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Incident at Loch Ness (2004)

A documentary exploring the myth of the Loch Ness monster.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Himself (Crew of Discovery IV) (as Russell Williams)
David A. Davidson ...
Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Michael Karnow ...
Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Robert O'Meara ...
Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
Steven Gardner ...
Himself (Crew of Discovery IV)
John Bailey ...
Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Tanja Koop ...
Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Marty Signore ...
Crew of Herzog in Wonderland
Elisabeth Beristain ...
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Katherine Ferwerda ...
Party Guest


The German film director Werner Herzog sets out to the Scottish Highlands to make a documentary, "Enigma of Loch Ness", exploding the myth of the Loch Ness Monster. Meanwhile, another documentary film crew is making a film about Werner Herzog, and we see the production of "Enigma" from their point of view. Shooting on a rented boat, tensions begin to rise as director Herzog and his producer, Zak Penn, find themselves at cross-purposes on the black surface of Loch Ness. Things get very edgy when the film crew starts seeing shapes in the murky water. Written by Martin Lewison <dr@martinlewison.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This fall... There's something in the water

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

17 September 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Incident au Loch Ness  »

Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,682 (USA) (24 September 2004)


$36,830 (USA) (26 November 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Zak Penn and Werner Herzog perform the DVD commentary while still in character, trading insults frequently, scolding each other and referring to a fake legal agreement that presumably would have been reached after the events take of the film take place. Their argument gets so heated that Herzog 'leaves' and the commentary stops and then restarts, this time hosted by Penn and producer Jana Augsberger. See more »


Zak Penn: Yes, I named the boat Discovery 4. That was my idea. I thought it sounded cool. It was very important to me to build a credible expedition, that's why I had the jumpsuits, that's why I had that sonar. I wanted people to think and to feel like this was an authentic expedition to find the Loch Ness Monster. Jacques Cousteau didn't go out in a boat called, you know, the Tweety Bird. You know, it had some cool name, I don't know what it was, but I'm sure it was cool. And... Discovery 4. You know, ...
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Lightly funny and very entertaining.
16 October 2005 | by (victoria bc) – See all my reviews

My wife watched this for 45 min before asking me if this was a fake documentary as I did not let on when I put it on for us.

I really enjoyed this movie.Herzog is both a huge ham and absolutely sincere at the same time, what a joy to listen to him talk.Penn as the "producer" is great as he trys to improve the movie with a bit of sex and silly props,he manages slim quite nicely and it is obvious he enjoyed playing the roll.

This show is basically a movie within a movie, a Documentary about Herzogs making his latest documentary on the Loc Ness monster(and the fact that it is a myth). It is cleverly done and even manages to make one jump a couple of times.

Tongue in cheek and gently amusing, certainly worth watching.

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