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Tentacles (1977)

Tentacoli (original title)
A mutated giant octopus wreaks havoc on a California seaside community.

Director:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Huston ... Ned Turner
Shelley Winters ... Tillie Turner
Bo Hopkins ... Will Gleason
Henry Fonda ... Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
Delia Boccardo ... Vicky Gleason
Cesare Danova ... John Corey
Alan Boyd Alan Boyd ... Mike
Sherry Buchanan ... Judy
Franco Diogene Franco Diogene ... Chuck
Marc Fiorini ... Don
Helena Mäkelä Helena Mäkelä ... Jamie's Mother (as Helena Makela)
Claude Akins ... Sheriff Robards
Alessandro Poggi Alessandro Poggi
Roberto Poggi Roberto Poggi
Giancarlo Nacinelli Giancarlo Nacinelli
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Storyline

Several people disappear from and at the sea. Their bodies are found gnawed to the skeleton, even the marrow is missing. The scientists have no idea which animal could do such things. Dr. Turner begins to suspect that the company which builds a tunnel beneath the bay might have poisoned the environment and caused an octopus to mutate to giant dimensions. Just at the same time a great sailing regatta with many children is started - among them Turner's nephew Tommy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's Turning the Beach ... Into a Buffet! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tentacles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1977
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The two top-billed actors (John Huston and Shelley Winters) do not appear after the 1h15 mark (even though they are still alive). They are absent for the last 25 minutes of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Bo Hopkins is seen suiting up before the final dive scene towards the end of the film, he is wearing a different wetsuit than his stunt double underwater. The diver underwater is wearing a suit with orange stripes on the arms of the suit, but topside, Bo's suit doesn't. See more »

Quotes

Will Gleason: [to two killer whales held at sea in a portable tank] I guess you know now why I brought you here... I wanted to tell ya more about it, but there've been many people that died... I've lost a loved one. I need your help more now than ever. I remember the times when I was training ya - people used to call you killers. They used ta call me that on the streets. It doesn't mean nothing. You have more, more love in your heart, more affection than any human being I ever met. But now I... I can't ask ...
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Connections

Referenced in Circuito chiuso (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

The Octopus First Victim
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
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Hysterical-
14 April 2002 | by notstudyinglawSee all my reviews

Well, hysterically bad! Everyone else's comments already hit the nail on the head, so I don't know what is making me laugh harder- this movie or the comments!

I hope everyone involved in making the movie at least had a good time in Italy and Southern California. Hopefully they were laughing, too. Huston was way too much of a genius not to have seen this as what it is- dreadful. Perhaps he thought it was a farce of some kind? I would love to have been a fly on the wall during the after filming drinks Huston, Winters, and Fonda must have shared.

The effects are bad, the dubbing atrocious, I couldn't tell if the weird sounds were music or sound effects, some scenes were lifted almost exactly from Jaws...

I could go on, but I think you've got the idea. If it is rainy outside, and you're bored and ready for a laugh, go ahead and watch.

But don't say you haven't been warned.


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