The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  22 May 1988 (USA)
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It's been two years since the Hulk has surfaced, and Dr David Bruce Banner is on the verge of curing himself of the Hulk. A device he helped create, the Gamma Transponder, will rid him of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Shaw
Mike Fouche
John Gabriel ...
Joshua Lambert
Zack Lambert
Jack LeBeau
Thor (as Eric Kramer)
Steve Levitt ...
William Riley ...
Sgt. Lindsey
Capt. Brills
Donald Willis ...
Barner (as Carl Nick Ciafalio)
Bobby McLaughlin ...
Roarke (as Bobby Travis McLaughlin)


It's been two years since the Hulk has surfaced, and Dr David Bruce Banner is on the verge of curing himself of the Hulk. A device he helped create, the Gamma Transponder, will rid him of his own Gamma radiation, among other uses. Enter Don Blake, a former colleague of Banner's, who is now in possession of a mystic hammer which can summon Thor, an ancient Viking warrior. When the Gamma Transponder is nearly stolen and Banner's girlfriend is kidnapped, Banner must abandon the hope of being cured and rely on the Hulk and Thor to save the day. Written by Chris Holland <>

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Our Superhero Is Back In A Brand New Action Packed Adventure.


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22 May 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Rückkehr des unheimlichen Hulk  »

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Did You Know?


Lou Ferrigno wears a new wig as the Hulk in this TV movie and its sequels. The wig was changed because Ferrigno's hearing problems got worse and a new wig was required to better hide the new hearing aid he was using. See more »


When Donald Blake is in the cave and first finds Thor's hammer inside his sarcophagus, he mentions the room was filled with thunder and the lid of the sarcophagus was blown off on its own. However, strings attached the lid are clearly visible when they pull it off of the sarcophagus. See more »


[Thor looks around the Joshua Lambert Institute laboratory and then he looks at Donald Blake and David Banner]
Thor: Your century's version of hell, eh, Blake?
Donald Blake: Is *this* a hallucination?
[David, still shocked, shakes his head]
Thor: And this must be Banner the Warlock. All in good time.
[Thor holds out his hand, Blake gives Thor his hammer and Thor walks off to a control panel]
Thor: First things first.
Donald Blake: What're you doing?
Thor: I'm thirsty.
Donald Blake: What're you doing?
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The Hulk returns...with a beer drinking Viking
2 January 2007 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

For those who didn't exactly take the series seriously might have a heck of a time with this comeback movie for The Incredible Hulk. But for those who did take them seriously (those being me), I find this a rather silly entry.

The humane aspect is what fueled the series. Bill Bixby was an irresistible lead and his quest for a cure never failed to be interesting. In short it was the drama that made the show as appealing as it was. In The Incredible Hulk Returns we see him team up with Thundergod Thor as David's attempts to cure himself are once again thrashed. The Hulk and Thor battle criminals who are out to steal David's machine, the one he built which might have helped to cure him.

The film starts off well and then goes downward after Thor's introduction. He's made to be pretty silly but still he's engagingly played by Eric Kramer and somehow he's pretty likable. The action scenes are fine and the Hulk moments are solid. Lou Ferrigno looks incredible and everything concerning David Banner and the Hulk is good stuff. But the campy feel and humor is something the shows didn't go much for and undermine the whole proceedings, like it wasn't taken seriously enough. But maybe that's what they were aiming for.

Jack Colvin makes a welcome return as relentless reporter Jack McGee who once again misses out on the big story. As always Bixby is rock solid and the flick works in some places but misses in others.

It's still an above average entertainment for a fan of the series.

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