The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  7 May 1989 (USA)
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When David Banner is held for questioning about a mob crime, his only chance lies with his lawyer who is also the superhero, Daredevil.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellie Mendez (as Marta Dubois)
Christa Klein
Richard Cummings Jr. ...
Al Pettiman
Albert G. Tendelli
Wilson Fisk (as John Rhys Davies)
Fake Nurse
Dwight Koss ...
Meredith Bain Woodward ...
Farm Supervisor (as Meredith Woodward)
Richard Newman ...
Apartment Owner


David Banner drifts into New York and goes on a subway. And with him is a woman and two guys. When the two guys attack the woman, David tries to help but is beaten and turns into The Hulk and saves the woman. When he turns back, he finds himself arrested and the woman accuses David of being her attacker. David is approached by Attorney Matt Murdock who wants to represent. When he tells Murdock that he can't pay him, Murdock tells him that he is hoping that David can help him incriminate Wilson Fisk, a powerful criminal. David doesn't want any part of it but Murdock convinces him to trust him. Murdock goes to see the woman but can't get her to change her story. Later in her room someone tries to kill her but she is saved by Daredevil, a crime fighter. Murdock tells David that he has to go trial but David says he can't but Murdock says they have no choice. Later while David is in his cell he turns into the Hulk and escapes. David tries to leave town but Daredevil finds him and reveals ... Written by

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Der unheimliche Hulk vor Gericht  »

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Did You Know?


Stan Lee has a cameo as the foreman of the jury in the dream sequence. This marks his first ever cameo in a Marvel Comics adaptation, though this would become a tradition in later adaptations. See more »


Dr. David Bruce Banner has a beard but his alter ego the Hulk is clean shaved. See more »


Matt Murdock: Good luck. You take my secret with you"
David Banner: And I leave mine with you. I have a brother in the world now.
Matt Murdock: Yes, you do.
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Surprisingly earnest comic book fare
15 October 1999 | by (Barry, Texas USA) – See all my reviews

The Trial of the Incredible Hulk was the second in a trilogy of made-for-television films continuing the agonizing journey of scientist David Banner and his quest to cure him of the inner monster called the Hulk. The Trial of the Incredible Hulk stands as the best of the bunch, and remains a fairly well-written and superbly acted telepic.

Banner is arrested and charged for a crime he doesn't commit while travelling through a city. His court-appointed attorney is the blind Matt Murdock, who strives to free Banner, who feels he must be locked up. Murdock is also fighting against the corruption of Wilson Fisk, the city's resident crime lord, in the guise of the oddly black-suited Daredevil. We find that like Banner, Murdock had an accident with radioactive materials, but while taking his sight, the atomic trauma left Matt with enhanced senses of smell, hearing, taste, touch, and radar-like sensory perception.

The late, great Bill Bixby is in top form as the strained David Banner, and his brutish counterpart, the Hulk, is again portrayed intensely by the legendary Lou Ferrigno. Rex Smith, veteran of a variety of television shows and soap operas, is excellent as Matt Murdock, and his athletic alter ego, Daredevil. Smith delivers most of the best lines in this film, and might have been a good lead in a spin-off Daredevil series. Character actor John Rhys-Davies is Wilson Fisk, the cool and calculated crime boss, known by the moniker, the Kingpin, in the comics.

The film's effects and action sequences are standard television fare -- done quickly and cheaply -- but still, it is a very promising and uplifting film, right down to its exciting climax and positive ending.


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