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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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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They said it was safe to go back in the water. They were wrong. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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




Release Date:

1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Peter Benchley's The Beast  »

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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 »


When on the boat looking at the monitor during close-up shots, there is a boat and a large mass moving through the water. When panned out, the screen is clearly on, but there is no picture. But when they go back into close-up, there is the boat and large mass on the screen again. See more »


Whip Dalton: How do we keep her from attacking the boat?
Dr. Herbert Talley: [shows him a recording device] We'll repel her with this. It contains recorded sonar waves given off by a mature sperm whale hunting for squid.
Whip Dalton: She killed a whale.
Dr. Herbert Talley: Only an infant. She wouldn't dare attack a whale the size of the Privateer.
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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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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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