Gammera The Invincible

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One of the most fearsome of the Japanese monsters to hit the screen in the early 60's makes his debut in sci-fi thriller. As tensions between America and the Soviet Union rise to a fever pitch, U.S. troops shoot down a Russian bomber which is flying low in an Arctoc region. The bomber crashes, and its payload of hydrogen bombs explode upon impact. The blast releases and awakens Gamera, a gigantic fire-breathing turtle which had been frozen under the ice since prehistoric times. The newly revived monster makes his way to Tokyo, Japan, where he begins to lay waste to the city. As emminent scientist Dr. Hidaka (Eiji Funakoshi) searches for a way to defeat the monster, a young boy named Yoshiro (Yoshiro Unchida) develops an unlikely friendship with Gamera. For the film's American release, additional scenes were added featuring U.S. actors Brian Donlevy and Albert Dekker. The spelling of the monster's name was also changed; he's Gammera with two M's in this movie, but just Gamera in the sequels which followed.


Brian Donlevy
as Gen. Terry Arnold
Albert Dekker
as Secretary of Defense
Diane Findlay
as Sgt. Susan Embers
John Baragrey
as Capt. Lovell
Dick O'Neill
as Gen. O'Neill
Eiji Funakoshi
as Dr. Hidaka
Jun Hamamura
as Dr. Murase
Mort Marshall
as Jules Manning
Alan Oppenheimer
as Dr. Contrare
Steffen Zacharias
as Senator Billings
Bob Carraway
as Lt. Simpson
Gene Bua
as Lt. Clark
John McCurry
as Airman First Class Hopkins
Arnold Walter
as American Ambassador
Louis Zorich
as Russian Ambassador
Robin Craven
as English Ambassador
George Hirose
as Japanese Ambassador
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  • May 03, 2013
    Gammera, one of the most famous Japanese monsters to hit the big screen in the 1960s makes his debut in this zero-budget, politically charged monster thriller. It is interesting to consider the tensions that were taking place between certain nations at the time that the movie was made, especially between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union. There is no effort made to disguise the animosity that existed between the two, more than likely since that bitterness was needed as a catalyst to bring Gammera back from 200 million years of hibernation. The U.S. shoots down a suspicious bomber, which turned out to be Russian, over the arctic region. As is to be expected from those sneaky Russians, the bomber was loaded with hydrogen bombs which, upon impact, explode with sufficient force to not only thaw but also infuriate the sleeping Gammera. Lots of havoc is wreaked upon poorly constructed models of cities and airplanes and landscapes and such, and there is some strange subplot about a little boy obsessed with turtles who wants to expose Gammera for the gentle creature that he really is. Inspiration for the Iron Giant, maybe? The special effects are astonishingly bad, but there was no budget and in the movie's defense, I have to say that the people involved in making it knew that they had no budget but they took very seriously their task of doing as much as they could with as little as they had. 3 stars 8-21-08
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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