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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
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Mike
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Franco Diogene ...
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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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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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$750,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The octopus that is "killed" by the Orca's in the finale was a real octopus. However, it was bought from a local market and was already dead. 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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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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