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Yeti: Giant of the 20th Century (1977)

Yeti - Il gigante del 20° secolo (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Fantasy | 23 December 1977 (Italy)
Professor Wassermann is asked by industry magnate Morgan Hunnicut to lead an expedition to study the giant Yeti creature found frozen in a large ice block.


Gianfranco Parolini (as Frank Kramer)


Mario di Nardo (story), Gianfranco Parolini (story) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonella Interlenghi Antonella Interlenghi ... Jane (as Phoenix Grant)
Mimmo Crao Mimmo Crao ... Yeti
Jim Sullivan Jim Sullivan ... Herbie
Tony Kendall ... Cliff Chandler
Edoardo Faieta Edoardo Faieta ... Morgan Hunnicut (as Eddie Faye)
John Stacy ... Prof. Henry Wassermann
Stelio Candelli Stelio Candelli ... (as Steve Elliot)
Loris Bazzocchi Loris Bazzocchi ... (as Loris Bazoky)
Donald O'Brien ... Sgt. Stricker
Aldo Canti ... The Killer (as Al Canti)
Francesco D'Adda Francesco D'Adda ... Secretary
Giuseppe Mattei Giuseppe Mattei ... Kowarsky
Claudio Zucchet Claudio Zucchet ... Barto
Stefano Cedrati ... TV operator
Agostino Scuderi Agostino Scuderi


Professor Wassermann (John Stacy) is asked by industry magnate Morgan Hunnicut (Eddie Faye) to lead an expedition to study the giant Yeti creature found frozen in a large ice block on Newfoundland's coast. The professor does not know that Hunnicut intends to use the prehistoric creature as a trademark of its multinational industrial group. A very big mistake.

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So Big, So Strong, But So Gentle. You Will Learn to Love Yeti See more »


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Italian censorship visa # 71313 delivered on 22-12-1977. See more »


Prof. Wassermann: I hope that slave of yours should cut your throat!
[Tony prepares to shave Hunnicutt]
Hunnicut: Well, Tony, what are you waiting for?
Tony, Hunnicut's Servant: You want a closer shave?
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Incredible... for all the wrong reasons
30 November 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I can understand Italian producers wanting to cash in on the publicity Dino De Laurentiis' remake of KING KONG generated, but seeing the end results here I am utterly perplexed as to why these particular Italian producers thought they could make a passable clone with such little money and lack of technical know-how! How bad are the effects? Well, in many cases when you see the giant yeti (the size of which keeps changing throughout the movie!), you can *see through him*, because of the cheap way the effects artists combined two separate shots! The shoddy effects also add to such already bizarrely hilarious moments like the fish skeleton and the shot of the yeti's nipple (you read that last one right!)

As you can probably guess, this is a remarkably goofy film, especially since it seems aimed at a family audience because of two child characters central to the action, as well as the scientist character acting somewhat clownish. What's surprising is how violent the movie is, with several graphic deaths (not all caused by the yeti!) At least these scenes help wake you up, because despite all the incompetence, it all becomes pretty tiresome quickly. Some Canadians may be interested in how it was extensively shot in the Toronto area, and even taking place there instead of being disguised as an American location. Though upon watching it, they'll soon see why they haven't heard of it before! If you want to see a more successful Italian movie shot in Canada (and also taking place there!), check out "Strange Shadows In An Empty Room", which was shot around the same time.

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23 December 1977 (Italy) See more »

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Giant of the 20th Century See more »

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(1981) (video)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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