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Hulk (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  20 June 2003 (USA)
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Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.



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Bruce Banner, a brilliant scientist with a cloudy past about his family, is involved in an accident in his laboratory causing him to become exposed to gamma radiation and Nanomeds (A tiny life-form that is supposed to heal wounds but has killed everything with which they have made contact). Confused and curious about his survival, Banner discovers that since the accident, whenever he becomes angry he transforms into a giant green monster destroying everything in sight in an act of fury. Bruce's mysterious past and the answer to why the radiation had this effect becomes revealed to him as his Birth Father David Banner intervenes with hopes to continue experimenting on him. Written by Séamus Hanly

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The inner beast will be released See more »


Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some disturbing images and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Green  »

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Box Office


$137,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$62,128,420 (USA) (20 June 2003)


$132,122,995 (USA) (19 September 2003)

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[as the Hulk rages around San Francisco]
Betty Ross: Dad, let me talk to him!
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Betty Ross: Just let me try, okay, Dad? He just needs a chance to calm down!
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Crazy Credits

The Marvel logo features comic-book images of the Hulk in its pages; it's shaded green, the Hulk's traditional colour; and after it fully forms it bubbles out of the frame, reflecting the biological experiments carried out. See more »


References Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) See more »


Hulk Escapes
Written by Danny Elfman, Don Harper & Trevor Morris
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Surprisingly good
2 November 2003 | by (Zagreb, Croatia) – See all my reviews

I had rather low expectations before seeing Hulk, since the early criticism was pretty harsh and basically the whole mojo around this movie didn't sound very good. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. As many previous reviewers pointed out, Ang Lee has created a marvelous movie/comic book amalgam, which may be too cerebral to most of the viewers, but Hulk has always been pretty complicated character anyway. If the movie had been made as a "Hulk Smash!" bruhaha it would most certainly...well, suck! This way we got excellent Sam Elliot and Jennifer Connely, and very good Nick Nolte and Eric Bana, all capped with absolutely brilliant directing by Ang Lee. If only all the other comic book movies were directed in this way...

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