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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.

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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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22 May 1988 (USA)  »

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Die Rückkehr des unheimlichen Hulk  »

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The first actor to play Dr. Banner after Bill Bixby was Eric Bana. Bana later appeared in Star Trek (2009) with Chris Hemsworth, who went on to play Thor. See more »

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When Blake revels himself to David at first he said he meet him ten years ago as the guest genius and that David had a beard but 10 years prior to the events here David had no beard and he was already the Hulk. See more »

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Sgt. Lindsey: Dr. Shaw is head of Biogenetics at the Joshua Lambert Institute.
Jack McGee: Isn't that where witnesses reported seeing a green monster of some kind?
Sgt. Lindsey: Those witnesses observed something at an extreme distance. It cannot be considered reliable.
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Followed by The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) See more »

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The Hulk returns...with a beer drinking Viking
2 January 2007 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

For those who didn't exactly take the series seriously might have a heck of a time with this comeback movie for The Incredible Hulk. But for those who did take them seriously (those being me), I find this a rather silly entry.

The humane aspect is what fueled the series. Bill Bixby was an irresistible lead and his quest for a cure never failed to be interesting. In short it was the drama that made the show as appealing as it was. In The Incredible Hulk Returns we see him team up with Thundergod Thor as David's attempts to cure himself are once again thrashed. The Hulk and Thor battle criminals who are out to steal David's machine, the one he built which might have helped to cure him.

The film starts off well and then goes downward after Thor's introduction. He's made to be pretty silly but still he's engagingly played by Eric Kramer and somehow he's pretty likable. The action scenes are fine and the Hulk moments are solid. Lou Ferrigno looks incredible and everything concerning David Banner and the Hulk is good stuff. But the campy feel and humor is something the shows didn't go much for and undermine the whole proceedings, like it wasn't taken seriously enough. But maybe that's what they were aiming for.

Jack Colvin makes a welcome return as relentless reporter Jack McGee who once again misses out on the big story. As always Bixby is rock solid and the flick works in some places but misses in others.

It's still an above average entertainment for a fan of the series.


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