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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 June 1953 (USA)
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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Prof. Tom Nesbitt (as Paul Christian)
... Lee Hunter
... Prof. Thurgood Elson
... Col. Jack Evans
... Capt. Phil Jackson
... Corp. Stone
... Sgt. Loomis
... George Ritchie
Jack Pennick ... Jacob Bowman
Ray Hyke ... Sgt. Willistead
Paula Hill ... Miss Ryan (as Mary Hill)
... ER Doctor
... First Radar Man
... Dr. Morton
... Dr. Ingersoll
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Storyline

As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America. Professor Tom Nesbitt, only witness to the beast's existence, is not believed, even when he identifies it as a "rhedosaurus" to paleontologist Thurgood Elson. All doubts disappear, however, when Elson is swallowed whole during an oceanic bathysphere excursion to search for the creature. Soon thereafter the rhedosaurus emerges from the sea and lays waste to Manhattan Island until Nesbitt comes up with a plan to try to stop the seemingly indestructible beast. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Also Known As:

Monster from Beneath the Sea  »

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Budget:

$210,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$5,000,000
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the octopus/shark sequence, some of the footage was obviously shot in an aquarium, because some of the octopus' suckers are gripping the glass. See more »

Goofs

The aircraft shown in the beginning approaching the bomb drop is a Douglas DC-3S. The speed announced by the person tracking the plane's progress is 360 mph. The top speed of the DC3S was 250 mph. It also is a cargo plane and has neither a bomb rack nor anywhere near the range quoted in the movie. See more »

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Opening Narrator: This is Operation Experiment, a secret base far north of the Arctic Circle. Experiment was the codename for a top priority scientific expedition. These men arrived here on X-day minus 60. It has taken them the full two months to get ready. Today is X-day.
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Referenced in Gojira (1954) See more »

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One of the All-Time Greats
3 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is not only a great science fiction film, but it is also one of the most influential as well. Within a few years of its release, giant monster films began to pop up from every major studio. Everything from giant ants, tarantulas, praying mantises and gila monsters began to pop up all over the place. But, perhaps its biggest influence was felt in Japan. This film is often sighted as being the main inspiration for Gojira (Godzilla). This film is defintely a classic.


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