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Gorgo (1961)

Unrated | | Action, Drama, Horror | 29 March 1961 (USA)
Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.

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Complete credited cast:
... Joe
... Sam
Vincent Winter ... Sean
Christopher Rhodes ... McCartin
... Prof. Hendricks
... Prof. Flaherty
... Dorkin
... Radio Reporter (as Maurice Kauffman)
Basil Dignam ... Admiral
Barry Keegan ... Mate
Tommy Duggan ... 1st Naval Officer (as Thomas Duggan)
... 1st Colonel
Dervis Ward ... Bosun
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A salvage vessle is nearly sunk off the Irish coast by an undersea earthquake. A few nights later, a walking sea monster tangles with the fishing boats and enters the town. The salvage vessel captures Gorgo and takes it to London for display. Gorgo's mother, who is upset and significantly larger follows his trail to London leaving a wake of destruction in her path. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Fornaldar-skrímslið  »

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Trivia

Although this was a British production, it had its world premiere in Japan in January 1961, nine months before it premiered in Britian. See more »

Goofs

A dead diver is shown floating face-down in the ocean. He has twin air tanks on his back, but when the body is pulled up into a boat, his gear has changed to a single tank. See more »

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[During a scuba dive, the men glimpse Gorgo and hurriedly return to the boat]
Joe Ryan: What did you see, Sam?
Sam Slade: I don't know. But whatever it was, I never want to see it again.
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Referenced in The Big Box: The House of the Devil (2010) See more »

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Underrated Monster Classic
22 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

For some reason, most non-Godzilla giant monster films are looked down upon by IMDB reviewers. Gorgo, the "English Godzilla", tears apart London in this film that is just as entertaining, and perhaps even more so, than the original Godzilla. Both the infant and adult Gorgo's look fantastic, and the human actors, while somewhat bland, aren't terrible and don't detract much from the movie. Also factor in that it's infinitely more interesting when the monuments destroyed are all recognizable, and it's strange to see why this film, especially among sci-fi/monster film fans, isn't more appreciated. Plus, you gotta dig those crazy prehistoric fish (the only part of the film that doesn't really make sense)!


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