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Leviathan (1989)

An American deep-sea mining colony stumbles upon a sunken Soviet vessel hiding a horrific secret.

Director:

George P. Cosmatos

Writers:

David Webb Peoples (story) (as David Peoples), David Webb Peoples (screenplay) (as David Peoples) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter Weller ... Steven Beck
Richard Crenna ... Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson
Amanda Pays ... Elizabeth 'Willie' Williams
Daniel Stern ... Buzz 'Sixpack' Parrish
Ernie Hudson ... Justin Jones
Michael Carmine ... Tony 'DeJesus' Rodero
Lisa Eilbacher ... Bridget Bowman
Hector Elizondo ... G. P. Cobb
Meg Foster ... Ms. Martin
Eugene Lipinski ... Russian Ship Captain (as Eugene Lipinsky)
Larry Dolgin Larry Dolgin ... Helicopter Pilot
Pascal Druant Pascal Druant ... Winch Operator
Steve Pelot Steve Pelot ... Winch Operator
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Storyline

Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with horrifying results. The crew of the mining base must fight to survive against a genetic mutation that hunts them down one by one. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Havets hämnare See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,029,000, 19 March 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,704,614
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Chicken feathers were used at one point of shooting the underwater sequences to suggest things were floating around in the water. According to Alex Thomson this did not work because the feathers floating side to side instead of up and down and the idea had to be scrapped altogether. See more »

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You can see a crew member, probably the camera assistant, visible in the lower left hand corner of the mirror when Beck and the doctor are talking when the disease first makes its appearance. See more »

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Steven Beck: [as he fights Leviathan] See you topside.
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A classic one of my personal all time favorite movies one of Peter Weller's best movies
12 February 2017 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

Leviathan (1989) is my personal favorite film it is an underrated creature film from the 80's starring Peter Weller (RoboCop) and directed by George P. Cosmatos who directed my all time favorite classic sequel Rambo: First Blood Part II and he later worked with Stallone again on Cobra (1986) my two favorite movies. So Leviathan become one of my all time favorite classic creature films and I love this movie to death! I wish they would make more movies like this to day and it is really a shame because special effects that time in the 80's were really good.

Stan Winston's creations, while on a second-tier level to some of his other work, are still shudder-worthy. Jerry Goldsmith's score is quite effective and it provides more prestige than this B-movie probably deserves.

Leviathan was worth the hassle of those repeat visits to the rental store. The movie transcends its derivative plot structure ("John Carpenter's The Thing wins an ocean vacation and pretends to be Ridley Scott's Alien.") A lot of people are complying that the movie was a rip off Ridley Scott's Alien and John Carpenter's The Thing I personally enjoy it every time I watch the movie. I had an identical experience with Leviathan's underwater monster counterpart The Abyss and DeepStar Six the movie I watched previous month and I thought the movie was a boring, lame a time waster and identical copy of this movie.

Plot: Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with horrifying results. The crew of the mining base must fight to survive against a genetic mutation that hunts them down one by one.

I love the cast, I love the set, production design, the story and the plot, the horror and action. I do enjoy the creature effects, a lot of people don't care about the creature effects, I disagree. The music score is beautiful, the film goes fast paced around, I am never bored with it. The acting from all the actors are good and enjoyable.

All the people that were involved with this film are no longer with us anymore. R.I.P. George P. Cosmatos, Stan Winston, Jerry Goldsmith, Michael Carmine and Richard Crenna. It is really a shame that they are no longer with us anymore.

We have the cast that I love: Peter Weller (RoboCop 1, 2), Richard Crenna (Rambo Trilogy), Amanda Pays (The Flash), Daniel Stern (Home Alone 1, 2, Bushwhacked), Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters 1,2), Lisa Eilbacher (Beverly Hills Cop), Hector Elizondo (Beverly Hills Cop III) and Meg Foster (They Live).

Peter Weller is believable as the calm-mannered supervisor who must maintain a cool head while managing any potentially volatile problems with the crew in an enclosed location where the slightest mistake could have deadly consequences. Amanda Pays, who was the ultimate object of infatuation for nerdy guys like me who enjoyed the The Flash TV series in the 90's and I still do enjoy her in the new Flash, is gorgeous and cool in Leviathan as a mining operative who plans to begin astronaut training after her undersea duty, and this role cements my opinion of her as one of the top 10 most beautiful women of the 1980s. Richard Crenna, excels as the seemingly-shady doctor who, like Ash in Ridley Scott's Alien, may or may not have an agenda all his own. Ernie Hudson and Daniel Stern lend some needed personality and levity to the equation. Lisa Eilbacher is competent in her role that provides one of Leviathan's most unsettling moments.

Leviathan is a 1989 Italian-American science fiction horror film directed by George P. Cosmatos and written by David Webb Peoples and Jeb Stuart.

Such negatives are distracting. Your ability to ignore such distractions will ultimately determine if you give this a 5 or a 9. Were it a little more humane as it stands, I give it a 10 because It is one of my favorite movies and it is very underrated.


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