The Giant Behemoth (1959)

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The Giant Behemoth
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The American poster for The Giant Behemoth
Directed by Eugène Lourié, Douglas Hickox
Producer(s) Ted Lloyd
Written by Eugène Lourié, Daniel Hyatt
Music by Edwin Astley
Distributor Allied Artists Pictures
Rating X (theatrical, initial)UK,
A (theatrical)UK,
PG (video)UK
Running time 71 minutesUK
(1 hour, 11 minutes)
80 minutesUS
1 hour, 20 minutes

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The Giant Behemoth is a 1959 science fiction monster film produced by the Artistes Alliance. It was released to American theaters on March 3, 1959 and to British theaters in October of the same year.


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

  • Directed by   Eugène Lourié, Douglas Hickox
  • 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 Petterson


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



  • Paleosaurus


Main article: The Giant Behemoth/Gallery.

Alternate Titles

  • Behemoth the Sea Monster (original English title; Behemoth, o Monstro Marinho, Portuguese title)
    • Behemoth - Sea Monster (Бегемот - Морской Монстр, Russian title)
  • Giant Sea Monster Behemoth (大海獣ビヒモス, Japanese video title)
  • The Undersea Monster (O Monstro Submarino, Brazilian title; El Monstruo Submarino, Spanish title)
  • The Monster of the Sea (Το Τέρας Της Θαλάσσης, Greek title)
  • The Dragon from the Abyss (Il Drago Degli Abissi, Italian title)
  • The Loch Ness Monster (Das Ungeheuer von Loch Ness, German title)

Theatrical Releases

  • United States - March 3, 1959
  • United Kingdom - October 1959
  • Germany - March 3, 1961

Video Releases

Warner Brothers DVD (2007)

  • Region: 1
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett
  • Notes: May also be packaged with Queen of Outer Space and Attack of the 50-Foot Woman

Run Corporation DVD (2009)

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

Simply Home Entertainment DVD (2010)

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

Warner Brothers DVD (2011) / Blu-ray (2019)

  • Region: 0
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Special Features: Audio commentary by Dennis Muren and Phil Tippett, theatrical trailer

L'atelier 13 DVD (2015)

  • Region: 0
  • Discs: 1
  • Audio: English
  • Subtitles: German, French
  • Notes: Comes packaged with Attack of the Crab Monsters



The Giant Behemoth trailer

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Triceradon the 8th

17 days ago
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you do realise we are gonna have 2 change its name because 2019 behemoth okay

Astounding Beyond Belief

16 days ago
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The monster is called "Paleosaurus" in the movie, but, uh, things with the same name can exist.


16 days ago
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@Astounding Beyond Belief: You mean like how there's the titanosaurs and the kaiju Titanosaurus? And this?: https://en.w...Palaeosaurus


one month ago
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Behemoth before kotm be like:


4 months ago
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Behemoth (G:KOTM) vs. The Behemoth


one month ago
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Most likely KoTM Behemoth.