about to set fire to fuel dumped in the Thames as Gorgo wades up the river, the wreckage of the Tower Bridge behind the monster can be clearly seen in one shot. But the bridge isn't destroyed by Gorgo until a few minutes after the fuel is set on fire. See more »

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Radio Reporter: Picadilly. The heart of London. Words can't describe it. There's been nothing like it, not even the worst of the Blitz! This section is complete shambles. People running, mad with fear.
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Underrated Monster Classic
22 June 2001 | by (Sunland, CA) – See all my reviews

For some reason, most non-Godzilla giant monster films are looked down upon by IMDB reviewers. Gorgo, the "English Godzilla", tears apart London in this film that is just as entertaining, and perhaps even more so, than the original Godzilla. Both the infant and adult Gorgo's look fantastic, and the human actors, while somewhat bland, aren't terrible and don't detract much from the movie. Also factor in that it's infinitely more interesting when the monuments destroyed are all recognizable, and it's strange to see why this film, especially among sci-fi/monster film fans, isn't more appreciated. Plus, you gotta dig those crazy prehistoric fish (the only part of the film that doesn't really make sense)!


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