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Tentacles (1977)

Tentacoli (original title)
A mutated giant octopus wreaks havoc on a California seaside community.

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(as Oliver Hellman)
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Ned Turner
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Tillie Turner
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Will Gleason
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Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
Delia Boccardo ...
Vicky Gleason
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John Corey
Alan Boyd ...
Mike
Sherry Buchanan ...
Judy
Franco Diogene ...
Chuck
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Don
Helena Mäkelä ...
Jamie's Mother (as Helena Makela)
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Sheriff Robards
Alessandro Poggi
Roberto Poggi
Giancarlo Nacinelli
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Storyline

Several people disappear from and at the sea. Their bodies are found gnawed to the skeleton, even the marrow is missing. The scientists have no idea which animal could do such things. Dr. Turner begins to suspect that the company which builds a tunnel beneath the bay might have poisoned the environment and caused an octopus to mutate to giant dimensions. Just at the same time a great sailing regatta with many children is started - among them Turner's nephew Tommy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Each year 10,000 tourists visit Ocean Beach. This summer Ocean Beach has attracted SOMETHING ELSE! See more »


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15 June 1977 (USA)  »

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Tentacles  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The production spent nearly $1 million on a life-sized replica of a giant octopus which promptly sank when they put it in the water. See more »

Goofs

Although the title of the film is "Tentacoli" ("Tentacles"), and it is about a murderous giant octopus, octopuses do not have tentacles, they have arms. Scientifically, the definition of "tentacle" is commonly accepted as an elongated structure with suckers at the very tip. A squid normally has two tentacles, along with many arms, but octopuses do not have tentacles. See more »

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Will Gleason: [to two killer whales held at sea in a portable tank] I guess you know now why I brought you here... I wanted to tell ya more about it, but there've been many people that died... I've lost a loved one. I need your help more now than ever. I remember the times when I was training ya - people used to call you killers. They used ta call me that on the streets. It doesn't mean nothing. You have more, more love in your heart, more affection than any human being I ever met. But now I... I can't ask ...
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References Bambi (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

The Octopus First Victim
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
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I waited fifteen years to see this movie...
23 April 2000 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I first saw the television ad for this film when I was five years old (1977) and just knew that I HAD to see this. Obviously, at five, no one was going to take me to this in the wake of the JAWS phenomenon and, seeing as I could never find it on video, I had to wait fifteen (FIFTEEN !) years for it to come on television.

Finally, at twenty years old, the big night came around and my life-quest was coming to an end. Got three seperate friends to each video this in case I missed it and the other two video's failed.

All I can say is that when the end credits rolled, I was a broken man. Absolute garbage. The octopus was one rubber tentacle for most of the attack scenes, until the climax revealed it as a live octopus filmed in an aquarium. I'm not gonna reveal how it gets killed but I swear to God I think they really snuffed that live octopus. How the hell they got John Huston in this is a mystery he's taken to his grave.

The only plus ? An unintentionally hilarious morale-boosting speech Bo Hopkins gives to a pair of killer whales. I'm sure it looked great on paper but...


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