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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Andy Maclean
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Wee Wullie
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John Verea ...
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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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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. Jonathan Dempsey: I'm a joke. I'm the guy who chases Looney Tunes.
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Referenced in Frank Skinner Live in Birmingham (1998) See more »

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Very nice.
9 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

A discredited American scientist (played by Ted Danson) is appointed the task of proving once and for all whether there is an unknown species in Loch Ness.

This is a fine family film which manages to be warm and sincere without losing sight of its main theme. There are plenty of interesting characters and moments of humour.

The only problems are the monsters themselves, which have faces like Jurassic Park Raptors. And caves under the castle? Only ten minutes of this were actualy filmed at Loch Ness, most of it taken at another Scottish loch which apparently 'looked more like Loch Ness than Loch Ness itself'.

If you can ignore the odd clanger, however, this is still a film hat's certainly worth seeing.

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