5.8/10
1,958
73 user 31 critic

The Giant Behemoth (1959)

Behemoth the Sea Monster (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 March 1959 (USA)
Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur that threatens London.

Directors:

Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié (as Eugene Lourie)

Writers:

Robert Abel (story), Allen Adler (story) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Together (1971)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A mock documentary about sex in America.

Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Maureen Cousins, Sally Cross
Gorgo (1961)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.

Director: Eugène Lourié
Stars: Bill Travers, William Sylvester, Vincent Winter
The Vampire (1991)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

At the ball, the young prince Runevsky attracted Dasha, the niece of the landowners Sugrobins. Being invited to their estate, Runevsky did not realize that all Dasha's relatives were vampires.

Director: Yevgeni Tatarsky
Stars: Donatas Banionis, Andrey Sokolov, Marina Vlady
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié
Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
Down to Hell (1997)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The long-time entertainment of the company of scumbags is that they kidnap people and take them to the forest, where they release and begin to hunt them. However, they do not suspect that ... See full summary »

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura
Stars: Masami Miyata, Kohji Gotoh, Yoshihiro Okamoto
Day of Wrath (1985)
Adventure | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American TV-journalist is interested in the trail of some strange mystery embedded in a mountainous region of the USA. After much red tape, he is allowed to enter the area. A sullen ... See full summary »

Director: Sulambek Mamilov
Stars: Juozas Budraitis, Aleksey Petrenko, Anatoliy Ivanov
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A newspaper sends a young reporter into the Russian countryside to make a nice, sensationalist yarn out of some strange stories going around.

Directors: Gennadiy Klimov, Igor Shavlak
Stars: Yelena Karadzhova, Yuriy Katin-Yartsev, Nikolay Kochegarov
Action | Adventure | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas
Underworld (1985)
Action | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

When high class hooker Nicole is kidnapped from her brothel, Rich businessman Hugo Motherskille hires her ex love Roy Bain to find her. Investigating the disappearance, he eventually finds ... See full summary »

Director: George Pavlou
Stars: Denholm Elliott, Steven Berkoff, Larry Lamb
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A mystical drama based on a story by V. Korotkevich. The film is set in out-of-the-way Belarusian woodlands at the end of the 19th century. A young ethnographer, Andrej Bielarecki, comes here to research local folk legends.

Director: Valeri Rubinchik
Stars: Boris Plotnikov, Elena Dimitrova, Igor Klass
Fitz and Slade (TV Movie 2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A comedy TV series. Fitz & Slade are the lead investigators of a special anti-crime unit that handles the bizarre and dangerous. In this "anything goes" world, both cops and criminals play fast and loose with the rules of society.

Director: Adam Marcus
Stars: Dave Shalansky, Xander Bailey, Vivan Dugré
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Stars: Anna Germ, Andrey Panin, Elena Koreneva
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ... Steve Karnes
André Morell ... Prof. James Bickford (as Andre Morell)
Leigh Madison ... Jean Trevethan
John Turner ... John
Jack MacGowran ... Dr. Sampson, the Paleontologist (as Jack McGowran)
Maurice Kaufmann ... Mini Submarine Officer
Henri Vidon Henri Vidon ... Tom Trevethan (as Henry Vidon)
Edit

Storyline

The dumping of radioactive waste in the ocean disturbs a prehistoric monster than can project electric shocks and radioactive beams. After terrorizing the English coast, it is discovered that if the creature is destroyed with conventional weaponry it would spread a dangerous amount radioactive contamination over the entire country, with this fact preventing the military from attacking the monster as it nears London. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Biggest Thing Since Creation! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Giant Behemoth See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Several clips from the film were used in Knots Landing: Giganticus II: The Revenge (1989), Knots Landing: Dial M for Modem (1989) and Knots Landing: That's What Friends Are For (1989) to represent the fictional Japanese kaiju film "Giganticus". See more »

Goofs

In the picture the police deliver to Professor Bickford, the Behemoth's footprint completely dwarfs a police car (the whole car could easily fit within it), yet, during the monster's rampage through London, when it steps on a similar-sized car, its foot cannot completely crush the vehicle. Had the foot been as big as its footprint, it should have been like a shoe stepping on a cockroach. See more »

Quotes

Steve Karnes: [solemnly] One thing is sure. Something has happened here that isn't in the book. Something came out of the ocean and now has gone back into.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The writing credits for this film are locked by the WGA. However, the opening credits should read: Story: Robert Abel and Allan Adler (both uncredited) Screen Play: Eugène Lourié (as Eugene Lourie) Order #1,1,1 See more »

Connections

Featured in Cheezy Fantasy Trailers (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
"One thing is sure. Something has happened here that isn't in the book."
18 May 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

An American biologist (Gene Evans) warns stuffy Brits about the dangers of dumping radioactive waste in the ocean. At first, they don't take him seriously. But soon radioactive fish, people suffering radiation burns, and sightings of a giant sea monster have them singing a different tune.

Despite some changes (such as the country it's set in), this is essentially a rehash of The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Both films were directed by Eugene Lourie, who also co-wrote the screenplay for this. While the earlier movie is certainly better, this is an enjoyable atomic monster movie from the heyday of classic sci-fi. The cast is solid, made up of mostly fine British actors including the great Andre Morell. As was often the case with science fiction movies from the period that were filmed in the UK, an American actor is shoehorned into things. That would be Gene Evans here, a character actor best suited for playing tough guy roles in war movies and westerns. Despite being miscast as a scientist, he acquits himself well. This is one of the final films stop-motion special effects wizard Willis O'Brien worked on. It's not his best work but still charming in its way. This is far from one of my favorites but I do like it. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic sci-fi movies, particularly those movies about giant radioactive dinosaurs.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 73 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed