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It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | July 1955 (USA)
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A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast.

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Robert Gordon

Writers:

George Worthing Yates (screenplay), Harold Jacob Smith (screenplay) (as Hal Smith) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Kenneth Tobey ... Cmdr. Pete Mathews
Faith Domergue ... Prof. Lesley Joyce
Donald Curtis ... Dr. John Carter
Ian Keith ... Adm. Burns
Dean Maddox Jr. Dean Maddox Jr. ... Adm. Norman
Chuck Griffiths Chuck Griffiths ... Lt. Griff, USN
Harry Lauter ... Deputy Bill Nash
Richard W. Peterson Richard W. Peterson ... Capt. Stacy
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After an encounter at sea with an unknown underwater creature, a naval commander works with two scientists to identify it. The creature they are dealing with is a giant, radioactive octopus that has left its normal feeding grounds in search of new sources of replenishment. As the creature attacks San Francisco, the Navy tries to trap it at the Golden Gate Bridge but it manages to enter the Bay area leading to a final confrontation with a submarine. Written by garykmcd

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Havoc! Chaos! Destruction! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Trivia

Some refer to the octopus as having tentacles. Actually, scientifically, the octopus has "arms." The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland has an octopus exhibit there. OBTW, the correct plural of "octopus" is "octopuses," not "octopi," although it has slipped into common usage. "Octopi" is a combination of Greek and Latin. Not done in Science. See more »

Goofs

Cmdr. Mathews is talking to Prof. Joyce in the research lab while smoking a cigarette even though there is a "No Smoking" sign on the wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: From her beginnings on a Navy drawing board, through the months of secret field experiments out on the Western desert, then through the desperate search for new metals with the properties she needed, she was designed to be the nation's greatest weapon of the seas - the atom-powered submarine. Her engines were to be a miracle of speed and power, her sides strong enough to withstand any blow, her armament and fire power of greater force than the worst enemy she might encounter. The ...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: For centuries the mind of man has learned comparatively little of the mysteries in the heavens above - - or in the seas below. Since the coming of the atomic age, man's knowledge has so increased that any upheaval of nature would not be beyond his belief. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally, just before Matthews met Joyce and Carter, there was a freeze frame of him walking in the parking lot. Recent DVD releases smooth this out by adding a flash of sunlight at the appropriate moment. See more »

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"The next time I cruise in these waters I'm going to have torpedoes on board and warheads on 'em."
8 January 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

1950s sci-fi monster movie about a giant octopus attacking ships and submarines. The Navy doesn't like it one bit. Slow-going with the monster octopus not fully showing up until three-quarters into the picture. Far too much focus in the first half on the nauseating romantic drama involving Kenneth Tobey's sub commander and scientists Faith Domergue and Donald Curtis. There is some fun to be had with the clichéd characters and some of their corny lines ("When you're driving that atomic submarine of yours, do you have time for romance?"). All of the octopus scenes are fun and the last quarter of the movie is the most interesting, due to the stop-motion effects from the legendary Ray Harryhausen. I normally love movies like this and would rate it higher, but it's just so talky and the romance makes me want to puke.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It Came from Beneath the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Long Beach, California, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

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1.85 : 1
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