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The Beast (1996)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Horror | Thriller  -  8 September 1996 (UK)
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Mysterious things happen at the coast of Graves Point: An empty boat lies at the shore, divers vanish. The sea biologist Dr. Talley thinks he knows the solution of the mystery: In the depth there is a gigantic squid.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Whip Dalton
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Lt. Kathryn Marcus
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Schuyler Graves
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Dr. Herbert Talley
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Dana Dalton
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Mike Newcombe
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Osborne Manning
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Nell Newcombe (as Adrienne-Joi Johnson)
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Lucas Coven
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Christopher Lane
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Hadley
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Ensign Raines
David Webb ...
Jameson
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Commander Wallingford
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Spike
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Storyline

Fishing and jobs are becoming scarce in a small seaport community when tragedy strikes a young couple disappear into the sea and nothing is left but a large claw stuck in their raft. A marine expert identifies it as belonging to an extremely rare giant squid and the hunt is on. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and terror | See all certifications »
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Peter Benchley's The Beast  »

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(2 parts) | (VHS) | (cut) | (uncut)

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Trivia

Port Angeles, the town that Howard & Elizabeth Griffin (Chad Tyler & Angie Milliken) called from the "Occupational Hazard" is on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, across the Juan de Fuca Strait from Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. A major fault line runs along the middle of the strait, with the result that the two cities are on different tectonic plates. See more »

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When the ship is wrecked, Marcus states that the Coast Guard is sending a chopper from the base, although he hasn't yet called them. See more »

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Fisherman: Here, squid, squid, squid, squid...
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Peter Benchley should be proud.
9 February 2007 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

My Take: Enjoyable, made-for-TV monster movie.

After watching "Jaws" and "The Beast", I could conclude that Peter Benchley should be proud when his novels translated well when filmed. I've heard many bad reviews about this movie, mainly because it was loosely based on Benchley's bestseller. But, hey, this is a movie. Not everything has to go by the book. Directors and screenwriters have to add a couple of twists from the novels. okay, a lot of twists, but this has been a case in many Hollywood movies, and some turn up to be very good, why can't this? The plot is quite like the plot for sci-fi monster movies, a hungry creature makes snacks out of unwary victims, and a good guy tries to stop it, while a money-hungry guy tries to capture it and put it on display. But still, that kind of plot is what makes this kind of films really good, and "The Beast" uses it effectively.

The performances are fine. William L. Petersen (from "C.S.I." fame) is okay as a the hero Whip Dalton (the surname was Darling in the novel). Charles Martin Smith is fine as the profit-hungry town owner Schuyler Graves (the Liam St.John character from the novel). Creature effects were great and Don Davis' score is terrific.

So I would still recommend it, although not as good as "Jaws" was, it is still a very effective B-style sci-fi sea-monster movie.

TV movie rating: **** out of 5.


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