The Incredible Hulk (1977)

The Incredible Hulk


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The Incredible Hulk, the live-action TV series based on the popular Marvel Comics character, was preceded by a 2-hour TV-movie pilot. Bill Bixby stars as Dr. David Banner (Bruce Banner in the original comic books), a scientist whose experimentation with gamma rays has a most dramatic effect. Whenever his anger is aroused, Dr. Banner turns into a huge, green, rampaging monstrosity called the Hulk (played by bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno). Unjustly accused of being a criminal in his "Hulk" guise, Dr. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Television, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Thomas Szollosi, Richard Christian Matheson, Kenneth Johnson
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On DVD: Jul 17, 2006



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as The Hulk

as Jack McGee

as Mr. Bram

as Mr. MacIntire

as Dr. Elaine Marks

as Mrs. Maier
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Critic Reviews for The Incredible Hulk

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's a great bit of 70s entertainment and a nice little monster movie with heart.

Full Review… | June 18, 2005

It's so hard bein' green...and entertaining to boot.

May 28, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Tacky but fun.

February 10, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

September 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

July 23, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Incredible Hulk

This is the TV movie which is a sort of prequel or back story for the TV series of the same name. If you love the show, you wont want to miss this movie, I know I enjoyed it.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Some Minor Spoilers Here****************************

In my opinion, The Incredible Hulk pilot is one the best ever to hit the small screen.

To start, this movie changed everything including the Hulk's origin. In the original comic book Dr. Bruce Banner had built a gamma bomb and was about to test it out in the desert. Minutes before it was set to go off Banner noticed a young teenager called Rick Jones driving on the test area. He rushed out to save the lad and managed to get the lad to safety-but it was too late for him. He was caught in the midst of the gamma explosion and the Hulk was born!

The story in this movie was quite different. Dr. David Banner (not Bruce) had lost his wife in a tragic car accident. He was doing some research into feats of strength exhibited by normal people during times of great stress. He came to the conclusion that gamma rays had something to do with it so he gave himself what he thought was a small dose of the gamma radiation. Unfortunately, he took an accidental overdose and his life was changed forever.

The late Bill Bixby did a great job as Dr. Banner. He really made you feel for the character; whatever emotions Banner was feeling was felt by the audience too. Here was a man who would transform into a primitive and uncontrollable creature during times of stress-and there was nothing he could do about it.

Lou Ferrigno did a great job as the Hulk. The Hulk was a good guy and he would not cause damage unless provoked but of course he was judged on appearance alone. In an early scene the Hulk comes across a little girl in the woods who is fishing. He means her no harm but when the little girl's father spots him he assumes the Hulk is here to harm the girl. So a shot is fired and the Hulk goes on a rampage!

The end of the film has Banner teaming up with fellow scientist Elaina Marks to find a cure for himself. Unfortunately, thanks to meddling by a nosey reporter called Jack McGee there is an explosion at a lab. Banner becomes angry and changes into the Hulk. He braves the fire and rescues Elaina but it is too late-she dies. And the Hulk is heart broken. This was a great scene. The Hulk-with all his strength-could not save the life of a young lady. It shows us that brute strength will only take us so far.

Another issue in the film is the emotion of anger. Anger is an emotion that effects us all and I think the film is in a way telling us that anger and violence solves nothing but at the same time it is part of human nature and can not be changed.

That's enough analyzing anyway. One final point I would like to make is about Jack McGee played by Jack Colvin. McGee is a reporter for a rag called The National Register. McGee was a great character who would plague Banner and the Hulk for the next five years.

All in all, a brilliant film-and who can forget the truly sad music as Banner leaves Elaina Mark's grave at the end. Truly a great film

David Ladd

Super Reviewer


A great start for the tv show. The story works well and the acting by Bixby works for this idea of the Hulk.

Jason Spencer

Super Reviewer

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