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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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Dorkin
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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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Release Date:

29 March 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gorgo, o gargantouas  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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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Sam Slade: We might be able to catch it in the nets. But how do you propose to kill a thing like that?
Joe Ryan: Oh, I don't know. Dynamite, maybe?
Sam Slade: Ever stop to think what a thing like that might be worth alive?
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British Giant Monster FX Epic
21 September 2002 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

GORGO is hardly a perfect film but it does have several things working in its favor which make it more entertaining than many other giant monster films. One is director Eugene Lourie, certainly no stranger to giant monster films directing THE BEAST FROM 20000 FATHOMS, THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK, THE GIANT BEHEMOTH as well as GORGO. In terms of Special FX and Ending, only the first film named above is better than GORGO. The FX work(done by Tom Howard) in GORGO is truly well-accomplished and for the time and era was rather ground breaking. The Ending is also truly unique amongst giant monster films which usually all end the same way but this one certainly doesn't.

The problems lie mostly with lack of character development and some serious leaps of logic. Still there are times this film can be quite suspenseful particularly once Mama Gorgo comes on the scene. The huge red-eyed Mama rising out of the water is certainly memorable stuff.


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