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Gammera the Invincible (1966)

Unrated | | Family, Sci-Fi | 15 December 1966 (USA)
An atomic explosion awakens Gammera--a giant, fire-breathing turtle monster--from his millions of years of hibernation. Enraged at being roused from such a sound sleep, he takes it out on Tokyo.

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Richard Kraft, Niisan Takahashi (screenplay) (as Nizo Takahashi)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Dekker ... Secretary of Defense
Brian Donlevy ... Gen. Terry Arnold
Diane Findlay Diane Findlay ... Sgt. Susan Embers
John Baragrey ... J.T. Standish
Dick O'Neill ... Gen. O'Neill
Eiji Funakoshi ... Dr. Hidaka (archive footage)
Michiko Sugata Michiko Sugata ... Nobuyo (archive footage)
Harumi Kiritachi Harumi Kiritachi ... Kyoke (archive footage)
Mort Marshall ... Jules Manning
Bob Carraway Bob Carraway ... Lt. Simpson
Alan Oppenheimer ... Dr. Contrare
John McCurry John McCurry ... A1C Hopkins
Steffen Zacharias Steffen Zacharias ... Sen. Billings (as Stephen Zacharias)
Walter Arnold Walter Arnold ... American Ambassador
Thomas Stubblefield Thomas Stubblefield ... Capt. Lovell
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An atomic explosion awakens Gammera--a giant, fire-breathing turtle monster--from his millions of years of hibernation. Enraged at being roused from such a sound sleep, he takes it out on Tokyo.

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The biggest... most frightening science-fiction action-show of the century! [double bill with "Knives of the Avenger"] See more »

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Family | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gammera See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Americanized version of an average monster.
1 June 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is the American version of the very first Gamera movie, where an atomic explosion awakens the fire-breathing turtle monster from his hibernation and causing him to go on a destructive spree on Tokyo. U.S. footage with American actors were inserted and I couldn't tell if they contributed to the plot or not since I at the time of this review haven't seen the original. However, I do recall that most of those scenes involving endless meetings of the authorities in how to deal with the monster was boring because it distracts from the monster action.

The special effects were decent as you can see a good dose of Gamera stomping on buildings and setting them on fire. And, you have a simple plot of the humans trying to think of a plan to stop this horror. Other than that, I thought this was pretty much a below average monster movie, one that precedes just over a half-dozen very childish and kid- oriented Gamera movies with recycled alien-invasion plots. Somehow, this first Gamera movie doesn't have that charm, riveting monster horror and intrigue that most other Japanese monster films, especially those made by rival movie studio Toho, have. From what I can see for just the American version of the film, it is a very typical and basic monster-on-the-loose flick.

If you want to see more exciting and sophisticated Gamera movies, check those from the 1990s era.

Grade D+


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