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Leviathan (1989)

Peter Weller , Richard Crenna , George P. Cosmatos  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson
  • Directors: George P. Cosmatos
  • Writers: David Webb Peoples, Jeb Stuart
  • Producers: Aurelio De Laurentiis, Charles Gordon, Lawrence Gordon, Luigi De Laurentiis
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 1998
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792839684
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Leviathan" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 8-page booklet featuring trivia, production notes and a revealing look at the making of the movie

Editorial Reviews

Plunge into this go-for-the-jugular sci-fi thriller starring Peter Weller (Robocop) and Richard Crenna (Rambo). Featuring nonstop action, nerve-shattering suspense and awesome creaturesfrom the OscarÂ(r)-winning* special effects wizard (Stan Winston) who brought dinosaurs to life in Jurassic Park and The Lost World, this terrifying underwater adventure will scare you senseless! On the dark and forbidding ocean floor, the crew of a deep-sea mining rig discovers a sunken freighter that harbors a deadly secret: a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. With a storm raging on the surface and no hope of rescue, the captain (Weller) and his team are propelled into a spine-tingling battle for survival against the ultimate foea hideous monster thatcannot die...and lives to kill! *1986: Visual Effects, Aliens; 1991: Visual Effects and Makeup, Terminator 2: Judgment Day; 1993: Visual Effects: Jurassic Park

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Coming in the late 1980s with all the momentum sprung from the "Alien" original and first repeat, "Leviathan" sought to take the alien model underwater, where a group of trash collectors fights on-board monsters with saws and flamethrowers.

The producers of this film knew a good model when they found it and obviously allowed the audience to laugh at their copycat ways by creating aliens that alternately look like tongues with teeth and moving intestines. There's also a paean to the real "Alien" near the end that Peter Weller does away with by squishing it's head in an elevator shaft.

And, in the final scene, you won't believe how hokey and stupid this kind of movie could be just a few years before the advent on high tech and high gloss computerization became de riguer in this type of thing. It's worth it to sit through the whole thing just to see that unbelievably dumb final scene.

Weller "starred" in this vehicle two years after his biggest hit, 1987's "RoboCop". This didn't do much for his reputation even though the cast included some great eye candy in Amanda Pays and the steely blue eyes of Meg Foster. A solid supporting cast headed by the great Richard Crenna, Ernie Hudson and Hector Elizondo offer a high level of acting credibility.

Still, they can't make sense of this mishmash which, oddly and fantastically, still works as horror. Leonard Maltin says to, "Skip it" on this one but I'd disagree. I think there's enough humor, whether intentional or unintentional, eye candy, schlock horror and fine acting to give you your money's worth. It didn't work as a big release in the theater but it's pretty good entertainment on a Tuesday night on your home system.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of the latex leg.... May 27, 2006
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Plot synapsis: Underwater mining rig, day 87 of a 90 day tour, goof-off sexist jerk wanders off and finds a sunken Russian freighter.

The cast consists of Peter Weller as the geologist boss, Richard Crenna as the semi-doctor and crewed by Ernie Hudson (who gets some of the best lines and steals his scenes), Amanda Pays (and her annoyingly fake accent) Daniel Stern, Michael Carmine, an adorable Lisa Eilbacher, Meg Foster (what IS it about her eyes? And why was she trying so hard to do a crappy acting job?), and the wonderful Hector Elizondo.

After ALIEN did the haunted house in space so successfully there were a lot of immitators. Then we had a few underwater adventures which did fairly well in a vauge sort of way. Think of this as a cheap way of combining both. Except for Pays and Foster, we have a group of really fine actors working in an underwater mining facility.

Personal note: Seriously, if this had been real and I was Pays' charactor I would have severly hurt the Stern character. His behavior was borish to the point of distracting from the movie and something no decent boss would have allowed.

Anyway, the movie cover said the magic words: GENETIC MUTATION! I was hooked, as always. Pays and Stern are outside doing their job when Stern wanders off (why?) and falls off a cliff. Movie goers probably cheered at that point. Pays goes after him, wandering through fakey looking sea worms and finds the Russian freighter. I liked the scary fish that pops up in Pays' face. Stern shows up with a huge safe, carrying it like it weighs 20 pounds instead of several hundred and they head back.

The safe contains a lot of 'personal effects' from deceased crewmembers which should have triggered a lot more concern than it did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien underwater! January 23, 2001
Leviathan isn't nearly as good as the movie it so obviously tries to be. Though it offers better creature effects and set-designs than ALIEN, as well as a larger cast, and an equally good score, that doesn't justify its total lack of imagination. If you're a fan of the horror genere, you'll likely enjoy this movie. Be warned however. This movie is basically Alien set underwater. So if you're looking for something fresh, look elsewhere, because you'll probably see where this movie is headed less than fifteen minutes into it. Though Leviathan lacks in the plot department, it still exceeds the quality of most monster movies released in the theaters, which is why I recommend it. But to enjoy this movie fully, you should really watch it on DVD. Leviathan was shot in a 2.35:1 widescreen format. And when a movie is shot with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, it means you'll only be seeing roughly half the image when you're watching it on t.v. or VHS, which are best to be avoided if you want to see this movie the way it was meant to be seen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 80's Alien rip off that isn't too bad March 6, 2005
Since the first two Alien films, there have been countless big budget and low budget thrillers that take the formula of the previously mentioned films and make it so contrived that there is hardly a shred of originality left in the idea. Leviathan is close to being an example of this, and while it's hardly original in it's plot, the cast, effects, and set designs help it stand above other derivative drivel like Deep Star Six and other Alien rip off's to come out of the 80's. Peter Weller, Ernie Hudson, the late Richard Crenna, and Daniel Stern are among the crew members of a salvage crew who find a submerged Russian ship. After Stern's character treats himself to some vodka found on board, he is transmutated into a slimy and hungry creature that is soon picking the crew off one by one. Not original in the least, but it has enough going for it to keep it from going overboard into complete absurdity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch on a Friday night.
For me just having reputable stars Peter Weller, Ernie Hudson, and the late Richard Crenna give this movie more credibility in my opinion, compared to say DeepStar Six or one of... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rico
3.0 out of 5 stars Leviathan
Leviathan was a bit of a disappointment for the critics compared to some of the high voltage super SciFi hits in the genre during the late 1970s and the mid 1980s. Read more
Published 16 days ago by C. A. Luster
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad. Worth watch.
Published 18 days ago by Craig B. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Joe Guzman
4.0 out of 5 stars leviathan
another underwater monster movie. with 'Robocop's' Peter Weller. good special affects and cast. a must see if you go scuba diving
Published 2 months ago by colin williams
4.0 out of 5 stars perfectly lovely leviathan
i just watched leviathan, a high production value b movie from the late eighties. i hadn't seen it since my good buddy and i saw it theatrically upon its release, and it holds up... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bugman
4.0 out of 5 stars Leviathan (1989)
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Underwater deep-sea miners encounter a Soviet wreck and bring back a dangerous cargo to their base on the ocean floor with horrifying results. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Duane
5.0 out of 5 stars great love it peter weller is a great actor in it. I love the part where he slugs his boss
Published 6 months ago by jongm046
5.0 out of 5 stars A++++
What a fantastic movie. It makes the Quake fan proud. The ship walls were really neat. Nice acting I think.
Published 8 months ago by Vytautas Baronas Leita
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Satisfied.
Movie is really good. I remember seeing it in the mid 80's and it is just as good now as it was back then. Good plot, lots of action.
Published 9 months ago by Terry J
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