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The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 12 May 1989 (USA)
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The Swamp Thing returns to battle the evil Dr. Arcane, who has a new science lab full of creatures transformed by genetic mutation, and chooses Heather Locklear as his new object of ... See full summary »

Director:

Jim Wynorski

Writers:

Len Wein (comic book), Bernie Wrightson (comic book) (as Berni Wrightson) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis Jourdan ... Dr. Anton Arcane
Heather Locklear ... Abby Arcane
Sarah Douglas ... Dr. Lana Zurrell
Dick Durock ... Swamp Thing
Joey Sagal ... Gunn (as Joe Sagal)
Ace Mask ... Dr. Rochelle
Monique Gabrielle ... Miss Poinsettia
RonReaco Lee ... Omar
Daniel Emery Taylor ... Darryl (as Daniel Taylor)
Ralph Pace Ralph Pace ... Sheriff Beaumont
Timothy Birch Timothy Birch ... Clyde
Alex Van ... Gurdell
Christopher Doyle ... Leechman
Rex Pierson Rex Pierson ... Dr. Rochelle Mutation
Tony Sears ... Harry Dugan (as Anthony Sears)
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Storyline

The Swamp Thing returns to battle the evil Dr. Arcane, who has a new science lab full of creatures transformed by genetic mutation, and chooses Heather Locklear as his new object of affection. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Why can't men be more like plants? See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das grüne Ding aus dem Sumpf See more »

Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$192,816

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$192,816
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

With this film, Dick Durock became the first actor since Christopher Reeve to reprise the role of a DC Comics protagonist. See more »

Goofs

When Abby arrives at the mansion, Arcane tells her to settle in and they will talk at dinner. However, they are not shown having that dinner until the evening of the following day. No explanation for the 24-hour delay is given in the film and Abby is not shown doing anything during the extra day. See more »

Quotes

Omar: So that means you'll let us go, right?
Gunn: Wrong.
Swamp Thing: [appears out of nowhere] Right!
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Crazy Credits

Cockroach Bob is credited as Himself. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1989 UK cinema version was cut by 2 minutes 34 secs by the BBFC in order to receive a 12 rating with edits to the fight scenes, a woman being assaulted and some of the opening torture shots in the laboratory. All the cuts were waived for the 15-rated video version and the 2004 12-rated Prism DVD. See more »

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I Assure You, It Was Intended As Camp
25 April 2003 | by MyKingIsYeshuaSee all my reviews

In regard to some of the other reviews of this film posted here on IMDB, I would like to say: lighten up! Does this film capture the quaint Cravenesque sci-fi ambiance of the first movie? Of course not. Nor does it capture the dreary, macabre vision of the Alan Moore comic books. What we have here is a perfect lovely late 80's fantasy/comedy about a seven foot plant man. If you look at it objectively, perhaps your vision would not be so skewed.

Now, you may think that I (Daniel Emery Taylor, featured in the film as "Darryl") might be slightly biased. I assure you, it's a possibility. However, you must know that the movie was filmed in fun and meant in fun. From every one-line groaner to every silly sexual innuendo, it was all planned and perpetrated. To see how serious we were, take a look at the video/DVD cover art.

To give a summary of the movie: Swamp Thing returns to thwart Dr. Arcane's plot for immortality. It's a basic semi-superhero movie plot. From there, Swampy falls in love with Arcane's daughter, has some great fighting sequences, comes through a faucet, drives a jeep, takes pictures with these two ADORABLE kids (and they're really terrific actors, too ... honesty!), and blows stuff up.

If you're a fan of B-movies, as I am, you're likely to enjoy this. There are plenty of laughs, both intentional and unintentional. The acting is what you would expect, and the effects are really quite good for its day. This is not a movie you have to ponder or concentrate on. Its subtle social messages and troubled postmodern imagery will not haunt you for days. It's simple fun.


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