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Tarantula ()


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A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

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Dr. Matt Hastings
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Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
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Prof. Gerald Deemer
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Sheriff Jack Andrews
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Joe Burch
Edwin Rand ...
Lt. John Nolan
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Townsend
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Josh
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Barney Russell
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Andy Andersen
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Townsman (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ...
Telephone Operator (uncredited)
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Second Tramp (uncredited)
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Arizona State Trooper (uncredited)
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Jim Bagny (uncredited)
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Jet Squadron Leader (uncredited)
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Ranch Hand (uncredited)
Jane Howard ...
Jean - Professor Townsend's Assistant (uncredited)
James Hyland ...
Trooper Grayson (uncredited)
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Jeb - First Tramp (uncredited)
Robert Nelson ...
State Trooper (uncredited)
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Paul Lund / Eric Jacobs (uncredited)
Ray Quinn ...
State Trooper (uncredited)
Vernon Rich ...
Ridley (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ...
Charlie - Castle Rock Townsman (uncredited)
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Deputized Townsman (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ...
Warehouseman (uncredited)
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Pickup Passenger (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ...
Murphy (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt ...
Pickup Driver (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ...
Bus Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jack Arnold

Written by

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Robert M. Fresco ... (screenplay) and
Martin Berkeley ... (screenplay)
 
Jack Arnold ... (story) and
Robert M. Fresco ... (story)

Produced by

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William Alland ... producer

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Herman Stein ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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George Robinson ... director of photography

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William Morgan ... (as William M. Morgan)

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Alexander Golitzen
Alfred Sweeney

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Russell A. Gausman
Ruby R. Levitt

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Jay A. Morley Jr. ... (uncredited)

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Joan St. Oegger ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Shaw ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Frank H. Wilkinson ... sound (as Frank Wilkinson)
Edward L. Sandlin ... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Sikorsky ... sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Wah Chang ... creator: tarantula puppet (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Clifford Stine ... special photography
David S. Horsley ... special photographic effects supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jack Hendricks ... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... stunts (uncredited)

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Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Henry Mancini ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Reynold Brown ... movie poster art (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In the Arizona desert, Professor Gerald Deemer is experimenting with growth hormones in the hopes of finding a way to increase the world's food supply. His partner in the project was recently found dead in the desert, suffering from a disease that normally takes years to advance but, in his case, seems to have afflicted him in only a few days. The local doctor, Matt Hastings, is puzzled by the strange case and, with Deemer's recently arrived (and very pretty) assistant, Stephanie Clayton, tries to figure out what is going on. When cattle remains are found in the countryside, evidence points to a giant tarantula as the culprit. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines More terrifying than any horror known to man comes a creeping crawling monster whose towering fury no one can escape! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Giant Tarantula (United States)
  • Tarantula! (United States)
  • Tarantula! (France)
  • Tarántula (Spain)
  • Óriáspók (Hungary)
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  • 80 min
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Trivia Look for a young Clint Eastwood as the (uncredited) leader of the jet squadron that attacks the tarantula in the film's climax. See more »
Goofs When the Tarantula attacks Prof. Deemers house, we see a closeup of its "face" looking through the window, with two large eyes right above the jaws. A real tarantula looks completely different, with eight eyes located at very different positions. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999). See more »
Quotes Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton: Science is science, but a girl MUST get her hair done.
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