Leviathan (1989)

R  |   |  Adventure, Horror, Mystery  |  17 March 1989 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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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 <loh@sfu.ca>

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Release Date:

17 March 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Havets hämnare  »

Box Office


$15,704,614 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hector Elizondo's character of Cobb is named after the film's production designer, Ron Cobb. Also, Michael Carmine's character of Tony 'DeJesus' Rodero, shares the same last name of the film's first assistant director, 'Kuki Lopez Rodero'. 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 »


Justin Jones: [as they wait to be rescued] It's cold out here.
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References Luxo Jr. (1986) See more »

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Soggy, but Good
21 March 2000 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This movie is always going to be compared to Deep Star Six and The Abyss, because all three films came out at the same time. It is an underwater "Alien" movie, but it doesn't rip off The Abyss, which came out third of the three and none of them did any real business.

Anyway, this movie was one of those films that is engrossing in the theater and transfers very poorly to television and video. I would venture a guess that a wide-screen DVD version may be able to pick-up most of the considerable detail that was placed into this film. The acting is not awful and the story is well-paced, which is a step ahead of the other two 1989 underwater movies. This isn't Shakespere folks, so don't expect it. A little more polish to the script would have helped this movie greatly, but it is a fairly B horror flick so it was expected.

The cast is Weller, Hudson, Crenna, and Pays doing their things. They don't exactly phone it in, but they aren't expected to deliver that many lines convincingly anyway. Whatever happened to Amanada Pays? After seeing this I thought she had a chance to break through, but instead she disappeared.

The setting and special effects are the keys to this one, though. Visually, it is as tough as they come. Like I wrote before, stick to the DVD version, because I already know the VHS version stinks because it is so cloudy and out of focus. Watch the DVD and I can almost guarantee that you will find this movie to be better than you have been lead to believe by others.

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