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  • Director

    Eugene Lourie

  • Starring

    Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey

  • Run Time

    80 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Certificate

    PG - Contains mild peril.

  • Language

    English; French

  • Format


The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

Part of the Ray Harryhausen Season


Near the Arctic Circle, an atomic bomb is detonated. This fearsome experiment disturbs the sleep of a giant dinosaur encased in ice for more than 100-million years, which begins making its way down the east coast of North America. Professor Tom Nesbitt, only witness to the beast's existence, is not believed, even when he identifies it as a rhedosaurus to paleontologist Thurgood Elson. All doubts disappear, however, when Elson is swallowed whole during an oceanic excursion to search for the creature. Soon, the rhedosaurus emerges from the sea and lays waste to Manhattan Island until Nesbitt comes up with a plan to try to stop the seemingly indestructible beast.

This screening will be preceded by Ray Harryhausen's early short film The Story of the Tortoise and the Hare.

The exhibition Ray Harryhausen | Titan of Cinema is on now at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. This is the largest and widest-ranging exhibition of Ray Harryhausen’s work ever seen, with newly restored and previously unseen material from his incredible archive.

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