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Tentacles (1977)
"Tentacoli" (original title)

 -  Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  15 June 1977 (USA)
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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. ... See full summary »

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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 ...
Jane's Mother
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Sheriff Robards
Alessandro Poggi
Roberto Poggi
Giancarlo Nacinelli
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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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sea | ocean | octopus | children | sailing | See more »

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It's Turning the Beach ... Into a Buffet! See more »


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15 June 1977 (USA)  »

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Tentacles  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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The film's distributor offered theatres a promotional poster that listed several points about octopuses, including the fact that they can reach sizes of over 38 feet from arm to arm. See more »

Goofs

When they are discussing what to do about the giant octopus, Turner incorrectly refers to the beast as a giant squid. See more »

Quotes

[Tilly Turner says that she'd like to join her two boys in a sailboat race]
Little boy: Then we'd need a tornado to move the boat!
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The Octopus First Victim
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
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Who's Been Lousing Up My House?
19 January 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

That's what the giant octopus wants to know. It seems as though an undersea tunnel that Henry Fonda's company has been drilling in the briny deep off the California coast has disturbed the deep underwater habitat of a giant octopus. Having been evicted so to speak the octopus is busy taking it out on humankind.

Written to take advantage of the recent mania over Jaws, Tentacoli is an Italian production with their Riviera serving as Pacific shoreline and it has several American actors doing roles to insure some box office. Bo Hopkins is the marine biologist who helps finally do in the beast with some beasts of his own. Smaller roles go to Shelley Winters and John Huston as brother and sister and Claude Akins as the local sheriff. Hopefully all these people had their checks clear the bank before they started working here. This film has the distinct odor of tax write off.

The special effects are cheesy to say the least in the final battle with the octopus you can't tell what is going on at all. Cecil B. DeMille's Reap the Wild Wind had a much better undersea battle with a giant squid facing off against Ray Milland and John Wayne. And his stuff is even older than this film by 35 years.

Tentacoli gets three stars because of the presence of these name players, but each one of them can barely get out the lines. Pass this one by unless stars in distress pleases you.


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