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Gorgo (1961)

Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 29 March 1961 (USA)
Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.

Director:

Eugène Lourié (as Eugene Lourie)

Writers:

Robert L. Richards (screen story), Daniel James (screen story) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Bill Travers ... Joe Ryan
William Sylvester ... Sam Slade
Vincent Winter ... Sean
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... McCartin
Joseph O'Conor ... Prof. Hendricks
Bruce Seton ... Prof. Flaherty
Martin Benson ... Dorkin
Maurice Kaufmann ... Radio Reporter (as Maurice Kauffman)
Basil Dignam ... Admiral
Barry Keegan Barry Keegan ... Mate
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... 1st Naval Officer (as Thomas Duggan)
Howard Lang ... 1st Colonel
Dervis Ward Dervis Ward ... Bosun
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Storyline

A salvage vessle is nearly sunk off the Irish coast by an undersea earthquake. A few nights later, a walking sea monster tangles with the fishing boats and enters the town. The salvage vessel captures Gorgo and takes it to London for display. Gorgo's mother, who is upset and significantly larger follows his trail to London leaving a wake of destruction in her path. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

29 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fornaldar-skrímslið See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original script had no military action indicated. Director Eugène Lourié argued that gunfire would kill a beast, no matter how big. The King Brothers wanted guns and they got them. See more »

Goofs

The sailors put into port on what is supposed to be a small island off the West coast of Ireland. They encounter a local, and ask him a question, which he answers in Irish (Gaelic): "Cad a dhéanfaimid anois?" whilst gesturing in the direction they need to travel. This means, "What will we do now?" Anybody who understood this will wonder why he would answer in this way, until later in the film, when it gradually emerges that this is what he always says when required to utter a line that we are not supposed to understand. There is actually one occasion when the phrase used fits the situation. See more »

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Radio Reporter: We prayed for a miracle. Maybe our prayers have been answered. A great city, overwhelmed, exhausted, lies helpless under the immeasurable power and ferocity of this towering apparition from before the dawn of history. Yet, as disdaining the pygmies under her feet, she turns back! Turns with her young, leaving the prostrate city, leaving the haunts of man, and leaving man himself to ponder the proud boast that he alone is lord of all creation.
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Good Godzilla Knock-Off That I'll Take Over the Early Gamera's Any Day
11 August 2000 | by raptor_2See all my reviews

First off, let me say that I am indeed an MST3K fan, but I saw, and have owned this movie, long before i ever even became a MSTie myself. And as for the original himself, Godzilla, i have been a Godzilla fan longer than I have ever even walked (literally). So in that respect, my priorities come Godzilla first, MST3K second.

With that out of the way, this isn't an all that bad Godzilla knock off. For one thing, it isn't dubbed, though the actors are still hard to hear clearly. Second, the monster effects are fairly good. Simple man-in-suit technique that still works today. Third, there is a plot, involving the young Gorgo being taken by British entrepeneurs for exploitation back on their ol' isle. Then daddy/mommy/whatever Gorgo comes to his/her/its baby's rescue. She smashes through some British landmarks in typical Godzilla fashion, with typically poor military resistance. There are human characters thrown in, but they do little more than observe.

Why do i actually like this movie? Because I like Godzilla, and Godzilla knock-offs that don't go the way Gamera did after his second movie: Helping people all the time and being "Friend to all children!" Yes, there is a child that somewhat befriends baby Gorgo, but even the kid knows that baby Gorgo don't give a crap about him when his mommy shows up.

Its not campy, its not deathly serious, its just good old fashioned Godzilla-type city stomping. If you're a Godzilla fan , you'll enjoy it easily. If not, you'll at least sit through it and have some fun nonetheless.

And if you're a biased MST3K fan, unlike myself, you'd hate the Godfather if it was shown in front of MIke and the Bots. Even they admitted it wasn't all that bad of a movie!


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