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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:

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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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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Baywatch: Tentacles: Part 1 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

The Octopus First Victim
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
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Italian monster movie about a gigantic octopus starred by American all star cast
24 December 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Inferior exploitation indirectly based on the characters created by Peter Benchley but turns out to be an absurd sea-monster film with average creation of tension, thrills, horror, emotions and chills . Bone-chilling movie with scary scenes , lousy direction and contains similar argument screen-written to first entry directed by Steven Spielberg (Jaws) and second directed by Jeannot Swarc (Jaws 2). The film is developed in a shore community where each year 10,000 tourists visit Ocean Beach. Several people have disappeared , when appear the bodies , these are gnawed to the skeleton, the investigators have no idea which monster could do such things. This summer Ocean Beach has attracted SOMETHING ELSE! the townsfolk were terrorized by a giant octopus that threatens and attacks to pacific tourists at the local seaside and it's turning the beach into a Buffet . Two mean construction owners (Henry Fonda, Cesare Danova) made a tunnel in the underwater and disturbed its shelter . The local journalist (John Huston) tries to convince to local authorities( the sheriff played by Claude Akins) who reluctant listen him to empty the resort place , and they think he's nutty. But the large squid attacks and the victims are eaten and making a real carnage and those serving for lunch .Some adolescents are sailing on their sporting boats during celebration a regatta when the giant octopus threaten and destroy them . Then , a biologist (Bo Hopkins) helped by two killer Orcas determine to track down and kill it. He along with his pal are forced to fight for their lives in a mortal confrontation.

It's an absurd rip-off with some moments that get certain creation of tension, thrills,terror , emotions and brief gore. The rotten monster octopus attacks images deliver the exciting , devouring some notorious players and united to thrilling score by Stelvio Cipriani who heightens the suspense. Mediocre performance from known Hollywood stars as Henry Fonda , Shelley Winters , John Huston and Bo Hopkins . It packs sunny and colorful cinematography by Piazzoli filmed in location in Marineland of the Pacific , Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes,Oceanside,Pismo Beach, California . The original picture ¨Jaws¨ considered a real classic obtained three Oscars well deserved, this exploitation is very inferior and results to be embarrassingly directed by Ovidio Assonitis (Piraña 2 , Beyond the door). Rating : Below than average.

Other films about large squids are the followings : ¨Devil Fish¨ by Lamberto Bava , a recent version titled ¨Kraken tentacles of the deep (2006)¨ by Tibor Takacs with Charlie O'Connell and Victoria Pratt and of course the classic version ¨ 20.000 leagues under the sea¨ by Richard Flescher where appears the unforgettable giant octopus.


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