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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.


(as Eugene Lourie)


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Complete credited cast:
Joe Ryan
Sam Slade
Vincent Winter ...
Christopher Rhodes ...
Joseph O'Conor ...
Prof. Hendricks
Bruce Seton ...
Prof. Flaherty
Martin Benson ...
Maurice Kaufmann ...
Radio Reporter
Basil Dignam ...
Admiral Brooks
Barry Keegan ...
Tommy Duggan ...
First Naval Officer
Howard Lang ...
First Colonel
Dervis Ward ...


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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

circus | sailor | ireland | monster | boat | See more »


Neither Bombs, Bullets, Jets or Rockets Can Stop Gorgo...But This Little Boy Knew His Secret! See more »


Action | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

29 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Gorgo  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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First film of Harvey Hall. See more »


When using the "flame throwers" on the baby monster, you can see the gas line running down the inside guy's pants legs and trailing behind them. See more »


[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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One of the few Monster Movies that deserved a sequel!
13 September 2000 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Yes, Yes, I know...this movie could be viewed as simply a ripoff of Godzilla. But really, the Brits took the concept and did a "Good show, old chap." Unlike most of the 'Zilla movies, it actually has an interesting plot. It's theme has a decidedly "pro environment" message...and the guy in the monster suit doesn't camp it up, but makes the monster seem remarkably real. Now there are some weaknesses...despite a journeyman cast of capable folks, many still turn in one-note performances, as if they're a little embarrassed about being in a monster movie. Also, some of the plot mechanisms are a little creaky. For all that, though, this is a monster movie that's at least a small cut above most. It held my attention as an adult (I'd first seen it as a child and didn't see it again for twenty years), the special effects are mostly quite good, and the ending, despite being hokey, still works! It rarely shows up on tv for some if you get a chance, rent it (there are copies available in independent shops that specialize in rare movies.)

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