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Reptilicus (1961)

After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bent Mejding ...
Svend Viltorft
Asbjørn Andersen ...
Prof. Otto Martens (as Asbjorn Andersen)
Povl Wøldike ...
Dr. Peter Dalby (as Poul Wildaker)
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Lise Martens
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Karen Martens
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Petersen
Marlies Behrens ...
Carl Ottosen ...
Gen. Mark Grayson
Ole Wisborg ...
Capt. Einer Brandt
Birthe Wilke ...
Herself - nightclub singer
Mogens Brandt ...
Police Chief Hassing
Kjeld Petersen ...
Police Officer Olsen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jens Due ...
Journalist
Mai Reimers ...
Badegæst
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Storyline

A portion of the tail of a prehistoric reptile is discovered in Denmark. It regenerates into the entire reptile, which proceeds to destroy buildings and property and generally make a nuisance of itself. It can fly, swim, and walk, and has impenetrable scales, which makes it difficult to kill. Written by Paul White <pwhite@bigfoot.com>

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See a mighty city trampled to destruction! See missiles and atom bombs powerless! See civilisation rioting with fear! See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 February 1961 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Apeili stin poli  »

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(Pathécolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A new trailer confirms that this will be one of movies featured on the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). See more »

Goofs

Lapland is not a part of Denmark, but a region including northern parts of Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Russia. The Norwegian part of Lapland is sometimes known as "Danish Lapland" which might have confused the filmmakers. A find such as the one in the movie would stay within the country where it was found. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Gen. Mark Grayson: [Referring to Reptilicus] A good thing there's no more like him!
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Featured in TJ and the All Night Theatre: Reptilicus (1978) See more »

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Tivoli Nights
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Bad Movie Monster Classic
20 November 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

This is the story of what happens when a part of a long dead monster is dug up and allowed to grow to Godzilla proportions before it destroys much of Copenhagen.

This film exists in two versions the American release version and the version that was released Europe. The films while telling essentially the same story are cut very differently. The European version runs over 10 minutes longer, which doesn't include alternate versions of scenes. Most tellingly missing from the American version is a pointless song by the handyman to a bunch of kids in a park, beach romance scenes between two of the characters and the the legendary flying scenes, which consist of the monster model being flown on strings at night (their removal was probably a good idea). The American version also is missing the spitting of the animated green goo.

I just finished watching the two versions of the film back to back and find that the non-English version is a better film, there are more shots of the monster and of destruction, and even though some look worse, its some how a more sincere, more complete film (Handyman song aside).

No its not a good film by any stretch of the imagination but it is a fun film, with a monster the likes of which we don't see any more. Its one of the dumbest, yet coolest, monsters in movie history. Yea its a badly animated puppet in fake settings, but its till a great way to enjoy a rainy Saturday afternoon.(Just skip to the monster parts)


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