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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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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Fornaldar-skrímslið  »

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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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A dead diver is shown floating face-down in the ocean. He has twin air tanks on his back, but when the body is pulled up into a boat, his gear has changed to a single tank. See more »

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Admiral Brooks: [turning from a phone call] They report at least two direct hits.
Sam Slade: You've killed it?
Admiral Brooks: It's disappeared beneath the sea. They have saturated the area with depth charges which no living thing could escape. It's certainly been killed.
[Cut to Gorgo's mother breaching the ocean surface and looming above the naval destroyer]
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The British Godzilla
14 July 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This film is came out seven years after the debut of the "Big G" and it is quite a surprise. This is a great story, and the ending is definitely a twist on what usually happens in most giant monster films. This film could definitely be seen as a parable on the consequences of greed. This film is definitely a cult classic.


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