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The Mighty Gorga (1969)

G | | Adventure, Fantasy | 1969 (USA)
A circus owner and a trapper trek into an African jungle to capture a giant gorilla for his circus.

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David L. Hewitt

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David L. Hewitt (screenplay) (as David Prentiss), Jean Hewitt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Eisley ... Mark Remington
Megan Timothy Megan Timothy ... April Adams
Scott Brady ... Dan Morgan
Kent Taylor ... Tonga Jack Adams
Gary Kent ... Arnold Shye
Greydon Clark ... Dan Remington
Sheldon Lee Sheldon Lee ... Kabula
Lee Parrish Lee Parrish ... George
John Parker ... Charlie
William Bonner William Bonner ... Brandon
Bruce Kimball Bruce Kimball ... Mort the Clown / The Witch Doctor (as Bruce Kimble)
Gary Graver Gary Graver ... Bill
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Circus owner Mark Remington is concerned that he is about to go bankrupt. On hearing of an overgrown gorilla (Gorga) in Africa, he travels there with the aim of capturing it to be used as an attraction in his circus. On arrival, the hunter who originally reported the gorilla is nowhere to be found, but his daughter, April says that he has been kidnapped. Together they set off in order to find both Gorga and her father. Meanwhile Morgan, a rival hunter, is also on their trail.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Attack of the Death Monsters See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The Mighty Gorga was released in 1969. The film has since been released on DVD in 2002 by Something Weird Video as a double-feature with One Million AC/DC. See more »

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Although the action is supposed to take place in Africa, April's 4WD truck clearly shows California license plates, front and back. See more »

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References Taffy and the Jungle Hunter (1965) See more »

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Where is the other half of the gorilla?
4 July 2006 | by reptilicusSee all my reviews

Lost world movies are generally fun, the sort of thing Saturday matinées used to be made for. There was an intrepid hero, a pretty girl, a wise scientist, a villain, a comedy relief and a couple of throwaway characters whom you knew would not make it to the end of the picture. Expect monsters, hostile natives and maybe even a volcanic eruption. All of which would be lots of fun. Well most of those elements are present in the movie I am here tonight to talk about. There is just one thing missing. The fun.

Anthony Eisley owns a circus that is about to go bankrupt if he does not come up with a new attraction. Eisley tells his partner that a "great white hunter" in Africa has sent him a telegram saying he knows where to find "an overgrown gorilla" and quicker than you can say "Professor Challenger" Anthony is winging his way to Africa.

The hunter who sent the telegram is nowhere to be found but his daughter April (Megan Timothy) says he vanished into the jungle several weeks ago. Eisley suggests they go search for him and the giant gorilla at the same time. Complicating matters is Morgan (Scott Brady) a rival trapper whom you just know is going to be a lot of trouble before the picture ends. Anthony and Megan make their way through the dense jungle (allegdly Africa USA but it looks like the wooded area behind a shopping mall) and finally arrive at the base of a plateau. Yes, before you can say "Lost Continent" they are climbing, even though neither brought anything in the way of mountain scaling equipment or even food!

Now the fun really starts. Reaching the top of the mountain with relative ease the lower-than-low budget of this movie begins to show. Megan looks off camera and says "Look at those strange trees!" and Eisley responds "Those aren't trees, they're giant mushrooms." Then she looks in the other direction and Anthony says "That species of plant hasn't existed on Earth for millions of years." (Okay so a circus owner is well versed in botany, it could happen!) The script really enters gonzo-land when the pair spot a South American Indian running through the brush. Now what is he doing in the middle of Africa? Sadly we never find out, that potentially interesting plot point is quickly forgotten.

The local natives worship The Mighty Gorga, a gigantic gorilla (you're surprised?) and regularly make sacrifices of the local pretty women to him. As the witch doctor says to the ape at one point "I know your thirst for the blood of the maidens is great!" I guess he does not know gorillas are vegetarians; though it offers the question of what exactly does happen to the woman Gorga carries away? Megan and Anthony find the missing hunter (whose name is either Bwana Jack or Conga Jack, no two people in the picture seem sure of just what to call him) but there is still the problem of how to get off the plateau without getting killed by either the natives or Gorga. Oh and don't forget, bad guy Scott Brady is waiting at the bottom of the mountain.

So who write this picture, Ed Wood? I know it sure feels that way but Eddie had nothing to do with this. It was the brain(?)child of David Hewitt who gave us WIZARD OF MARS, JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF TIME and GALLERY OF HORRORS among others. He was the Ed Wood of the late 60's. No really, I meant that as a compliment.

Special effects include a battery run model of a Tyrannosaurus that had previously been used in the softcore film ONE MILLION AC/DC and half a gorilla costume. I'm serious! We only see Gorga from the waist up! What happened Dave, did you lose the bottom half of couldn't you afford to rent a whole costume? Process photography is terrible,with Gorgo clearly in the foreground while Anthony and Megan are in the blurry background. The ubiquitous Bronson Canyon caves show up again, this time playing the interior of a volcano where a fire monster lives. If the stop motion dragon in the cave looks familiar its because thrifty Mr. Hewitt borrowed a few seconds of footage from the muscleman picture GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON.

So does Gorga get captured and carted off to the circus? Hey, see the picture for yourself and find out. Is this movie a so-bad-it's-good classic? No way! This movie makes WIZARD OF MARS look good by comparison. It's on DVD know so you can suffer . . . er . . . I mean experience it for yourself. The laughter you hear will probably be your own.


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