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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 »
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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)
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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>

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The Biggest Thing Since Creation! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Black and White (archive material)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the sound effects are taken from King Kong (1933), including Fay Wray's scream. See more »

Goofs

When Karnes and Bickford first visit the fishing village, they can be seen standing in first position on the pier for at least two seconds before walking toward the fisherman - obviously waiting for an "action" call. See more »

Quotes

Steve Karnes: [looking at the instrument plate] This is very impressive, but I'm not going to perform surgery... I'm going to cut a fish.
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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 »

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Behemoth a Generation Favorite
27 December 2005 | by cal-53See all my reviews

This film was made before the days of cgi and therefore must seem painfully dated to younger viewers but to us who grew up in the atomic monster age it is both scary and charming. We do not look with judgment on the film but rather on the times in which it was produced. Fond memories of drive-in theaters and Saturday night scarfests with friends. Carefree times of youth and adolescence. That said "Behemoth" is ultimately more entertaining with it's challenging fx than many of our modern day films which completely lack any charm. Simply filling a film with eye catching Cgi does not a movie make. Willis O'Brian's painstaking stop-motion effects and Eugene Lourie's talent with a minuscule budget unite to make a scary premise very entertaining and certainly fondly remembered.


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