Loch Ness

5.51 h 40 min1996PG
Dr. Dempsey, a discredited, financially strapped and harassed research scientist, is bundled off to Loch Ness to disprove Nessie's existence. Although he fails in his task, the Dr. finds something even yet more unlikely during his adventure - the unconditional love of a little girl and her innkeeper mother.
John Henderson
Ted DansonJoely RichardsonIan Holm
English [CC]
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Harris YulinJames FrainKeith AllenKirsty GrahamNick Brimble
Nicky Kentish BarnesDebra HaywardEric FellnerTim BevanJudith HuntStephen Ujlaki
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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JeffReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Unwholesome Message for Children
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Ted Danson, a divorced man, readily hops in the sack with the female lead. The entire basis of the relationship is animal magnetism. The 9 year old girl is aware of all this and things it AOK. If you think this is a good message for children, then this movie is for you and for your family.
18 people found this helpful
Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Not on my current list, but leaving Prime in a couple of weeks, I decided to watch it now. Glad I did.

The film was fast moving and there was never a lull. The little girl was a sweetheart. Possibly a local, as it was her only film. She did it perfectly.

Setting off to NOT find Nessie, of course Ted Danson DOES, now what? It is a film about faith and belief. What is better: To see and believe or to believe and not see? Everyone learns a lesson.

A silly love story is thrown in but, basically, is forgettable as we get back to the movie. Finding Nessie.

And you do have to laugh at Ted's still perfect Cheers hair, only to realize, when you see him from behind, that he has quite a large bald spot. On the other hand, he doesn't seem to care that you see it.

I never saw any drugs (alcohol in Scotland is given although no one is really drunk), and there is a fight but shot well with no bloody gore. No nudity. A ship is sunk but everyone is fine. I don't know why they have the listing of these things on the Prime page, but they are not there. Settle in and watch...definitely a popcorn movie or a cold or rainy night.
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JudithKayReviewed in the United States on July 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Ted Danson is not one of my favorite actors, but this movie is awesome!! The little girl, is wonderful in this movie and the story line is magical..funny in places, heartwarming!!
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MarieReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Grumpy angry people who can't restrain themselves from sleeping with stangers
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We are supposed to be all reverent about the dinosaur. All this mystical, second-sight blah blah blah. The scenery was nice, the music was pretty good. The non-boyfriend charging in punching; the scientific equipment destroyed; the little kid who is so precocious she is wiser than the adults; the stupid rude adults who act like two-year olds-- yawn.
11 people found this helpful
StarPassReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
"You have to believe it before you can see it."
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Wonderful feel-good film without being smarmy, sappy or drippy, a timeless story of something lost and something found, self-sacrifice and redemption with a beautiful outdoor setting and good musical score. A little film with good production values that will stay with you. One viewing isn't enough. A thoroughly enjoyable film that displays the best Christian values but sneaks them up on you without being in any way religious, preachy or churchy. As the clairvoyant child in the film says, "You have to believe in it before you can see it." Scots accents are sometimes hard on American ears. Delightful ending.
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Jody NollerReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Lovely Movie for both Young and Old
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First off- this is a movie- so to the people who dissed it and critisized it..chill out! This is a great movie for kids- it will keep them captivated! It's both a mystery and a love story in one. Ted Danson (Dr. John Dempsey) is a divorced, nearly bankrupt/unemployed teacher. His University boss gives him one last shot at redemption- Loch Ness! Angry at the possible ridicule he may face if he finds nothing (He searched British Columbia for a no show Sasquach) he boards a plane bound for Scotland. His job is to prove there is actually no Nessie. What he finds at the Loch restores his faith in Love, and himself. Co-Stars the beautiful Joely Richardson and the wonderful Ian Holm. The little red haired girl (Kirsty Graham) is a doll too! The gorgeous Scottish Highlands are often shown, and the music is lush and moving. A Great Movie

** I wish the movie were available in the US in Widescreen. It stinks being in 1:33 and the odd thing is the Movie was filmed in anamorphic widscreen and is available in Europe this way but not the US URH!! I use an HDTV and want the Anamorphic version but my blu ray cant play version 2 (Europe)
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J. LarsenReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
A captivating film about Loch Ness that will make you Believe
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I first saw the movie "Loch Ness" when it was on TV and I have to say that it looks so much better on DVD especially without the commercial interruptions in between scenes and the picture is much clearer than when I first saw it on TV in 1996. The film stars Ted Danson as a down on his luck cryptozoologist who despite several failed attempts to find other mysterious legends in the world and in the mist of a bad marriage with a lawsuit thrown in, he is finally given the one in a million chance to redeem himself professionally by going to Loch Ness at the request of his employer to prove that the legendary monster that haunts the Loch is a ridiculous hoax. After arriving there he discovers that there's more to his plum assignment that first meets the eye, literally. Throughout his quest to find the mysterious monster that the world has come to know as "Nessie" Danson's character John Dempsey comes across wacky and sometimes completely irate locals who appose his study of the lake and his bad bedside manner. However, along the way there is no shortage of adventure for Dr. Dempsey in the form of unexpected clashes with other boats on the loch and the rather violent sinking of his research vessel by a territorial Nessie who miraculously saves him from a near drowning in one harrowing scene in the movie. But there are a few friendly and charming characters in the film to help keep Dempsey from going off the deep end in his pursuit for answers. One of the most memorable was the little girl Isabell and her mother played by Joey Richardson who help open John's eyes and his heart in very unique ways to the mysteries of their home and the haunting lake that serves as the family's backyard. In 1998 my dad and I took a trip to Scotland to tour Loch Ness and what I found interesting when I went there was that only fifteen minutes of the film was actually shot on location at Loch Ness. The rest of the film was shot at another loch nearby called Loch Torridan. The filmmakers thought that Loch Torridan looked more like Loch Ness than Loch Ness does itself. I'm not going to comment on their decision to do so, even though after seeing the real Loch Ness and comparing the scenery in the film, it's easy to see that they were shooting in different locations for the film but that's beside the point. In conclusion, Loch Ness is definitely worth a look you won't be disappointed. The story is good, the scenery in the film is beautiful, the acting behind each of the characters was excellent and the animatronic dinosaurs for the film were the most believable Lake monsters that I've ever seen portrayed in a movie of this genre. If you're lucky the film might just inspire you to go see the real Loch Ness and if you're hoping to snap a photo of Nessie just remember what the little girl says in the film, "You have to believe in it before you can see it." After seeing this film with an open mind I assure you that you won't have any trouble believing what's there for yourself.
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Richard J. HughesReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
The worst acting ever
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This movie was awful. The acting was outrageously bad, the storyline was trite, and all the dialogue was poorly lip-synched. I thought maybe the scenery would make it, but even this was repetitive.
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