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The Being (1983)

A mutated creature is wreaking havoc in a small town in Idaho. A police chief and a government scientist team up to save their rural town from its menace.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Landau ... Garson Jones
Marianne Gordon ... Laurie
Bill Osco Bill Osco ... Mortimer Lutz (as Rexx Coltrane)
José Ferrer ... Mayor Gordon Lane (as Jose Ferrer)
Dorothy Malone ... Marge Smith
Ruth Buzzi ... Virginia Lane
Murray Langston ... Arn
Kinky Friedman Kinky Friedman ... Willis
Johnny Dark Johnny Dark ... John
Kent Perkins ... Officer Dudley
Ellen Blake Ellen Blake ... Jenny
Roxanne Osco Roxanne Osco ... Suzie (as Roxanne Cybelle Osco)
Jerry Maren ... Monster (as Jerry Marin)
Eric Helland Eric Helland ... Doper #1
Bill Rawlinson Bill Rawlinson ... Doper #2
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Storyline

Toxic waste dumping in a small Idaho town turns a young boy into horrible mutant monster. The town's police chief and a government scientist team up to stop the monster, which is quickly killing off the town's citizenry. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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The ultimate terror has taken form

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty and the Beast See more »

Filming Locations:

Boise, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Bill Osco Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Had it's Red Carpet premier at the El Con mall theater in Tucson Az in 1980 under the title Beauty and the Beast. Most of the stars, including Ruth Buzzy, Martin Landau, and Marianne Gordon were in attendance. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene where the creature is chasing the boy it starts off in broad daylight, but when he reaches the junkyard and steals a car it is night time. See more »

Quotes

Laurie: But if this thing is actually killing people, then why is the mayor trying to keep it quiet?
Detective Mortimer Lutz: Potatoes
Laurie: Potatoes?
Detective Mortimer Lutz: Around here that means big money.
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Crazy Credits

Bill Osco is credited as Rexx Coltrane twice in the movie, and as Johnny Commander once. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Monster Squad (1987) See more »

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Whoa!
19 November 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

THE BEING is one bad movie. And it's very funny. There's no point of writing a sensible review of this "movie" because it's sooooooo bad. If you like bad movies, you have to check it out. My favorite scene is the one at the drive-in, where people are watching a movie with a cheesy monster attacking a bimbo, while the "being" attacks people in their cars. The whole thing was almost brilliant! The main actor is very stiff and his voice is dubbed throughout the movie. I guess the actor didn't have a great voice. And Martin Landau plays a scientist of sorts. Boy, did he hit rock bottom with this movie. And then there's Ruth Buzzi. Yes, THE Ruth Buzzi. There's nothing like seeing the name Ruth Buzzi during the opening credits to give a film some star quality. Arf!

Anyway, I like this movie a lot. It's really one of the best "it's so bad it's good" movies.


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