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It Came From Beneath the Sea

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The action is wet and wild in this sci-fi thriller that pits man - and woman - against a giant octopus. Submarine commander Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) and scientists Lesley Joyce (Faith Domergue) and John Carter (Donald Curtis) battle an angry sea monster driven from the depths of the ocean by anH-bomb explosion. In search of non-contaminated food, this tentacled tyrant counts among its victims a fishing trawler and its passengers, a family sunning at the beach, several San Francisco skyscrapers and even the Golden Gate Bridge! A daring attempt by the scientists to destroy the monster while saving themselves is a gripping finale to this aquatic adventure. The riveting special effects were created by Ray Harryhausen.

Two years after unleashing The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms upon New York City, master special-effects creator Ray Harryhausen turned loose a giant (albeit six-armed) octopus on San Francisco, and the result is another enjoyable atom-age adventure that should please fans of vintage science fiction. Kenneth Tobey, who battled The Thing (From Another World) in 1951, stars as a Navy captain who pursues a monstrous octopoid (sextapoid?) after it attacks his atomic sub. After it wreaks havoc with shipping lanes, he tracks the creature to San Francisco for a final showdown. Scripting by George Worthing Yates (Them!) and Hal Smith and direction by Robert Gordon are perfunctory at best, which gives the always-reliable Tobey and co-star Faith Domergue little to do, but this is Harryhausen's show, and his monster, though budgetarily restrained, is still impressive. Younger audiences weaned on digital FX may find this creaky, but nostalgic viewers will enjoy its simple thrills. --Paul Gaita

Product Details

  • Actors: Faith Domergue, Ian Keith, Donald Curtis, Kenneth Tobey
  • Directors: Robert Gordon
  • Producers: Charles H. Schneer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures/Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OM1X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "It Came From Beneath the Sea" on IMDb

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Legendary producer Charles H. Schneer, the man behind such films as Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Clash of the Titans (1981), and technical effects master Ray Harryhausen (back in the day they were called technical effects, not special effects), the man behind the eye popping effects of all the movies listed above, comes It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955), a rousing tale of scary sea beast from the greatest depths of the ocean floor rising to satisfy its' insatiable hunger on us tasty humans. The film stars Tobey Keith, who many may remember from the quintessential sci-fi thriller The Thing From Another World (1951) and Faith Domergue from This Island Earth (1955) as Cmdr. Pete Mathews and Professor Lesley Joyce, respectively.

The movie opens on the maiden voyage, or shake down cruise, of the United States newest, most advanced, and spiffiest atomic submarine, with Cmdr. Pete Mathews in charge. Things seem to be going well, that is, until a large object is appears on the ping ping machine, sonar I think they called it, making a beeline for the sub. What is it? What could it be? If you've seen the front of the DVD case, then you probably know it's a giant octopus, so I don't feel I am giving anything away here. Why does a giant octopus attack the submarine? It's actually explained pretty well further into the movie, so I will leave it to that. After some tactical maneuvering, the submarine gets free with the crew unable to determine what actually happened. Once in port for repairs, a huge piece of organic material is found caught in the flaps or something of the submarine, and some specialists are called in to investigate.
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I had never seen the film until this past week when I picked it up at a local Borders store for $15. To tell you the truth, I had some high hopes for the films, but like most monster films of the era, the monster's time was limited and short. So I wasn't expecting too much.
The film starts out pretty slow with Ken Tobey and his sub crew trying to figure out what they got themselves caught up in (the octopus).
The human parts of the film are like any other monster film where a man falls in love with a beautiful woman and they love each other in the end. The acting is pretty decent but seems to drag on for FAR too long! Plus the monster scenes were much shorter in this one compared to other Harryhausen films which was disappointing.
Overall, the film does deliver and is an enjoyment. But the overdone human drama and very few scenes of the octopus make this movie somewhat dull. A good film, but not one of Harryhausen's best as far as entertainment value.
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This is an excellent sci-fi film. I first saw it in the late 1950s. My school was going to take us to see Old Yeller, but that film was sold out, so instead we went to see It Came From Beneath the Sea. Bobby Moore's mother was taking us. That was about 45 years ago. The film starts with a tense episode in a submarine, and introduces kids to all sorts of interesting gizmos, such as sonar, Geiger counters, and periscopes. The film gets off to a humorous start, as there is a slight disagreement among submarine personnel as to whether the music played on board should be Hawaiian music or big band. Without devoting much further time to character development, or to establishing the historical context, we are introduced to the giant octopus. It ensnares a ship and takes it down. What follows is an excellent course in psychology, where a surviving sailor is so shocked that he cannot describe the octopus, but merely points to the examining physician's stethoscope. The doctor makes some subtle pronouncements, indicating that he believes the sailor to be nuts. The other sailors, waiting their examination, agree amongst each other to pretend that they saw nothing (to avoid being diagnosed as nuts). Another scene takes place in a marine biology lab, where there is a prominent sign reading NO SMOKING, but the sub commander, in speaking with the marine biologists, proves to be a chain smoker. Kids will love observing this discrepency on their own, as the contradiction is not discussed by any of the actors. As if the film was not dramatic enough, the octopus attacks San Francisco, tears down the Golden Gate Bridge, and extends its tentacles along the Embarcadero, near the area now named after journalist Herb Caen.Read more ›
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4 Stars = Classic

Ah the 50's! You got to love that decade! We had communists dressed up as space invaders, who dressed up as us. Then the big nuclear bomb! Giant communists, dressed up as giant monsters, & I love giant communist, dressed up as giant monsters, set free from nuclear bombs!!

One of the best of the decade was, "It Came From Beneath The Sea," a story of a giant six tentacle Octopus (YES SIX!), come visiting the "Golden Gate" city of San Francisco! Yes, the beastly behemoth slides & crawls it's way all over downtown San Francisco, grabbing a few cars, trucks, buildings, & people along it's merry way of mayhem! Excellent stop motion effects by wizard Ray Harryhausen, make this monstrous mollusk's, slippery suctioned cup tentacles, glue their slimy slippery selves to your TV screen, in great fashion. One of the greatest scenes of 50's Sci-Fi is where our giant Calamari (ok, it's not Squid) lovingly wraps it's six legs around the Golden Gate bridge! Really a fantastic scene, one of a few here! The cinematography & soundtrack are top notch for it's ilk, & the acting standard, though competent 50's B movie Sci-Fi fare.

No, there is nothing groundbreaking here, but it sure breaks water, & if your a huge fan of these type of movies, as I am, then this is a true classic from a paranoid decade, that produced some of the greatest Science Fiction film ever, from outer space, above ground, or, "It Came Beneath The Sea!"

"It Came From Beneath The Sea" 1955

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