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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Ted Danson ... Dempsey

Joely Richardson ... Laura

Ian Holm ... Water Bailiff

Harris Yulin ... Dr. Mercer

James Frain ... Adrian Foote

Keith Allen ... Gordon Shoals

Nick Brimble ... Andy Maclean
Kirsty Graham ... Isabel
Harry Jones ... Wee Wullie

Philip O'Brien ... Dr. Abernathy
Joseph Greig ... Guideon
John Dair ... Macleish
John Verea ... Tow Truck Driver
Debora Weston ... Dr. Hunter (as Deborah Weston)
Wolf Kahler ... Dr. Muller
Julian Curry ... Englishman
Roger Sloman ... Norwegian
Brian Pettifer ... Repairman

John Stahl ... First Fisherman
Graham McGregor ... Second Fisherman
Johnny Irving ... Tommy
Pamela Kelly ... Mary McFarlane
Janette Foggo ... Rhoda Tait
John Savident ... Dr. Binns
Richard Vernon ... Aged Professor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Fielder ... Reporter (uncredited)

Edward Hibbert ... Cameo appearance (scientist) (uncredited)

Annemarie Lawless ... Miss Woodhurst (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Student Messenger (uncredited)
Laurence Richardson ... Fisherman (uncredited)

Directed by
John Henderson 
Writing credits
John Fusco (written by)

