The Giant Behemoth (1959)

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Eugène Lourié's dinosaur trilogy
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
The Giant Behemoth
The Giant Behemoth
See alternate titles
The American poster for The Giant Behemoth
Directed by Eugène Lourié, Douglas Hickox[note 1]
Producer Ted Lloyd
Written by Eugène Lourié, Daniel Hyatt
Music by Edwin Astley
Distributor Allied Artists ProductionsU.S., Eros FilmsUK
Rating X (theatrical, initial)UK,
A (theatrical)UK,
PG (home video)UK
Running time 71 minutesUK
(1 hour, 11 minutes)
80 minutesUS
(1 hour, 20 minutes)
Aspect ratio Various
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For the titular monster, see the Paleosaurus.

— American tagline

The Giant Behemoth is a 1959 science fiction giant monster film produced by David Diamond Productions for distribution by Allied Artists in the United States and Eros Films in the United Kingdom. Allied Artists released it to American theaters in March 1959, with Eros releasing a shorter version in the United Kingdom in November of the same year retitled Behemoth the Sea Monster.


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Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Eugène Lourié, Douglas Hickox (uncredited)
  • Written by   Eugène Lourié, Daniel Hyatt
  • Produced by   Ted Lloyd
  • Music by   Edwin Astley
  • Cinematography by   Ken Hodges
  • Edited by   Lee Doig
  • Production design by   Harry White
  • Assistant directing by   Kim Mills
  • Special effects by   Jack Rabin, Irving Block, Louis de Witt, Willis O'Brien, Pete Peterson


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Gene Evans   as   Steve Karnes
  • André Morell   as   Professor James Bickford
  • John Turner   as   John
  • Leigh Madison   as   Jean Trevethan
  • Jack MacGowran   as   Dr. Sampson
  • Maurice Kaufmann   as   Mini submarine officer
  • Henri Vidon   as   Thomas Trevethan
  • Leonard Sachs   as   Scientist




Main article: The Giant Behemoth/Gallery.

Alternate titles

UK Behemoth the Sea Monster title card
  • Behemoth the Sea Monster (United Kingdom; Behemoth, o Monstro Marinho, Portugal)
    • Behemoth - Sea Monster (Бегемот - Морской Монстр, Russia)
  • Sea Monster Behemoth (海獣ビヒモス, Japan)
  • Giant Sea Monster Behemoth (大海獣ビヒモス, Japanese home video title)
  • The Undersea Monster (O Monstro Submarino, Brazil; El Monstruo Submarino, Spain)
  • The Monster of the Sea (Το Τέρας Της Θαλάσσης, Greece)
  • The Dragon from the Abyss (Il Drago Degli Abissi, Italy)
  • The Loch Ness Monster (Das Ungeheuer von Loch Ness, West Germany)

Theatrical releases

Video releases

Warner Brothers DVD (2007) [Cult Camp Classics No. 1]

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 3
  • Audio: English (2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett
  • Notes: 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Packaged with Queen of Outer Space and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Reissued in 2011 by the Warner Archive Collection as a single disc.

Run Corporation DVD (2009)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: Japanese

Simply Home Entertainment DVD (2010)

  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English

L'atelier 13 DVD (2015)

Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray (2019)

  • Region: N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special features: Audio commentary by Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, theatrical trailer (2:05)
  • Notes: 1.78:1 aspect ratio.



The Giant Behemoth trailer
The Giant Behemoth trailer (no narration)


The Giant Behemoth Part 1
The Giant Behemoth Part 2


Comparison of differing
dialogue in the U.S. and UK releases
Main titles from the U.S. and UK releases

See also



  1. British union rules required that Hickox and Lourié co-direct.[1]


This is a list of references for The Giant Behemoth. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Berry, Mark F (2002). The Dinosaur Filmography. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-7864-2453-5.


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