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Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 5.7/10 (95,183 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Ang Lee

Stars: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott

Bruce Banner, a brilliant scientist with a cloudy past about his family, is involved in an accident in his laboratory causing him to become exposed to gamma radiation and Nanomeds (A tiny life-form that is supposed to heal wounds but has killed everything with which they have made contact). Confused and curious about his survival, Banner discovers that since the accident, whenever he becomes angry he transforms into a giant green monster destroying everything in sight in an act of fury. Bruce's mysterious past and the answer to why the radiation had this effect becomes revealed to him as his Birth Father David Banner intervenes with hopes to continue experimenting on him.

Writers: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby

Eric Bana - Bruce Banner
Jennifer Connelly - Betty Ross
Sam Elliott - Ross
Josh Lucas - Talbot
Nick Nolte - Father
Paul Kersey - Young David Banner
Cara Buono - Edith Banner
Todd Tesen - Young Ross
Kevin Rankin - Harper
Celia Weston - Mrs. Krensler
Mike Erwin - Teenage Bruce Banner
Lou Ferrigno - Security Guard
Stan Lee - Security Guard
Regi Davis - Security Guard
Craig Damon - Security Guard

Taglines: The inner beast will be released


Official Website: Terra [Spain] | UIP [Germany] |

Release Date: 20 June 2003

Filming Locations: Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $137,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $62,128,420 (USA) (22 June 2003) (3660 Screens)

Gross: $245,284,946 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

To prepare for his role as General Ross, Sam Elliot read the Hulk comic books. He had doubts about growing a moustache, since the Army doesn't encourage facial hair, but was convinced by Ang Lee to do so.

Continuity: The breast pockets on Betty Ross's denim jacket switch from buttoned to unbuttoned between shots when she is confronted by David Banner in her house at night, and again, later, when she approaches the Hulk in downtown San Francisco.

Dr. David Banner: [absorbing Hulk's energy] Sleep, Bruce, and dream forever. Struggle no more... and give me all of your power.
Bruce Banner: You think you can live with it? Take it! TAKE IT ALL!

User Review

Terrible Marketing, Great Film

Rating: 9/10

"Hulk" is a film which is widely considered a failure, both financially and artistically. Yet in the latter category this movie has a lot on offer: masterful editing, good acting and the direction of a true master.

What Ang Lee has tried to achieve, namely merging the pulp-story of the Hulk with the scale and drama of a Greek tragedy has been well achieved. The scope of the story and its effects on the characters are only to be taken seriously on a truly grand scale, and by supplying the protagonists with interwoven back-stories Lee and his screenwriters are making it clear that this is not to be seen as a realistic story, but an epic metaphor.

Special kudos goes to Timothy Squyres, who does one marvelous job of creating an editing similar to a comic's design. This pays tribute to the source material's pulp origins as well making an impressive visual statement. "Hulk" looks and feels like no other film, which makes it one of the most interesting, if not one of the best comic- adaptations of all time.

The crux is that this movie does not know who it's aimed at. The intellectual Ang Lee- connoisseur picks his nose when it comes to the Hulk, simply due to its humble roots, while the average popcorn-cinema-goer is slightly irritated when confronted with the films "odd" approach to comic-movies. This means that only viewers which are a bit of both can truly appreciate this masterpiece.

All the other elements for a good piece of entertainment are there and present: Eric Bana is, as usual, fine as the tormented soul which manifests itself in green rage, Jennifer Connelly is as solid as ever and Nick Nolte steals the show with what is a truly weird turn as Bruce Banner's/the Hulk's dad. The visual effects are beautifully executed as well. There is not much left to be desired.

It's a pity such an interesting and brave film gets a rating of slightly above 6 at IMDb.

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