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Reptilicus (1961)

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After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life.

Directors:

Poul Bang, Sidney W. Pink (as Sidney Pink)

Writers:

Sidney W. Pink (original story) (as Sid Pink), Ib Melchior (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ... Svend Viltorft
Asbjørn Andersen Asbjørn Andersen ... Prof. Otto Martens (as Asbjorn Andersen)
Povl Wøldike Povl Wøldike ... Dr. Peter Dalby (as Poul Wildaker)
Ann Smyrner ... Lise Martens
Mimi Heinrich ... Karen Martens
Dirch Passer ... Petersen
Marlies Behrens ... Connie Miller (American version) (as Marla Behrens)
Carl Ottosen Carl Ottosen ... Gen. Mark Grayson
Ole Wisborg Ole Wisborg ... Capt. Einer Brandt
Birthe Wilke Birthe Wilke ... Herself - Nightclub Singer
Mogens Brandt Mogens Brandt ... Police Chief Hassing
Kjeld Petersen ... Police Officer Olsen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jens Due Jens Due ... Journalist
May Reimers May Reimers ... Badegæst (as Mai Reimers)
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Storyline

A portion of the tail of a prehistoric reptile is discovered in Denmark. It regenerates into the entire reptile, which proceeds to destroy buildings and property and generally make a nuisance of itself. It can fly, swim, and walk, and has impenetrable scales, which makes it difficult to kill. Written by Paul White <pwhite@bigfoot.com>

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Taglines:

Invincible...Indestructible! What was this awesome BEAST born 50 million years out of time? See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM Studios (us)

Country:

Denmark | USA

Language:

Danish | English

Release Date:

20 February 1961 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Apeili stin poli See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Saga Studio See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Two versions were filmed: a Danish-language version directed by Poul Bang, and an English-language version directed by producer Sidney W. Pink. All actors were in both versions, except Bodil Miller, who couldn't speak English. Marlies Behrens dubbed her character. AIP head Samuel Z. Arkoff said the dialogue had to be re-dubbed because he felt that the "sing-song Scandinavian accents" would have U.S. audiences laughing. Pink threatened to sue. After Pink had other industry professionals view his version of the film, the lawsuit was dropped and AIP released an edited, re-dubbed English-language version. See more »

Goofs

The monster repeatedly changes scale, compared to buildings and people. See more »

Quotes

Lise Martens: [to General Grayson] If Reptilicus is hit, you'll never find all the pieces underwater. He'll regenerate, Mark!
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Alternate Versions

A few scenes in which Reptilicus flew were deleted from the film before it reached the United States due to the fact they looked so akward. See more »


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Tivoli Nights
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More to this then meets the eye
30 August 2001 | by thomasbellSee all my reviews

Reptilicus is truly a bad, but fun movie to watch. From the incredibly awful monster which was photographed in such an unconvincing manner as to look exactly as big as it was (about 2 feet long) to the routine "giant monster on the loose in the city" plot to the inept acting.

However, this movie *does* have some decent moments. The first few minutes in the beginning when the drillers find the fairly gross pieces of meat and blood on the drill from boring into the hide of Reptilicus buried deep underground (with the movie's title literally leaping from the main character's blood stained hands) and the creepy sequence when the creature comes to life in the storm brings a few chills to the undemanding monster movie lover. A skinned cow's head also adds a bit of gore to the movie. Also, the dubbing is fairly good and not too noticeable. The dialog itself however, is comically bad.

Of course, the movie has an abundance of unintentional laughs and the monster itself is the main focus here. Reptilicus is probably the *worst* looking giant monster ever created. Looking like a bargain basement toy snake with an oversized head and fangs with some useless little feet and wings glued on it and some red glop slathered in it's mouth, it wobbles and swings its head as if a single fishing line from above controls all of it's movements. The detail in the crummy model houses and buildings it destroys is below an HO scale train set. Reptilicus occasionally vomits some crudely animated day-glow green "acid slime" at people but you never see it's affects on anyone. At one point, Reptilicus destroys a farm and eats some guy in a plaid shirt which is actually a very poorly animated cartoon figure!

Now here's a few tidbits not well known about this movie:

It was originally shot in Copenhagen in the native Danish language. There was about an additional 10 minutes of dialog that was cut in the US English dubbed release. Reptilicus did *not* spit acid goo, as this was added in the US release. There were no slow motion shots of the monster in the original version. Most importantly, Reptilicus actually *flew* in a few scenes! Very much like the Japanese original "Godzilla" movie, this movie was substantially altered for US release.

However, the original version is just as "bad" as the US version.

This movie was just released in August 2001 as a budget priced R1 dvd with a very nice, full frame transfer which includes a trailer for the movie.


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