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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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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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Franco Diogene ...
Chuck
Marc Fiorini ...
Don
Helena Mäkelä ...
Jamie's Mother (as Helena Makela)
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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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15 June 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tentacles  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1977
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Houseman was announced to star in this film but dropped out before filming. 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 »

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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Connections

Referenced in Charade (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

The Octopus First Victim
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
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Hysterical-
14 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Well, hysterically bad! Everyone else's comments already hit the nail on the head, so I don't know what is making me laugh harder- this movie or the comments!

I hope everyone involved in making the movie at least had a good time in Italy and Southern California. Hopefully they were laughing, too. Huston was way too much of a genius not to have seen this as what it is- dreadful. Perhaps he thought it was a farce of some kind? I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the after filming drinks Huston, Winters, and Fonda must have shared.

The effects are bad, the dubbing atrocious, I couldn't tell if the weird sounds were music or sound effects, some scenes were lifted almost exactly from Jaws...

I could go on, but I think you've got the idea. If it is rainy outside, and you're bored and ready for a laugh, go ahead and watch.

But don't say you haven't been warned.


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