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The Beast 

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Mysterious things happen at the coast of Graves Point: An empty boat lies at the shore, divers vanish. The sea biologist Dr. Talley thinks he knows the solution of the mystery: In the depth there is a gigantic squid.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
William Petersen ...  Whip Dalton 2 episodes, 1996
Karen Sillas ...  Lt. Kathryn Marcus 2 episodes, 1996
Charles Martin Smith ...  Schuyler Graves 2 episodes, 1996
Ronald Guttman ...  Dr. Herbert Talley 2 episodes, 1996
Missy Crider ...  Dana Dalton 2 episodes, 1996
Sterling Macer Jr. ...  Mike Newcombe 2 episodes, 1996
Denis Arndt ...  Osborne Manning 2 episodes, 1996
A.J. Johnson ...  Nell Newcombe 2 episodes, 1996
Larry Drake ...  Lucas Coven 2 episodes, 1996
Murray Bartlett ...  Christopher Lane 2 episodes, 1996
Laura Vazquez ...  Hadley 2 episodes, 1996
Robert Mammone ...  Ensign Raines 2 episodes, 1996
David Webb David Webb ...  Jameson 2 episodes, 1996
Marshall Napier ...  Commander Wallingford 2 episodes, 1996
Les Hill ...  Spike 2 episodes, 1996
Andrew Hill Andrew Hill ...  Chowder 2 episodes, 1996
David Field ...  Scranton 2 episodes, 1996
Laurence Coy ...  Farmer 2 episodes, 1996
David Argue ...  Bates 2 episodes, 1996
Helen O'Connor Helen O'Connor ...  Maeve 2 episodes, 1996
Chad Tyler Chad Tyler ...  Howard Griffin 2 episodes, 1996
Angie Milliken ...  Elizabeth Griffin 2 episodes, 1996
Alan David Lee ...  Les 2 episodes, 1996
Bruce Alexander ...  Corbin Jakes 2 episodes, 1996
Scott McRae ...  Ebbets 2 episodes, 1996
Matt Day ...  Cosgrove 2 episodes, 1996
Justin Monjo Justin Monjo ...  Lieutenant Henderson 2 episodes, 1996
David Whitney ...  John Esterbrook 2 episodes, 1996
Joe Petruzzi ...  The Doctor 2 episodes, 1996
Tyler Coppin ...  Harry 2 episodes, 1996
Ken Radley Ken Radley ...  James 2 episodes, 1996
Francine Bell ...  Newsreader 2 episodes, 1996
Kyra Stempel Kyra Stempel ...  Wallingford's Secretary 2 episodes, 1996
Rick Adams ...  Reporter #1 2 episodes, 1996
Andrea Cunningham Andrea Cunningham ...  Reporter #2 2 episodes, 1996
Robert Echols Robert Echols ...  Crew Member #1 2 episodes, 1996
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Charlton Hill Charlton Hill ...  Chowder 2 episodes, 1996
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Storyline

Fishing and jobs are becoming scarce in a small seaport community when tragedy strikes a young couple disappear into the sea and nothing is left but a large claw stuck in their raft. A marine expert identifies it as belonging to an extremely rare giant squid and the hunt is on. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Terror runs deep. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and terror | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the book by Peter Benchley. Benchley was the executive producer of this television adaptation. See more »

Goofs

Whip states the largest whole squid carcass ever found was 45 feet long, and that no one knows how big a squid gets. While the first statement is not strictly true, it could be Whip's error; the second statement is true, since squid are not generally visible. See more »

Quotes

Scranton: What exactly are we looking for?
Lucas Coven: Something big.
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Alternate Versions

The VHS video version cuts this film down from 176 minutes long to 116 minutes long, removing numerous amounts of footage from the original TV version. See more »

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References 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) See more »

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I'm no marine biologist, but . . .
11 December 2004 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This initially appears to be a televised version of author Peter Benchley ripping off his own book "Jaws". Actually though it's worse than that--if anything Benchley is actually ripping off "Jaws 3" (not to mention the infamously crappy 70's film "Tentacles" which was itself a rip-off of "Jaws"). Like "Tentacles" this TV movie has a giant squid terrorizing a seaside community. But it also borrows a ridiculous conceit from "Jaws 3" by having TWO giant squid--the first an over-sized baby and the second the even larger mother out for revenge. Well, I'm no marine biologist but even I know that sharks and squids lay eggs and then abandon them and wouldn't know their offspring from any other shark or squid, so neither would be too motivated by revenge. But, much like the movie, let's leave logic aside.

As in "Jaws" the main appeal is supposed to be the cast. But this movie doesn't have the stellar cast of "Jaws", or even "Jaws 3" or "Tentacles" for that matter. William Peterson is okay in the lead, but his usual intense, overly serious performance, which works in a movie like "Manhunter" or "To Live and Die in LA", just seems goofy in a movie like this. Larry Drake and Charles Martin Smith are better in smaller roles which they seem to take a lot less seriously. I have always suspected that Missy Crider, who plays Peterson's daughter, is actually Amy Locane with her hair dyed red (think about it--has anyone ever seen the two of them together?). Of course, Peterson also has an improbable love interest who works for the coast guard (so the American TV audience wouldn't think he was gay or anything), and his best friend and partner is black to show that even in remote Washington state fishing villages racial harmony has been achieved. The squid looks more real than the one in "Tentacles" (but then again so does your average dust mop). But it's just not enough to carry a three and a half hour movie.


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