Release date25 February 1977 WriterSteven W. Carabatsos, Tito Carpi, Jerome Max ScreenplayTito Carpi, Steven W. Carabatsos, Jerome Max CastJohn Huston (Ned Turner), Shelley Winters (Tillie Turner), Bo Hopkins (Will Gleason), Henry Fonda (Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction), Claude Akins (Sheriff Robards), Delia Boccardo (Vicky Gleason) Similar moviesOrca: The Killer Whale, Free Willy 2 - The Adventure Home, Blackfish, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, Dolphins and Whales 3D: Tribes of the Ocean, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
TaglineIt's Turning the Beach ... Into a Buffet!
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Tentacles (Italian title: Tentacoli) is a 1977 Italian-American horror film directed by Ovidio G. Assonitis and starring John Huston, Shelley Winters, Bo Hopkins and Henry Fonda. Although the film was intended to cash in on the success of Jaws, Tentacles also bears numerous resemblances to the 1955 science fiction horror film It Came from Beneath the Sea.
Ocean Beach, a seaside tourist resort, has come under attack by a giant octopus, which captures and devours human swimmers and boaters, picking the skeletons clean of flesh and bone marrow. Marine expert Will Gleason (Hopkins) and crusading newspaper reporter Ned Turner (Huston) suspect the construction of an underwater tunnel by the Trojan company, owned by Mr. Whitehead (Fonda). Trojan has been using radio signals that have been "above regulated levels", somehow maddening the octopus and causing it to attack human beings. In the end, the octopus is killed by Gleason's pair of killer whales.
John Huston as Ned Turner
Shelley Winters as Tillie Turner
Bo Hopkins as Will Gleason
Henry Fonda as Mr. Whitehead, President of Trojan Construction
Delia Boccardo as Vicky Gleason
Cesare Danova as John Corey
Claude Akins as Sheriff Robards
Alan Boyd as Mike
Sherry Buchanan as Judy
Franco Diogene as Chuck
Marc Fiorini as Don
The film was produced to capitalize on the success of Steven Spielberg's Jaws.
The film's score was done by Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani, who scored the similarly Jaws-inspired films The Great Alligator and Piranha II: The Spawning around the same time.
It was released theatrically by American International Pictures in Italy on February 25, 1977, and in the United States on August 3, 1977.
The film was released on DVD by MGM in 2005 as part of their Midnite Movies series. The disc was a double feature release, pairing the film with Empire of the Ants.
The film grossed $3,000,000.
In a contemporary review, Variety noted that although "John Huston, Shelley Winters and Henry Fonda may bolster prospects", they "are all squandered in this one, thanks to a leaden script plus wooden direction by Oliver Hellman (who's also producer Ovidio Assonitiz)".