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Tentacles (1977)
"Tentacoli" (original title)

PG  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  15 June 1977 (USA)
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A mutated giant octopus wreaks havoc on a California seaside community.

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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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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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sea | ocean | octopus | children | sailing | See All (40) »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

In the second scuba scene (the one with the two divers in the diving bell), one of the diver's gear is different when in the diving bell as compared to when he's seen underwater. His wetsuit is different (look at the orange trim on the shoulders carefully). Also in the diving bell, he has just a regular single hose regulator, whereas underwater, his tank also has a double hose regulator setup attached to his tank (though he's still using a single hose regulator for breathing). See more »

Quotes

Ned Turner: Will, I've herad the suckers on a tentacles are like the claws on a tiger.
Will Gleason: Compared to suckers on a tentacle, claws are nothing Mr. Turner.
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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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