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Hulk (2003)

PG-13 | | Action, Sci-Fi | 20 June 2003 (USA)
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Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

Stan Lee (Marvel comic book character), Jack Kirby (Marvel comic book character) | 4 more credits »
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3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Bana ... Bruce Banner
Jennifer Connelly ... Betty Ross
Sam Elliott ... Ross
Josh Lucas ... Talbot
Nick Nolte ... Father
Paul Kersey ... Young David Banner
Cara Buono ... Edith Banner
Todd Tesen Todd Tesen ... Young Ross
Kevin Rankin ... Harper
Celia Weston ... Mrs. Krensler
Mike Erwin ... Teenage Bruce Banner
Lou Ferrigno ... Security Guard
Stan Lee ... Security Guard
Regi Davis ... Security Guard
Craig Damon Craig Damon ... Security Guard
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Storyline

Bruce is an ordinary Gamma expert who one day gets blasted with radiation and somehow survives. But in the process a monster was born. Now whenever he gets angry he grows bigger and stronger until he is no longer Bruce Banner. He becomes The Hulk

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Unleash the hero within See more »

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some disturbing images and brief partial nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The amount of CGI involved in the Hulk's battle against the three mutant dogs was one of the hardest, most complicated scenes ILM had ever done. Ultimately, what ended up on-screen was only one third of what was originally storyboarded. To have filmed all of it would have been simply too expensive. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 45 mins) After the exchange with the tanks and helicopters, Bruce heads for home by leaping across the countryside. He lands with a foot on the road and one on the grass near a road sign marked San Francisco 61 [miles] Berkeley 65. There is significant damage to the tarmacadam road but virtually none to the earth at the side of the road. See more »

Quotes

Betty Ross: We're buried out here in the middle of nowhere. How long are you going to keep him sedated?
Ross: For the rest of his natural life, if I have to.
Betty Ross: You said I could trust you.
Ross: I'm your father. You can trust me to do what I think is right, not what you think you want.
Betty Ross: He is a human being.
Ross: Well, he is also something else. Suppose he gets out, has one of his little mood swings in a populated area.
Betty Ross: Yes, I'm aware of the potential danger. I'm also aware that he saved my life.
Ross: Yeah, from a mutant French poodle. I'm...
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Crazy Credits

The film title appears from a series of mutating chromosomes. See more »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut to secure a "Not under 12" rating. Removed were the torturing of Hulk with electro shocks in the Army camp and the death of the frog. The DVD contains the complete version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Batman Begins (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Hulk Escapes
Written by Danny Elfman, Don Harper & Trevor Morris
Featured Vocals by Natacha Atlas
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What went wrong?
16 July 2006 | by Flagrant-BaronessaSee all my reviews

Ang Lee attempted a different approach in his direction in Hulk. The recipe for superhero comic book movie was not followed and for that, it failed in entertaining the mainstream audience. It is more off-beat, more difficult. The music score by Danny Elfman is much heavier than on the average Spider-Man film. The character is not a hero--nor is he a villain. It is a dark story of a pretty dark character. I believe that this is its essentially biggest problem: it is humourless to the core and when featuring a dark character like the Hulk, you need some serious light-hearted comic relief to counter it.

I barely even recalled the plot after having watched Hulk, but I remember that it was paper-thin. It's mostly Eric Bana as Bruce Banner coming to terms with his new green identity and the conflicts that this curse this brings. While Bana acts with more conviction and skill than any of the superhero actors (Tobey Maguire, Brandon Routh, even Christian Bale), he is only ever used for acting that varies between the extremes sad or confused in the film. It is not fair that this fantastically talented man is overshadowed by the alter ego of his character.

The action scenes are also sub-par and rare. When they are attempted, Lee makes them too overblown to emphasize the sheer strength of the Hulk--and we have a green CGI monster in purple pants spiraling up in the sky--a Shrek on steroids. This may sound like the comic relief that was needed, but it isn't funny -- it's mostly bizarre. Some well-placed and traditional action scenes could and should have been included, in my opinion. It's not "selling out" so much as it's balancing the dark Hulk with light entertainment. If you make everything dark, then the character is not going to look dark or stand out.

Still, I prefer Hulk to either of the Spider-Man films any day, probably because it has an interesting approach to it. Just..sometimes a little too difficult. 6/10


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Official Sites:

UIP [Germany]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Green See more »

Filming Locations:

Universal City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$137,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$62,128,420, 22 June 2003

Gross USA:

$132,177,234

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,285,165
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1.85 : 1
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