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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


Complete series cast summary:
 Whip Dalton (2 episodes, 1996)
 Lt. Kathryn Marcus (2 episodes, 1996)
 Schuyler Graves (2 episodes, 1996)
 Dr. Herbert Talley (2 episodes, 1996)
 Dana Dalton (2 episodes, 1996)
 Mike Newcombe (2 episodes, 1996)
 Osborne Manning (2 episodes, 1996)
 Nell Newcombe (2 episodes, 1996)
 Lucas Coven (2 episodes, 1996)
 Christopher Lane (2 episodes, 1996)
Laura Vazquez ...
 Hadley (2 episodes, 1996)
 Ensign Raines (2 episodes, 1996)
David Webb ...
 Jameson (2 episodes, 1996)
 Commander Wallingford (2 episodes, 1996)
 Spike (2 episodes, 1996)
Andrew Hill ...
 Chowder (2 episodes, 1996)
 Scranton (2 episodes, 1996)
 Farmer (2 episodes, 1996)
David Argue ...
 Bates (2 episodes, 1996)
Helen O'Connor ...
 Maeve (2 episodes, 1996)
Chad Tyler ...
 Howard Griffin (2 episodes, 1996)
 Elizabeth Griffin (2 episodes, 1996)
 Les (2 episodes, 1996)
 Corbin Jakes (2 episodes, 1996)
Scott McRae ...
 Ebbets (2 episodes, 1996)
 Cosgrove (2 episodes, 1996)
Justin Monjo ...
 Lieutenant Henderson (2 episodes, 1996)
 John Esterbrook (2 episodes, 1996)
Joe Petruzzi ...
 The Doctor (2 episodes, 1996)
Tyler Coppin ...
 Harry (2 episodes, 1996)
Ken Radley ...
 James (2 episodes, 1996)
 Newsreader (2 episodes, 1996)
Kyra Stempel ...
 Wallingford's Secretary (2 episodes, 1996)
 Reporter #1 (2 episodes, 1996)
Andrea Cunningham ...
 Reporter #2 (2 episodes, 1996)
Robert Echols ...
 Crew Member #1 (2 episodes, 1996)
Margie McCrae ...
 Angie (2 episodes, 1996)


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 <>

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Terror runs deep. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and terror | See all certifications »




Release Date:

28 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Benchley's The Beast  »

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Whip states the largest whole squid carcass ever found was 45 feet long, and that no one knows how big a squid gets. While the first statement is not strictly true, it could be Whip's error; the second statement is true, since squid are not generally visible. See more »


Scranton: What exactly are we looking for?
Lucas Coven: Something big.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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User Reviews

Beats "Jaws" hands down!
5 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Peter Benchley film has his previous "Jaws" beat hands down. First, it is much more realistic than "Jaws," absolutely convincing you of the existence of such giant squids. The acting is first- rate. I live in Florida and have known fishermen for almost 50 years. These guys don't even act like actors; they act like fishermen. The musical score is awesome! Intertwined with the suspense is one surprise after another until the very end. The action sequences, both underwater and on the surface, are exciting and realistic. The cinematography, especially in the underwater sequences, is beautiful. In addition, there are several very tender and honest love stories -- the young stars especially hot! Some might criticize its length, but I promise you, this is a film that will hold you all the way through. My only negative criticism is that I have been unable to find it on DVD so I can pause it for bathroom and kitchen breaks. If anyone knows where I can buy it, let me know and I'll send my dough! You will watch this many times over the years and impress your guests (the ones with taste).

I agree with Joel-80 that it is due for a big-screen remake with top stars and even better special effects. In other words, let Hollywood throw the money at it that the TV folks couldn't. I just hope they don't screw it up with phony mechanical fish like they did in "Jaws." If a good remake happens, even the severest critics will be blown away.

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