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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.

Director:

Eugène Lourié (as Eugene Lourie)

Writers:

Robert L. Richards (screen story), Daniel James (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Bill Travers ... Joe
William Sylvester ... Sam
Vincent Winter Vincent Winter ... Sean
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... McCartin
Joseph O'Conor ... Prof. Hendricks
Bruce Seton ... Prof. Flaherty
Martin Benson ... Dorkin
Maurice Kaufmann ... Radio Reporter (as Maurice Kauffman)
Basil Dignam ... Admiral
Barry Keegan Barry Keegan ... Mate
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... 1st Naval Officer (as Thomas Duggan)
Howard Lang ... 1st Colonel
Dervis Ward 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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Like nothing you've ever seen before! See more »

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Action | Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

29 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fornaldar-skrímslið See more »

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Production Co:

King Brothers Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Other than the extras, there are no females in the cast. See more »

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A scene in which a London bus displays an advertisement for DULUX paint is also shown in reverse; XULUD. See more »

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Radio Reporter: Bridge is gone! One of London's oldest landmarks smashed like matchwood! Nothing has stopped this beast so far, nothing!
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Referenced in The Making of 'Jurassic Park' (1995) See more »

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One of the better giant lizard flicks around.
17 January 2006 | by AngryChairSee all my reviews

A better-than-average giant lizard movie from Britain, this is a fairly well-made and exciting monster flick.

Sailors capture a huge, scaly sea monster and take it to London to be a tourist attraction. Unfortunately this 'monster' is only a baby and its MUCH BIGGER mother is on the way to save it!

Gorgo is an epic B picture thats a notch above all the rest on every level. The story is more creative than the normal giant monster movie, it doesn't have one of those clichéd conclusions either. The creature FX (while granted the monster is a big rubber suit) are far more impressive and ominous than most of its kind. There's lots of intense action to be had, especially in the destructive climax! The music score is nice as well.

The cast is better than average too. Leading men Bill Travers and William Sylvester do some solid performances, even young Vincent Winter isn't bad as a kid who wants to see the creature set free.

All the way Gorgo is a better quality monster movie than most of its breed. Genre fans will find it a worth-wild watch.

*** 1/2 out of ****


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