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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

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:

Rage. Power. Freedom. 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

During Banner's first transformation as the Hulk, he destroys most of the laboratory in which he works. When he lifts the gamma sphere onto his back and shoulders, the Hulk poses for a brief moment like the Greek mythological figure Atlas; who holds the sphere of the sky on his back and shoulders. This is a nod towards the name of the location of the actual gamma sphere, which exists, in real-life, in A.T.L.A.S. (Argonne Tandem Linear Accelerator) at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois. See more »

Goofs

When Hulk is fighting with the helicopters, one of the attack helicopters loses control while avoiding a thrown object and comes within a few feet of colliding with another helicopter. The helicopters fly through each other's rotor disk, but neither comes to harm. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young David Banner: There's simply no way to shield against every weaponized agent. Instead, I can make super immune systems by strengthening the human cellular response.
Young Ross: Banner, I know where you're going, but manipulating the immune system is dangerous and stupid. The President's science advisors made it absolutely clear: no human subjects.
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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 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) See more »

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Young Scientists
Written by Danny Elfman & Kenneth Burgomaster (as Kenny Burgomaster)
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surprising art film
23 July 2012 | by smvouriotSee all my reviews

Hulk is a very surprising film. When I first saw it when I was like nine or ten I was confused, shocked and somewhat disappointed. My expectations at the time had not been met. What I had been expecting and hoping was just endless scenes of the hulk smashing sh#t up. What I got was an art film. At the time I didn't understand or care about any of the split screens, dream sequences, etc, I was just waiting for the hulk to show up and destroy stuff.(The hulk dosen't show up till about 40 minutes into the movie, by the way.) I eventually began to get restless because it is a very slow movie and when it was over I felt very disappointed.

A few years later I bought the DVD to give it another try, and I was very surprised with how good it actually was, now that I had gotten older and could appreciate the style, acting and pretty much everything else. The acting is quite good in the film, especially Nick Nolte, who almost steals the show as Bruce Banner's father, David Banner. Eric Bana is decent as the hulk, but I prefer Mark Ruffalo as the hulk in the avengers. Unlike other movies based on comic books, Hulk actually looks like a comic book, due to the split screens. This works most of the time,as it gives the film a unique look thats different from other comic book movies.

Now to the much criticised CGI, which for me is a mixed bag. The close ups of the hulk work, because his facial expressions are well done and you can actually feel sympathy for him. However the long shots of him, especially in the desert scenes, look a bit cheesy but definitely not as bad as some critics have been saying. Apart from that the visual effects are top notch.

Overall, Hulk is a refreshing change from standard and bland superhero movies. It takes its time setting up the plot and characters, which works because you have almost fully fleshed out characters and not cardboard cut outs. The repressed memories and psychology of the hulk is much more interesting than the standard heroics of superman or captain America. So to sum it up, I wouldn't recommend this movie to young kids because there are a number of intense scenes and it is a fairly long and slow movie, so those with short attention spans won't be well rewarded. But for those who are prepared to accept that it is more an art film than an action film then you will be well rewarded.

The film isn't perfect, but every time I watch it on DVD it grows on me and I find myself wishing sometimes that more action blockbusters were like this, but then if they were I doubt they would be blockbusters.


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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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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