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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 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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1.33 : 1
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Donald Blake: Look, David, I don't want to know why you're not using your real name or why you want people to think you're dead, and I don't care. Well, that's not true really. I'm curious as hell, but I'm not going to ask or try to find out. That's your business and it's going to stay that way.
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The Hulk teams-up with the Mighty Thor!
4 December 2017 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

RELEASED TO TV IN 1988 and written & directed by Nicholas Corea, "The Incredible Hulk Returns" is the first of three movies in the wake of the TV series that ran from 1977-82.

PLOT: Bill Bixby stars as Dr. David Banner, who is working incognito at a research facility in Southern California and on the verge of curing his gamma radiation-induced curse. Meanwhile Banner reunites with younger colleague Don Blake (Steve Levitt), who has found a magical Norse hammer, which can summon Thor (Eric Allan Kramer), an ancient Viking warrior. When a vital piece of technology is nearly stolen and David's sweetheart is kidnapped (Lee Purcell), the Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) and Thor must team-up to save the day. Jack Colvin returns as nosy reporter Jack McGee.

Despite the TV-budget limitations, this is a very entertaining Hulk movie, even better than the pilot movie from 1977. This is mostly due to the inclusion of Thor, who's pretty close to the Marvel Comics version (Stan Lee was a consultant), albeit with a brown costume rather than dark blue. This is because Thor here is (evidently) NOT the god of thunder from Asgard, but rather a mighty Viking from the distant past aided by the mystic hammer. His personality isn't like Thor in the comics (i.e. one-dimensionally noble and boring), but rather like Marvel's Hercules, where he's hearty, loves a good fight, women & brew. Kramer knocks the role out of the ballpark with his merry & mighty charisma.

The biker bar episode is a highlight with Peisha Arten standing out as one of the "Whoa, Mama" biker babes. The ending is kind of sad accompanied by Joseph Harnell's melancholic piano theme.

THE FILM RUNS 93 minutes and was shot in California (Malibu, North Hollywood and Los Angeles). ADDITIONAL DIRECTING: Bill Bixby. ADDITIONAL CAST: Charles Napier, Tim Thomerson and Jay Baker.

GRADE: B+


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