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Loch Ness (1996)

A scientist tries to prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster.

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John Henderson

Writer:

John Fusco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Dempsey
Joely Richardson ... Laura
Ian Holm ... Water Bailiff
Harris Yulin ... Dr. Mercer
James Frain ... Adrian Foote
Keith Allen ... Gordon Shoals
Nick Brimble ... Andy Maclean
Kirsty Graham ... Isabel
Harry Jones Harry Jones ... Wee Wullie
Philip O'Brien ... Dr. Abernathy
Joseph Greig Joseph Greig ... Guideon
John Dair John Dair ... Macleish
John Verea ... Tow Truck Driver
Debora Weston Debora Weston ... Dr. Hunter (as Deborah Weston)
Wolf Kahler ... Dr. Muller
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Dr. Dempsey, an American scientist who has become a skeptic after a disastrous wrong call, isn't exactly enthusiastic to be sent by his well-funded employer to Scotland to (dis)prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster, but has no choice. He finds the locals stubborn, 'primitive' and all but hospitable, not in the least because the Nessie legend is the only tourist attraction, but still gets romantically attracted by his independent inn-keeper Laura, and both her kid and his enthusiastic local assistant end up making him face a small family of Nessie-dinosaurs, but is this to be made public? Written by KGF Vissers

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for 1500 years one legend remains undiscovered undisturbed until now LOCH NESS See more »


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Rated PG for language, mild sensuality and a fist fight | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El misterio de Loch Ness See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the mid 70's, Hammer Films and Toho studio's planned an ambitious Loch Ness monster movie. David Frost and Euan Lloyd were producing with Bryan Forbes directing. Richard Harris, Richard Widmark and Katherine Ross were lined up to star, but in the end, this production titled " Nessie " failed to materialise. See more »

Goofs

In the outdoor village scenes seaweed can be clearly seen, this indicates that they were shot next to tidal sea water. Loch Ness is a fresh water loch and hence has no seaweed. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jonathan Dempsey: I'm a joke. I'm the guy who chases Looney Tunes.
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Referenced in Frank Skinner Live in Birmingham (1998) See more »

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Disney never made anything more touching than this!
14 March 2002 | by uds3See all my reviews

Why would Aaron Fleming of Northern Ireland throw up at this movie? My theory is that you never had a warm childhood Aaron and nothing magical has ever happened in your life. It wasn't made for viewers such as yourself. I think TRAINSPOTTING might be more your line.

I'd go further than saying that Ted Danson was "good" in this - it is by far his best movie (with the possible exception of GETTING EVEN WITH DAD). As discredited, financially strapped and harrassed Dr Dempsey, Danson is bundled off to Loch Ness to disprove Nessie's existence. Not only does he fail in his task, but he finds something even yet more unlikely - the unconditional love of a little girl and her innkeeper mother played with feisty gusto by Joley Richardson. I would defy any true romantic to withhold a tear at the end of this movie...easily one of the most touching films of all time. Proof if such be needed that one can make a beautiful family movie with not a single swear word or offensive scene.

The very briefly glimpsed "beastie" is heart-warmingly portrayed, never more so than during the closing credits to a backdrop of Rod Stewart's "Rivers of My Heart." Veteran Ian Holm just about steals the show as the Laird and "keeper" of the secret. The scene on the bus when he opens up Dr Dempsey's envelope is worth the price of the theater ticket alone!

Saccharine? manipulative? unrealistic? Yeah? well so was ET!


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