Produced by
Nicky Kentish Barnes .... co-producer
Tim Bevan .... producer
Eric Fellner .... producer
Debra Hayward .... associate producer
Judith Hunt .... co-producer
Stephen Ujlaki .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Jones 
Cinematography by
Clive Tickner 
Film Editing by
Jon Gregory 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
Production Design by
Sophie Becher 
Art Direction by
Ricky Eyres 
David Minty 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Herman-Skelding 
Costume Design by
Nic Ede 
Makeup Department
Fae Hammond .... hair & make-up designer
Fae Hammond .... key makeup artist
Belinda Parish .... hair stylist (as Belinda Parrish)
Belinda Parish .... makeup artist (as Belinda Parrish)
Production Management
Cydney Bernard .... production manager: USA
Gina Carter .... production manager
Françoise Valentine .... production manager: underwater unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Booker .... third assistant director
Terry Forrestal .... second unit director
Gabreal Franklin .... assistant director
Marc Lasko .... assistant director: US
Stuart Renfrew .... second assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... first assistant director
Sion Hughes .... second unit assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Bohan .... construction manager
Edward Bolger .... carpenter
Gary Crosby .... supervising painter
Stewart Cunningham .... stand-by prop
Jerry Davis .... dressing props
Russell Delany .... stagehand
David Ferguson .... construction runaround
Karen Granger .... production buyer
Tom Hannam .... stand-by art director
Phil Harvey .... draftsman
Mark Hedges .... stand-by prop
Robin Heinson .... painter
David Hindle .... assistant art director
Rebecca Holmes .... art department assistant
William Lindsay .... painter
David Lowery .... carpenter
Thomas Martin .... stand-by carpenter (as Tom Martin)
Brendan McCarthy .... storyboard artist
Anthony McGee .... carpenter
Brian Muir .... sculptor
John O'Regan .... supervising carpenter
David O'Williams .... props transport
Edward Quayle .... supervising plasterer
George Quick .... stand-by props
Anthea Richards .... art department assistant
Graham Stickley .... set dresser
Zeev Tankus .... property master: USA
Paul Wescott .... stand-by painter
Steve Wheeler .... property master
Derek Whorlow .... stand-by stagehand
Robert Wishart .... supervising carpenter
Eddie Wolstencroft .... painter
Sound Department
Mark Auguste .... sound designer
Sue Baker .... dialogue editor
Gordon Brown .... foley editor
Sandy Buchanan .... assistant foley mixer
John Cochrane .... sound editor
Shawn Conrad .... sound recordist
Graham Daniel .... assistant dubbing mixer
Graham Edmondson .... dolby consultant
Richard Fettes .... dialogue editor
Simon Firsht .... boom operator
Diane Greaves .... foley artist
Derek Lomas .... assistant dialogue editor
Ray Merrin .... dubbing mixer
Steve O'Brien .... sound maintenance
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Kevin Tayler .... foley mixer
William Trent .... foley editor (as Bill Trent)
Ian Voigt .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Vince Abbott .... mechanical technician: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (as Vincent Abbott)
Daniel Burnett .... mechanical technician: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Richard Conway .... special effects supervisor
Sam Conway .... special effects trainee
Ira Curtis-Coleman .... computer special effects supervisor (as Ira Coleman)
Richard Darwin .... mechanical technician: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Simon Davey .... special effects trainee
Dave Eltham .... special effects supervising technician
Verner Gresty .... project supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Graham High .... sculptor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Jeremy Hunt .... visual coordinator: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Nigel Nixon .... special effects senior technician/buyer
William Plant .... production supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
John Stephenson .... creative supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator: USA
Barry Sutton .... sculptor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Gary Whiteley .... assistant computer special effects
Tim Willis .... special effects supervising technician
Simon Clutterbuck .... special effects: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Chris Fitzgerald .... creature painter: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Ed Plant .... electronics technician: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Karen Purvis .... animatronic designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Andy Roberts .... animatronic designer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)
Paul Stephenson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Hal Bertram .... CGI supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Martin Body .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Steve Cutmore .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Ditch Doy .... computer graphics animator: Peerless Camera Company (as Richard Doy)
Doug Forrest .... digital compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Karen Halliwell .... CGI modelling supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor
Tim Ollive .... computer graphics animator: Peerless Camera Company
Susi Roper .... visual effects coordinator: Peerless Camera Company
David Smith .... optical compositor: Peerless Camera Company
Dean Yurke .... computer graphics supervisor: Peerless Camera Company (as Manfred Dean Yürke)
Richard Bradshaw .... stunts
David Cronnelly .... stunts
Terry Forrestal .... stunt coordinator
Mark Henson .... stunts
Wayne Michaels .... stunts
Robert Patton .... stunts
Mike Potter .... stunts
Lee Sheward .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Jürgen Baum .... gaffer: USA (as Jurgen Baum)
James Bloom .... clapper loader
Paul Brinkworth .... crane operator: Technocrane
David Bryant .... focus puller
David Budd .... camera operator: second unit
Alasdair Cameron .... rigger
Richard Cantillon .... video operator: underwater unit
Antony Cooper .... camera trainee
Steve Costello .... gaffer
Peter Davey .... video operator: underwater unit
Andy Duncan .... electrician
Jim Edwards .... clapper loader: underwater unit
Anthony Gaudioz .... camera operator
Marc Gottlieb .... focus puller: underwater unit
Nic Lawson .... focus puller: underwater unit
Bobby Logan .... clapper loader: second unit
Kirstin McMahon .... camera trainee
Dave Moore .... best boy
Tim Moore .... key grip: USA
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator
Martin Phipps .... stand-by rigger
Alan Rank .... camera grip
Barry Read .... gaffer: underwater unit
Steve Roberts .... electrician
Peter Robertson .... Steadicam operator
Paul Sadourian .... clapper loader
Bob Stilwell .... focus puller: second unit
Jonathan Sykes .... focus puller: second unit
Steve Tickner .... camera operator: second unit
Jan Turner .... electrician
Mike Valentine .... director of photography: underwater unit
Patricia Van Over .... first assistant camera: USA
Simon Werry .... aerial camera operator
Animation Department
Mak Wilson .... animator
Casting Department
Elce Chatfield .... casting assistant
Karen Hendel .... casting: USA
Daniel Hubbard .... casting assistant
Greg Kyle .... casting assistant
Lisa-Anne Porter .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Andrews .... wardrobe assistant
Ali Goss .... assistant costumer (as Alison Goss)
Nancy Renard .... wardrobe supervisor: USA (as Nancy Stone Renard)
Editorial Department
Valentina Giambanco .... second assistant editor
Lalit Goyal .... editor trainee
Catherine Isakson .... post-production coordinator
Kezia Martin .... third assistant editor
Clive Noakes .... color timer
Ian Seymour .... first assistant editor
Tom Mayclim .... negative cutting assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Geoff Alexander .... orchestrator
Jc Carroll .... musician: accordian
Andrew Glen .... music editor (as Andy Glen)
Trevor Jones .... orchestrator
Julian Kershaw .... orchestrator
Kirsty Whalley .... music mixer
Toby Wood .... assistant recording engineer
Transportation Department
Tim Abbatoye .... transportation coordinator: USA
Graham Cheetham .... transportation coordinator
Phil Edwards .... unit driver
Other crew
Chris Allies .... title designer
Jean Bourne .... script supervisor
Simon Bradfield .... production runner
Andrea Brown .... floor runner
Catherine Charlton .... dialogue coach: Miss Richardson
Liza Chasin .... development executive: USA
Carol Ann Crawford .... dialect coach
Juliette Dow .... assistant to producers
Jane Frazer .... head of production: Working Title
Amelia Granger .... assistant to producers
Janine Greener .... publicist
Pat Hagerty .... supervising rigger
David Haldiman .... location manager: USA
Deborah Harding .... assistant head of production: Working Title
Rachel Holroyd .... legal advisor
Sion Hughes .... production runner
Andrew Jack .... dialect coach
Gary Jarjoura .... assistant: Mr. Ujlaki
Simon Kellett .... production runner
James Linton .... stand-in
Claire McDermott .... assistant: Mr. Danson
Christian McWilliams .... location assistant
Binky Morrice .... stand-in
Mark Mostyn .... location manager
Kathy Niewoehner .... assistant: Mr. Danson
Karin Padgham .... production coordinator
Tori Parry .... production coordinator
Emily Pinckney .... production secretary
Shari Piper .... stand-in
Kathryn Riccio .... production coordinator: USA
Liz Ritchie .... accountant: USA
Jane Templeton .... production secretary
Emma Thomas .... production secretary
Kris Thykier .... publicist
Sarah Trowse .... first assistant accountant
Robert Tygner .... performance puppeteer supervisor: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (as Rob Tygner)
Will Tyler .... production accountant
Natascha Wharton .... assistant to producers
Mak Wilson .... lead puppeteer: Jim Henson's Creature Shop (uncredited)

