An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret.



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson
Michael Carmine ...
Tony 'DeJesus' Rodero
Bridget Bowman
G. P. Cobb
Ms. Martin
Russian Ship Captain (as Eugene Lipinsky)
Larry Dolgin ...
Helicopter Pilot
Pascal Druant ...
Winch Operator
Steve Pelot ...
Winch Operator


Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with horrifying results. The crew of the mining base must fight to survive against a genetic mutation that hunts them down one by one. Written by Keith Loh <>

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Release Date:

17 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Havets hämnare  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$15,704,614 (USA)

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There are very few scenes in the film that were actually shot underwater, as production went for the "dry for wet" look. With most of the scenes inside the Shack taking place on soundstages and a tank measuring 130ft x 270ft. See more »


You can see a crew member, probably the camera assistant, visible in the lower left hand corner of the mirror when Beck and the doctor are talking when the disease first makes its appearance. See more »


Elizabeth 'Willie' Williams: [Checking on Jones who's just made it to the surface] Jones?
Steven Beck: Jones?
Justin Jones: So where's the goddamn hurricane? Yeah I made it I'm fine I'm alright I'm alright.
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Seen it all before - but still quite good!
24 August 1999 | by (Gloucester, England) – See all my reviews

Leviathan is one of those films that has "rip-off" written all over it.

Alot of it you've seen before in better films. The most obvious comparisons being Alien ( several isolated crew members, the dubious doctor, the suits etc.) and of course The Thing (a gooey monster spawned from human beings, it getting to the blood supply). I've viewed this one a few times and although it is an inferior movie it does have some pretty neat special effects, a recognizable cast and a decent music score by Jerry Goldsmith.

Not a total wet squib - it certainly has its moments. I'd give it 7/10.

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