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Tentacles (1977)

Tentacoli (original title)
A mutated giant octopus wreaks havoc on a California seaside community.

Director:

Ovidio G. Assonitis (as Oliver Hellman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Huston ... Ned Turner
Shelley Winters ... Tillie Turner
Bo Hopkins ... Will Gleason
Henry Fonda ... Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
Delia Boccardo ... Vicky Gleason
Cesare Danova ... John Corey
Alan Boyd Alan Boyd ... Mike
Sherry Buchanan ... Judy
Franco Diogene Franco Diogene ... Chuck
Marc Fiorini ... Don
Helena Mäkelä Helena Mäkelä ... Jamie's Mother (as Helena Makela)
Claude Akins ... Sheriff Robards
Alessandro Poggi Alessandro Poggi
Roberto Poggi Roberto Poggi
Giancarlo Nacinelli Giancarlo Nacinelli
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Storyline

Several people disappear from and at the sea. Their bodies are found gnawed to the skeleton, even the marrow is missing. The scientists have no idea which animal could do such things. Dr. Turner begins to suspect that the company which builds a tunnel beneath the bay might have poisoned the environment and caused an octopus to mutate to giant dimensions. Just at the same time a great sailing regatta with many children is started - among them Turner's nephew Tommy. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Deadlier than the teeth of the tiger shark! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tentacles See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's distributor offered theatres a promotional poster that listed several points about octopi, including the fact that they can reach sizes of over 38 feet from arm to arm. See more »

Goofs

In the second scuba scene (the one with the two divers in the diving bell), one of the diver's gear is different when in the diving bell as compared to when he's seen underwater. His wetsuit is different (look at the orange trim on the shoulders carefully). Also in the diving bell, he has just a regular single hose regulator, whereas underwater, his tank also has a double hose regulator setup attached to his tank (though he's still using a single hose regulator for breathing). See more »

Quotes

[Tilly Turner says that she'd like to join her two boys in a sailboat race]
Little boy: Then we'd need a tornado to move the boat!
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Connections

References Bambi (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

The Octopus First Victim
Music by Stelvio Cipriani
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Fun 70's camp
15 August 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

I guess the actors were excited about being sent to Italy, and the downside is that..it was to be in this movie. I guess the producers were thinking they would make some money doing a version of "Jaws" with an octopus instead.

But the casual moviegoer, who has reasonable intelligence, will either be laughing at the whole thing or bored to death. Either way, the movie is not insultingly awful. At least Shelley Winters is under control, for the most part, but John Huston as a reporter is a riot. Danova had all his dialogue dubbed, which seems strange since he speaks English (he did in "Viva Las Vegas" and "Mean Streets", to name two instances). Henry Fonda & Bo Hopkins are also along for the ride.


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