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Swamp Thing (1982)

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After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

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Wes Craven

Writers:

Wes Craven, Len Wein (comic book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jourdan ... Arcane
Adrienne Barbeau ... Alice Cable
Ray Wise ... Dr. Alec Holland
David Hess ... Ferret
Nicholas Worth ... Bruno
Don Knight ... Ritter
Al Ruban Al Ruban ... Charlie
Dick Durock ... Swamp Thing
Ben Bates ... Arcane Monster
Nannette Brown Nannette Brown ... Dr. Linda Holland
Reggie Batts ... Jude
Mimi Craven ... Arcane's Secretary (as Mimi Meyer)
Karen Price Karen Price ... Arcane's Messenger
Bill Erickson Bill Erickson ... Young Agent
Dov Gottesfeld Dov Gottesfeld ... Commando
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Storyline

Dr. Alec Holland, hidden away in the depths of a murky swamp, is trying to create a new species - a combination of animal and plant capable of adapting and thriving in the harshest conditions. Unfortunately he becomes subject of his own creation and is transformed . . . Arcane, desperate for the formula attempts to capture the Swamp Thing. An explosive chase ensues that ultimately ends with a confrontation between Holland and a changed Arcane . . . Written by Mark Harding <mah@imdb.com>

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Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Ding aus dem Sumpf See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Swampfilms See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actors Louis Jourdan and Dick Durock both reprised their roles as Dr. Anton Arcane and Swamp Thing respectively in the movie's sequel The Return of Swamp Thing (1989). Both pictures also featured some of the same crew personnel as well, including producers Michael E. Uslan and Benjamin Melniker. See more »

Goofs

When mutated Arcane has a sword and is fighting the Swamp Thing close to the end of the movie, right before Cable is stabbed, Arcane-Thing raises his sword overhead for a crashing blow down onto Swampie, and you can see that the monster suit has ripped in the armpits. See more »

Quotes

Little Bruno: [Bruno has just been taken to the dungeon by another guard after drinking the formula] Some friend you are!
Commando: Sorry, Bruno. It's every man for himself; God against all.
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Referenced in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012) See more »

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One of Craven's best
30 June 2013 | by robertlauter25See all my reviews

Swamp thing is a comic book film with the audacity to flaunt it's low budget and depend on the character elements of the film, well executed action sequences, scenery and a vibrant score which luckily saves a lot of money and provides for and entertaining gem of a film. Louise Jordan is a wonderful villain, his work is on par with his later appearance as a 007 villain in octopussy. Adriene Barbeaux oozes sexuality, without sacrificing toughness which is rare. Something disappeared after the 1980's with regard to women in action thrillers. The toughness seems manufactured as opposed to genuine. The sexual attractiveness remains, but rather than asserting themselves through intelligence, many of the female heroes of todays films seem to display a snobbish sort of entitlement, almost as if a lawyer was waiting to swoop down and file a law suite, if the film's villains dare to detract from their toughness. There is none of that here, she seems smart, tough and sexy which is rare. As for the storyline, it is what it is, not a whole lot of surprises, but that's o.k. It's a comic book, not War and Peace. Swamp Thing is an overlooked and under-rated movie that deserves a look from fans of the genre, and yound people fascinated with comics especially.


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