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Gorath (1962)

Yôsei Gorasu (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Family, Sci-Fi | 15 May 1964 (USA)
In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it... See full summary »

Director:

Ishirô Honda

Writers:

Takeshi Kimura (screenplay), Jôjirô Okami (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryô Ikebe ... Dr. Tazawa - Astrophysicist
Yumi Shirakawa Yumi Shirakawa ... Tomoko Sonoda
Akira Kubo Akira Kubo ... Tatsuma Kanai - Cadet Astronaut
Kumi Mizuno ... Takiko Nomura
Hiroshi Tachikawa Hiroshi Tachikawa ... Wakabayashi - Pilot of Ôtori
Akihiko Hirata ... Endô - Captain of Ôtori
Kenji Sahara Kenji Sahara ... Saiki - Vice Captain of Ôtori
Jun Tazaki Jun Tazaki ... Raizô Sonoda - Tomoko's Father
Ken Uehara Ken Uehara ... Dr. Kôno - Astrophysicist
Takashi Shimura ... Kensuke Sonoda - Paleontologist
Seizaburô Kawazu ... Tada - Minister of Finance
Kô Mishima Kô Mishima ... Sanada - Engineer
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Physician
Takamaru Sasaki Takamaru Sasaki ... Prime Minister Seki
Kô Nishimura ... Murata - Secretary of Space
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In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it. A mission sent to observe Gorath is destroyed after all the orbiting ships are drawn into the planetoid. A later mission is sent to observe and the crew barely leaves before suffering the same fate. However Astronaut Tatsuo Kanai is left in a catatonic state due to his near death experience. The Earth's scientists then come up with a desperate plan to build giant rockets at the South Pole to move Earth out of Gorath's path before it is too late. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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See! the world doomed by an invading wild sun 6000 times bigger than earth!


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Trivia

Originally, the film wasn't going to include the giant walrus Magma. However, producer Tomoyuki Tanaka insisted that the monster be put into the film, so Ishirô Honda added the sequence, albeit reluctantly. See more »

Goofs

Cables supporting one of the astronauts training in the zero gravity chamber is briefly visible. See more »

Quotes

News Anchor: If we could come together and cooperate to overcome the danger that threatened us, can't we take this opportunity to work together for all eternity?
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Alternate Versions

"Gorath" has been available in the U.S. in two different versions. The original release by Brenco ran 83 minutes. The film was later acquired by Heritage Enterprises, Inc. who re-edited some of the footage. The most notable change was the complete removal of the entire pre-title sequence. The changes further reduced the running time to 77 minutes. All known U.S. video releases have used the 77 minute Heritage Enterprises version. See more »

Connections

Edited into Doomsday Machine (1972) See more »

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One of the better Japanese sci-fi films.
3 March 2001 | by boris-26See all my reviews

GORATH (1962) begins with a Japanese Space Exploration ship fatally encountering a run-away planet smaller than Earth, but much greater in mass. It is now up to Earth scientists to build rocket boosters at the South Pole in order to move the Earth out of it's orbit. For logic, GORATH is a scientific mess (One scientist watches Gorath suck up the moon "The moon's gone. But it gives us the boost we need!") Huh? However, GORATH is a charming sci-fi film. Akira Kubo (A Japanese actor who resembles Speed Racer) is the astronaut who takes on a suicidal space mission to observe Gorath when his relationship with a young woman is at it's lowest ebb. His return to Earth, as a shell-shocked wreck is quite touching. Tsuburaya's minatures are also at a low here. The space scenes a re quite beautiful and haunting despite that. Basically, GORATH, for all it's screenwriting and cinematograhic faults, has an entertaining charm.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

15 May 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

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Toho Company See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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