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Tentacles (1977)

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

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Cast

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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
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Vicky Gleason
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John Corey
Alan Boyd ...
Mike
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Judy
Franco Diogene ...
Chuck
Marc Fiorini ...
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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Release Date:

15 June 1977 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Bo Hopkins is seen suiting up before the final dive scene towards the end of the film, he is wearing a different wetsuit than his stunt double underwater. The diver underwater is wearing a suit with orange stripes on the arms of the suit, but topside, Bo's suit doesn't. 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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Connections

Referenced in Aquanoids (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Octopus First Victim
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
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Not the Worst Ripoff
10 October 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A mutated giant octopus wreaks havoc on a California seaside community.

Although the film was intended to cash in on the success of "Jaws", "Tentacles" also bears numerous resemblances to the 1955 science fiction horror film "It Came from Beneath the Sea". The "Jaws" connection is clear, with the popular seaside community during a certain patriotic festival. But there is that added factor of corporate wrongdoing.

The film's score was done by Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani, who scored the similarly Jaws-inspired films "The Great Alligator" and "Piranha II: The Spawning" around the same time. Cipriani's score is one of the most memorable parts of the film, along with Shelley Winters' hats. What is up with her sombrero? The acting is choppy, with only the big name actors even trying, making them seem out of place when compared to everyone else.


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