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Gammera the Invincible (1966)

An atomic explosion awakens Gammera--a giant, fire-breathing turtle monster--from his millions of years of hibernation. Enraged at being roused from such a sound sleep, he takes it out on Tokyo.

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Richard Kraft, Niisan Takahashi (screenplay) (as Nizo Takahashi)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dekker ... Secretary of Defense
Brian Donlevy ... Gen. Terry Arnold
Diane Findlay Diane Findlay ... Sgt. Susan Embers
John Baragrey ... J.T. Standish
Dick O'Neill ... Gen. O'Neill
Eiji Funakoshi ... Dr. Hidaka (archive footage)
Michiko Sugata Michiko Sugata ... Nobuyo (archive footage)
Harumi Kiritachi Harumi Kiritachi ... Kyoke (archive footage)
Mort Marshall Mort Marshall ... Jules Manning
Bob Carraway Bob Carraway ... Lt. Simpson
Alan Oppenheimer ... Dr. Contrare
John McCurry John McCurry ... A1C Hopkins
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Sen. Billings (as Stephen Zacharias)
Walter Arnold Walter Arnold ... American Ambassador
Thomas Stubblefield Thomas Stubblefield ... Capt. Lovell
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An atomic explosion awakens Gammera--a giant, fire-breathing turtle monster--from his millions of years of hibernation. Enraged at being roused from such a sound sleep, he takes it out on Tokyo.

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Don't come if you scare easy!!! [double bill with "Knives of the Avenger"] See more »

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Family | Sci-Fi

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Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono
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Gammera's explosive debut...
25 December 2006 | by Anonymous_MaxineSee all my reviews

Gammera, one of the most famous Japanese monsters to hit the big screen in the 1960s makes his debut in this zero-budget, politically charged monster thriller. It is interesting to consider the tensions that were taking place between certain nations at the time that the movie was made, especially between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. There is no effort made to disguise the animosity that existed between the two, more than likely since that bitterness was needed as a catalyst to bring Gammera back from 200 million years of hibernation. The U.S. shoots down a suspicious bomber, which turned out to be Russian, over the arctic region. As is to be expected from those sneaky Russians, the bomber was loaded with hydrogen bombs which, upon impact, explode with sufficient force to not only thaw but also infuriate the sleeping Gammera. Lots of havoc is wreaked upon poorly constructed models of cities and airplanes and landscapes and such, and there is some strange subplot about a little boy obsessed with turtles who wants to expose Gammera for the gentle creature that he really is. Inspiration for the Iron Giant, maybe? The special effects are astonishingly bad, but there was no budget and in the movie's defense, I have to say that the people involved in making it knew that they had no budget but they took very seriously their task of doing as much as they could with as little as they had.

Classic Japanese monster fare.


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