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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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Joe Ryan
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Sam Slade
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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sailor | boat | giant lizard | lizard | ireland | 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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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This was one of 15 films considered for an Academy Award for Special Effects. See more »

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Several scenes show stock footage of Centurion tanks moving to engage Gorgo, yet there are never any scenes of the tanks firing at the monster. See more »

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[Ryan and Slade are brought to Admiral Brooks]
Admiral Brooks: Gentlemen, you've been asked to come here to supply us with any information in your possession which might be helpful. Nara Island has been destroyed. Reconnaissance aircraft have sighted the creature in this area here.
Sam Slade: Excuse me, sir, that looks as though the thing is heading for England.
Admiral Brooks: Quite. And that, in itself, calls for an explanation. Do you have one?
Joe Ryan: [crossing his arms defensively] Well, we were playing a stream of water on it during the ...
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Who says it's his mommy?
15 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was my favorite movie as a kid. I'm glad to see that it's getting a decent amount of praise here. The rubber monster suit may not hold up that well but when the monster attacks London the movie evokes a sense up panic and hysteria unmatched in any other monster film (certainly not in the American Godzilla, where the hero can calmly converse with a drug store cashier while the a cartoon lizard is destroying New York a few blocks away!). The music score is beautiful and the opening scenes have a fine Irish fish tale atmosphere. It's too bad the film seems to be only available in grainy, murky copies. One thing bugs me: for years I've been reading about "Momma" Gorgo coming to rescue "her" baby, but at no time in the movie is the sex of the parent mentioned! That may have been Dad trouncing Big Ben.


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