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Rated PG for language, mild sensuality and a fist fight
101 min
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The film was originally intended for theatrical release. However it aired on network television in the U.S. before it was released in theaters.See more »
Errors in geography: 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:Don't make the same mistakes I did.See more »
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Referenced in Frank Skinner Live in Birmingham (1998) (V)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
There's Some Things That Are Meant To Be Left Alone., 17 August 2011
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Loch Ness is directed by John Henderson and written by John Fusco. It stars Ted Danson, Joely Richardson, Ian Holm, Kirsty Graham and James Frain. Music is scored by Trevor Jones and cinematography is by Clive Tickner. Plot sees Danson as Zoologist Jonathan Dempsey, who has now become something of a joke in his field after a failed "beastie hunt" for the Yeti. In the last chance saloon, he's packed off by his superiors to debunk the Loch Ness Monster legend, where hardly enthused anyway, he finds a small community unwelcome to his being there. After finally booking into a small inn run by single mother Laura McFetridge (Richardson) Dempsey forms a warm relationship with Laura's nine year old daughter, Isabel (Graham), who just may hold the key to the mystery of Loch Ness.

Once it was made available for viewing it struggled to gain any significant support, both by critics and film fans alike. Caught in the 1990's creature feature slipstream created by Jurassic Park, hopes were high for a very different type of Loch Ness Monster movie. Nobody, except for the film makers, were quite prepared for what type of film Loch Ness is. Henderson's film is a human interest story first and foremost, one that has the Loch Ness Monster as its backdrop. It is driven by a mismatched (developing) love story, yet still has enough about it to raise the pertinent question that crowns the story, namely why? And should we? Solve the Loch Ness Monster mystery. It's all very simple and low-key, where any expectation of an FX extravaganza will lead you only to a big disappointment. Helps, too, if you kind of want to believe in the fantastical, like a bit of whimsy with your film supper.

An insult often used to beat it with is that it copies Local Hero's template. What is wrong with that? Since Local Hero itself is a charming human fable set in similar gorgeous locale, why not have that delightful film as a marker? In fact Loch Ness is more family friendly, adult enough for the discerning grown up, whilst beguiling the kiddies too. And lets rejoice the sparse use of special effects, what we get is brief, and dare I say it? Magical. Fusco's script is also witty, with much fun mined from Danson's fish out of water portrayal as he finds himself at odds with everyone except the Nessie keen assistant played with wide eyed energy by Frain. The rest of the cast are roundly great as well, Danson (affable supreme), Richardson (quality Scottish accent), Holm (grumpy curmudgeon) and Graham (one of the most natural and unfussy child performances ever), lead the way. While good secondary support comes from a barking mad Keith Allen and Nick Brimble as the self appointed love rival for Laura's attentions.

Bolstering the film is a majestic score from Jones, with the expected Celtic harmonies neatly sitting along side the more brassy and keyboard thrusts as the narrative hits its peaks. The synth and string arrangement that accompanies "Nessie" is simply beautiful and the reason why this particular writer had to buy the score. Although the Highland/Lochs locations used for filming are to die for, the film needed a better cinematographer than Tickner. He's good on something like sci-fi trasher Split Second, where he gets away with washed out apocalyptic colours, but here his photography is often murky and the sumptuous colours of the scenery never boom out from the screen. He does, however, know how to light a pretty face, the beautiful Richardson benefiting greatly here.

With a big human heart and awash with family friendly mysticism, Loch Ness is a lovely picture. Thankfully for those who now know what to expect, it's a mile away from being a creature feature. 8.5/10

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