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Release Date:
20 March 1968 (Japan) See more »
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Gamera the Flying Turtle falls under the spell of evil aliens, but two children free him and he returns to fight the aliens' monster, Viras. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Kôjirô Hongô ... Scout Master Mr. Shimida
Tôru Takatsuka ... Masao Nakaya
Carl Craig ... Jim Crane (as Carl Craig Junior)
Michiko Yaegaki ... Mariko
Mari Atsumi ... Junko Aoki
Junko Yashiro ... Masako Shibata
Peter Williams ... Dr. Dobie
Kôji Fujiyama ... Commander of Self Defense Force
Yoshirô Kitahara ... Masao's Father
Munehiko Takada ... Jim's Father
Mary Morris ... Mrs. Crane (as Mary Murrows)
Chikara Hashimoto ... Doctor A
Kenji Go ... Doctor B
Akira Natsuki ... Doctor C
Ken Nakahara ... Doctor D
Kenichiro Yamane ... Doctor E
Genzô Wakayama ... Boss Voice
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kei'ichi Noda ... Alien

Corinne Orr ... (voice)
Teruo Aragaki ... Gamera (uncredited)

Directed by
Noriaki Yuasa  (as Kenji Yuasa)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nisan Takahashi  (as Fumi Takahashi)

Produced by
Hidemasa Nagata .... producer
Masaichi Nagata .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Kenjiro Hirose 
 
Cinematography by
Akira Kitazaki 
 
Film Editing by
Shôji Sekiguchi  (as Shoji Sekiguchi)
 
Production Design by
Tomohisa Yano 
 
Production Management
Salvatore Billitteri .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Kimio Tobita .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Kazufumi Fujii .... special effects
Yuzo Kaneko .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Eli Haviv .... post-production editor (AIP-TV release)
Emil Haviv .... post-production editor
 
Other crew
Samuel Z. Arkoff .... presenter (AIP-TV release)
Bret Morrison .... re-release director (AIP-TV release)
Masaichi Nagata .... presenter
James H. Nicholson .... presenter (AIP-TV release)
Ryosaku Takayama .... monster design
 

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Also Known As:
"Gamera tai uchu kaijû Bairasu" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:75 min | USA:90 min (TV version) | Japan:81 min (theatrical version)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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American International titled their U.S. version "Destroy All Planets" after the success they had with the release of Ishiro Honda's Destroy All Monsters (1968) under the title "Destroy All Monsters".See more »
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Featured in Rainy Dog (1997)See more »

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
CHEESY FUN, 24 July 2003
Author: bob brasher (bbrasher1) from Chicago, Il., U.S.A.

Having been a Godzilla fan for many years, Gamera was to me a cheap knockoff to capitalize on the success of Toho's #1 kaiju star. ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS was for me at the time (1975) an almost painful viewing experience.

Last weekend, I attended the annual Godzilla fest, known as G-FEST, where Carl Craig, one of the stars of GAMERA vs. VIRAS, made an appearance. Of course, they featured this movie. It was one of the most hilarious bad movies ever made. Of course, you have to be in the right frame of mind to watch it. In one scene, for example, the boy scouts held prisoner on board the alien space craft manage to escape by distracting the not-too-bright aliens. When they realize they"ve been duped, one of them says, "That's funny...I think those kids lied to us." Not even PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE can boast that kind of dialog.

This may not be GODZILLA or even GAMERA 3, but this one is a decent enough time waster, if you watch it in the right frame of mind.

However, if you want top quality kaiju entertainment, check out the recently released GAMERA 3.

Rating: **1/2 out of *****

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