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The Fantastic Four (1994)

When dosed with cosmic rays, four intrepid explorers are given incredible powers.

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Oley Sassone

Writers:

Craig J. Nevius (screenplay), Kevin Rock (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Hyde-White ... Dr. Reed Richards
Jay Underwood ... Johnny Storm
Rebecca Staab ... Susan Storm
Michael Bailey Smith ... Ben Grimm
Ian Trigger Ian Trigger ... Jeweler
Joseph Culp ... Dr. Doom / Victor Von Doom
George Gaynes ... Professor
Kat Green ... Alicia Masters
Carl Ciarfalio ... Thing
Chuck Butto Chuck Butto ... Weasel (as Charles Butto)
Annie Gagen Annie Gagen ... Mrs. Storm
Howard Shangraw Howard Shangraw ... Kragstadt
David Keith Miller David Keith Miller ... Trigorin
Robert Alan Beuth ... Dr. Hauptman (as Robert Beuth)
Patrick Richwood ... Messenger
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In this Marvel Comic adaption, four astronauts get bombarded with cosmic rays when an accident occurs. The four of them acquire special powers, and decide to form a superhero group called the Fantastic Four. They then fight their arch-enemy Dr. Doom. Written by Paul Zenisek <zenny@mn.frontiercomm.net>

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Part muscle. Part elastic. Part fire. Part invisible. Together, it's clobberin' time! See more »


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Rated PG for sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In an interview with Kevin Smith, Stan Lee said that, unbeknownst to its cast and crew, this movie was never intended to be released. It was made only because the studio that owned the rights to make a "Fantastic Four" movie would have lost those rights if it didn't begin production by a certain date. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 15 mins) Following the Fantastic Four's escape from Dr. Doom's captivity, they arrive back in the city. Even though no time at all has passed since them, they now apparently have their own building with a "Number Four" logo on the side and an aerial transport vehicle. They did not have time to put their logo on the building or build/acquire the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

The Thing: I love walking into a trap, don't you?
Mr. Fantastic: I don't know, never done it before.
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a pleasant little surprise
25 August 2002 | by MichaelM24See all my reviews

Back in 1994, I rented a movie (since forgotten) and saw the trailer for THE FANTASTIC FOUR. I was absolutely jazzed. I was a huge comic book fan back then, and at the time, movies based on comic books weren't being made as often as they are know, so it was nice to see that one was on the way. Of course, the film was shelved days before it's premiere. Over the years, I'd heard reviews of the film from those who had seen bootleg copies of it, and most touted it as a huge disaster in every regard. Well, eight years later, I've finally had the opportunity to see it, and I must say, I found it to be pretty decent. Sure, it definitely looks low-budget (it has the feel of a TV show more than a feature film), but you can tell it was a labor of love for all involved and that everybody gave it their all.

A few of the effects shots--especially the Human Torch's full-body burn at the climax--reveal the film's extremely low budget, but the filmmakers make up for that with the story and characters. Though not the event film I always pictured a Fantastic Four movie to be, it instead takes a slightly more personal approach, focusing on the characters as they come to terms with their changes before pitting them against Dr. Doom. The cast does a good job, and the costumes, especially The Thing and Dr. Doom, are well done and faithful (unlike the another superhero team movie, X-MEN). The subplot involving a character called The Jeweler was a bit on the distracting side. I was bored whenever the film switched to him, but thankfully, the rest of the film was better. It's a shame this was never released, at least on video. Like another little-known (and just barely-released) comic book movie, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE FANTASTIC FOUR scores thanks to its actors and the story exploring the characters, even if the production isn't quite as big as it should have been.

If the movie had had a slightly bigger budget and some better effects shots, I think it could have done reasonably well in the theaters. It will be interesting to see if the big-budget version (rumored to have been in development by a major studio since around the time this film was made) can create a good balance between story and character when it's sure to be made into a special effects extravaganza.


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Release Date:

31 May 1994 (USA) See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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