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The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Movie 22 May 1988
Hopefully on the verge of curing his Hulk condition, Banner meets his colleague, Don Blake, who is mystically linked to a Viking warrior, Thor.

Directors:

Nicholas Corea, Bill Bixby (uncredited)

Writers:

Stan Lee (character), Nicholas Corea
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Bixby ... David Banner
Lou Ferrigno ... The Hulk
Jack Colvin ... Jack McGee
Lee Purcell ... Maggie Shaw
Charles Napier ... Mike Fouche
John Gabriel ... Joshua Lambert
Jay Baker ... Zack Lambert
Tim Thomerson ... Jack LeBeau
Eric Allan Kramer ... Thor (as Eric Kramer)
Steve Levitt Steve Levitt ... Donald Blake
William Riley William Riley ... Sgt. Lindsey
Tom Finnegan ... Capt. Brills
Donald Willis Donald Willis ... Elwood
Carl Ciarfalio ... Barner (as Carl Nick Ciafalio)
Bobby McLaughlin Bobby McLaughlin ... Roarke (as Bobby Travis McLaughlin)
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It's been two years since the Hulk has surfaced, and Dr David Bruce Banner is on the verge of curing himself of the Hulk. A device he helped create, the Gamma Transponder, will rid him of his own Gamma radiation, among other uses. Enter Don Blake, a former colleague of Banner's, who is now in possession of a mystic hammer which can summon Thor, an ancient Viking warrior. When the Gamma Transponder is nearly stolen and Banner's girlfriend is kidnapped, Banner must abandon the hope of being cured and rely on the Hulk and Thor to save the day. Written by Chris Holland <stomptokyo@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1988 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This was the only live-action adaptation of Thor to feature Dr. Donald Blake, although he is treated as a separate character, rather than as Thor's alter-ego. The name is briefly used in the film Thor (2011), but due to Robert Downey Jr.'s improvised "I am Iron Man" line, the Marvel Cinematic Universe largely did away with alter egos entirely. See more »

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In the fight on the beach when Thor and Hulk fight the goons from the copter, the green make-up on the Hulk's face is noticeably lighter than that used on his body. See more »

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Donald Blake: This is the 80's, I don't know what a good cause is anymore.
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A never ending road for Banner
3 May 2003 | by IrockGswiftSee all my reviews

After six years since its last prime-time show (June 1982) Stan Lee and Nicholas Corea brought back Marvel Comics' strongman "the Incredible Hulk. Though this time David Banner has become the closest ever to be cured. He has a new girlfriend,bumped into a old colleague,and well into his medical career. Unlike in the past he worked odd jobs until his alter-ego was summons. But David banner in this movie has a new life were he doesn't feel he has to runaway anymore. Till an old colleague sneaks into David's job and his trouble begans. David's colleague tells him a story that during his journey up north he discovered a hammer that can summon an old viking hero. As the old viking hero appeared David mis-judged his well-being as being destructive which forced him to become the hulk. That was one of the best scenes in the movie were the hulk and the viking hero (Thor) battle it out. Overall the hulk over-powered Thor and Thor wanted to call a truce. A real Marvel classic!! Now that their fight got some exposure David had to put his plans for a cure on halt till the situation died down. This also brought on the attention of the trailing reportor Jack Mcgee and some bad guys who wanted to take the gamma transponder that David and his colleagues worked on. Since the hulk was seen David had to go back to his old secrecy way of life,and not letting the new relationship with his girlfriend progress. That's until he found a way of permanently curing himself. But matters got worse as the bad guys capture his girlfriend to get to the transponder. Which leaves David to team up with the viking warrior and his master to save Maggie (David's girlfriend). Though they saved her David had to leave because there was to much attention focused on the green creature and his association with his job. A sad ending as in the former prime-time series. Though I enjoyed Thor because of his comical outspoken personality. A great come-back series. But poor David must continue his journey to find a cure and live a normal life he once had.


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