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Director:
Writers:
Wes Craven
Len Wein (comic book)
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Release Date:
19 February 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more! See more »
Plot:
After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Good comic book fun, but marred by a troubled production See more (66 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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
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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Runtime:
91 min | USA:93 min (DVD version) | Australia:89 min (DVD version)
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Certification:
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
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Trivia:
Dick Durock was forced into the role of the Swamp Thing by necessity. He'd been brought on board the project as a stuntman, but the filmmakers found that it was impossible to go from Durock to Ray Wise - who had been cast as Alec Holland, Swamp Thing's former self - and back again because the two men looked so different in Swamp Thing's makeup.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The Swamp Thing performs his veggie-magic healing trick on Cable, curing her wound where she was stabbed. Remarkably, those pesky blood stains on her shirt also vanish.See more »
Quotes:
Swamp Thing:Everything's a dream when you're alone.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Good comic book fun, but marred by a troubled production, 9 August 2011
Author: sgtking from United States

One of the great staples of childhood is the comic book. They've been a part of our culture for some time and just about every one has been adapted for the screen. Filmmakers can do amazing things with movies about Super Heroes today and effects have really come a long way. Fortunately, favorites like the 'Batman' and 'Superman' movies have held up rather well. Then there are others that were great in their time, but watching them today isn't the same. Wes Craven had big plans for his 'Swamp Thing' adaptation, but constant budget cuts and rewrites kept it from being all it could have. After all is said and done though, it's still about 90 minutes of above average popcorn movie entertainment.

Pros: Great performances. Exciting score by the super talented Harry Manfredini. Fabulous cinematography. Beautiful, lush scenery. Fast paced all the way through. Some good tongue-in-cheek humor. Some really exciting action. Obviously made with an affection for monster movies.

Cons: Plot wears thin. Pretty poor effects. The decreasing budget and rewrites show. For example, some things are not as fleshed out as they should have been like the romance subplot. Corny at times, especially in the final act.

Final thoughts: According to Adrienne Barbeau, the original script was more an epic along the lines of 'Star Wars.' After watching the finished product it's a shame it didn't turn out the way Craven planned. Unfortunately sometimes things don't come together like they should and the film suffers for it. However, in this case the end result is actually not bad at all. It wants to entertain and it does that.

My rating: 3.5/5

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