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Swamp Thing -- A research scientist accidentally turns himself into a walking, talking hunk of slime, which is part plant, part swamp and part human. The human side still has feelings for his lady love and protects her from his arch-nemesis, and fellow scientist.
Swamp Thing -- Clip: Airboat Explosion


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Wes Craven
Len Wein (comic book)
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Release Date:
19 February 1982 (USA) See more »
Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more! See more »
After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Louis Jourdan ... Arcane

Adrienne Barbeau ... Alice Cable

Ray Wise ... Dr. Alec Holland

David Hess ... Ferret

Nicholas Worth ... Bruno

Don Knight ... Ritter
Al Ruban ... Charlie

Dick Durock ... Swamp Thing
Ben Bates ... Arcane Monster
Nannette Brown ... Dr. Linda Holland

Reggie Batts ... Jude
Mimi Craven ... Arcane's Secretary (as Mimi Meyer)
Karen Price ... Arcane's Messenger
Bill Erickson ... Young Agent
Dov Gottesfeld ... Commando
Tommy Madden ... Little Bruno
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Jennings ... Motor Boat Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
Wes Craven 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wes Craven 
Len Wein  comic book
Bernie Wrightson  comic book

Produced by
Benjamin Melniker .... producer
Michael Uslan .... producer (as Michael E. Uslan)
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
Cinematography by
Robbie Greenberg (director of photography) (as Robin Goodwin)
Film Editing by
Richard Bracken 
Casting by
Barbara Hanley 
Cathy Henderson 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
David Nichols 
Costume Design by
Patricia Bolomet 
Bennett Choate 
Makeup Department
Wren Boney .... assistant makeup artist
Ken Horn .... special makeup effects artist: Charleston
Tonga Knight .... makeup artist
Steve LaPorte .... special makeup effects artist
Tony Marrero .... hair stylist
Esther Mercado .... special makeup effects artist: Charleston
David B. Miller .... special makeup effects artist
William Munns .... special makeup effects designer
Deborah Shankle .... special makeup effects artist: Charleston
Production Management
Yoram Ben-Ami .... unit production manager
Paula Benson-Himes .... post-production supervisor (as Paula Himes)
Robert Bordiga .... unit production manager
Al Ruban .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yoram Ben-Ami .... assistant director
Anthony Cecere .... second assistant director
Todd Corman .... first assistant director
Art Department
Brit Babcock .... arts department: dresser
Carl Copeland .... construction coordinator
Tommy Estridge .... property master (as Tom Estridge)
Robb Wilson King .... set designer
Rhoda E. Neal .... assistant art director (as Rhoda Neal)
Sound Department
Robert Deschaine .... sound re-recording mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
David Dockendorf .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Dockendorf)
John L. Mack .... sound re-recording mixer (as John Mack)
Ray Quintana .... commentary re-recordist
Special Effects by
Arthur Brewer .... special effects (as Art Brewer)
Geoffrey Rayle .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Pamela Bebermeyer .... stunts (as Pam Bebermeyer)
Anthony Cecere .... fire gap stuntman
Ted Duncan .... stunt coordinator
Bill Erickson .... stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... airboat stunt coordinator
Mags Kavanaugh .... stunts (uncredited)
Garry Westcott .... stunt double: Louie Jordan (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Russell Jeffcoat .... still photographer
Mark M. Pompian .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Michael Wyka .... casting: Charleston
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bennett Choate .... Ms. Barbeau's evening gown
Paul A. Simmons Jr. .... costume designer: Charleston (as Paul A. Simmons)
Editorial Department
Rick Mitchell .... assistant editor
Other crew
Jack Briggs .... location manager
Marlena De Fabrizio .... production assistant
Chandler Evans .... production assistant
Aviva Gellman .... production auditor
Randolph Hille .... manager: Crafts Services
Michael Klastorin .... unit publicist
Michael McCulley .... production assistant
Jeffrey Mendel .... production aide
William Munns .... prosthetics constructor
Kimberly Myers .... production office coordinator
Steve Rhea .... assistant location manager
Mary Salter .... set coordinator
Mary Salter .... set producer
Charlene Webb .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
91 min | USA:93 min (DVD version) | Australia:89 min (DVD version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (original rating) | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (VHS rating) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (DVD rating) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:PG (self applied cut TV rating) | USA:PG

Did You Know?

The movie is "a spoof on the mad scientist movies of the 1950s" according to Michael Betzold at website 'Allmovie' whilst Graeme Clark at the 'Spinning Image' website states that the film "could pass as an update of one of those nineteen-fifties mad scientist science fiction movies" whilst 'The Aurum Film Encyclopaedia Science Fiction' states the movie is a "homage to fifties monster-movies and comic-book aesthetics".See more »
Continuity: When Bruno drinks the formula and shrinks, his clothes shrink right along with him.See more »
Doctor Alec Holland:No, Ritter. Not you.
Harry Ritter:No, Dr. Holland, not Ritter.
[voice changes]
Harry Ritter:Ritter, poor fellow, is long dead.
[removes his mask, showing that was Arcane all along]
Dr. Anton Arcane:You've heard of but never seen me, so I'll introduce myself. My name is Arcane.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Night Court: Fire (#6.3)" (1988)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious, 3 April 2010
Author: Tom Erik Høiås from Norway

Hilarious campy cheesefest "Swamp Thing" is an interesting look on Wes Craven's work as a director. people call him a hit and miss director, but i think he just says once in a while "damn it, lets just have fun on this movie". or maybe when studio execs are breathing down his neck he just makes things the opposite of what he wants. a good example would be "Cursed", he hated the studio interference according to the man himself. and he made an in-joke gester about it in the film. the werewolf giving the finger. Hilarious. in my opinion Craven is a great director. sometimes he'll make deadly serious horrors and sometimes he makes them funny. And trust me Swamp Thing is funny!

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