Loch Ness (1996)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Fantasy  |  20 September 1996 (USA)
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A scientist tries to prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Mercer
Gordon Shoals
Andy Maclean
Kirsty Graham ...
Harry Jones ...
Wee Wullie
Joseph Greig ...
John Dair ...
John Verea ...
Tow Truck Driver
Debora Weston ...
Dr. Hunter (as Deborah Weston)
Wolf Kahler ...


Dr. Dempsey, an American scientist who has become a skeptic after a disastrous wrong call, isn't exactly enthusiastic to be sent by his well-funded employer to Scotland to (dis)prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster, but has no choice. He finds the locals stubborn, 'primitive' and all but hospitable, not in the least because the Nessie legend is the only tourist attraction, but still gets romantically attracted by his independent inn-keeper Laura, and both her kid and his enthusiastic local assistant end up making him face a small family of Nessie-dinosaurs, but is this to be made public? Written by KGF Vissers

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for 1500 years one legend remains undiscovered undisturbed until now LOCH NESS See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, mild sensuality and a fist fight | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Loch Ness  »

Box Office


£1,239,343 (UK) (23 February 1996)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Fusco wrote the screenplay as a tribute to his grandmother Isobel Moffat at the age of 23. The pub and the owner's daughter Isobel are named in tribute. See more »


In the outdoor village scenes seaweed can be clearly seen, this indicates that they were shot next to tidal sea water. Loch Ness is a fresh water loch and hence has no seaweed. See more »


Dr. Mercer: I want you to not find the monster. I want you to use state of the art equipment to prove that it's not there.
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Referenced in Frank Skinner Live in Birmingham (1998) See more »

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Great gentle story
22 May 2006 | by (Sheffield United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Okay, it's not exciting but it's still a great film - ideal for 'pleasent' viewing. The cast are brilliant, especially Joley Richardson and Kirsty Graham as mother and daughter - although it is a little unfair to imply that these two alone make the film watchable; others (Ted Danson, Ian Holm, & James Frain) really do help to make this a great film. The story is slow and gentle, making it great for a quiet viewing session. The special effects are limited which allows for the storyline to show through and, even though the end is a little predictable, It's still good to watch right through to Rod Stewart's brilliant closing song. Go for it, I watch it over and over when the mood takes.

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