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Director: Ang Lee

Cast: Ang Lee, Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliott


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Ang Lee directs the live-action feature film The Hulk, based on the Marvel comic book created by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby. Emotionally stunted Dr. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is part of a research team at the University of California at Berkeley. Corporate hustler Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) takes notice of the lab and makes plans to take it over. Then…  See more details below


Ang Lee directs the live-action feature film The Hulk, based on the Marvel comic book created by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby. Emotionally stunted Dr. Bruce Banner (Eric Bana) is part of a research team at the University of California at Berkeley. Corporate hustler Glenn Talbot (Josh Lucas) takes notice of the lab and makes plans to take it over. Then Bruce accidentally gets hit by an experimental ray and grows into a huge beast, destroying the lab in the process. A creepy janitor who claims to be his real father, Dr. David Banner (Nick Nolte), starts to secretly use the experimental ray on himself. He creates some mutant dogs and sends them after Bruce's lab mate and ex-girlfriend Betty Ross (Jennifer Connelly). After Bruce saves her life in the form of the Hulk, she lets her distant father, General Ross (Sam Elliott), take him to an abandoned army base in the desert. However, Glenn Talbot takes over the operation and wants to patent the creature's superpowers for his own profit, so he holds Bruce unconscious in an isolation tank. When provoked, Bruce turns into the Hulk and makes a break for San Francisco, leading to a desert chase sequence involving military aircraft, tanks, and bombs. Only the sight of Betty can make him turn back to his human form. When he is eventually captured, Dr. David Banner shows up for a final confrontation with his son and his old adversary, General Ross.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Ang Lee's inventive direction and some state-of-the-art special effects help to rip the incredible Hulk -- a green giant who is anything but jolly -- from the pages of Stan Lee's Marvel comics of the 1960s. In reality (to the extent that "reality" is a workable concept in films like this one), he is geneticist Bruce Banner (Eric Bana), a troubled young man whose past holds terrible secrets he can never fully remember. Intense emotional stress turns him into the Hulk, a raging monster who smashes everything and everybody with whom he comes into contact. The lone exception, of course, is the lovely Betty Ross (Jennifer Connolly), Bruce's co-worker and the daughter of a hard-bitten general (Sam Elliott) overseeing top-secret government projects. Nick Nolte has a relatively small but showy supporting role as Bruce's father, a discredited scientist whose fall from grace has something to do with his son's deeply disturbed psyche. Resisting the temptation to fill the screen with live-action comic-book panels, Ang Lee alters the origin of the printed-page protagonist to include psychological complexities that even Stan Lee never anticipated for his troubled antihero. It takes a fairly long time for the Hulk to make his first significant appearance, but he does so in a dynamic, explosive manner. By rendering his leading character with computer graphics, Lee and the special-effects team enable the Hulk to perform feats that might look convincing in comics but would normally never pass muster in live-action movies. Hulk’s combination of larger-than-life action and intricate back-story made it an exceptionally ambitious undertaking, and the film succeeds on its own terms. Even if you've never read a Hulk comic book, you can enjoy this exceptionally well made thriller.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The hotly anticipated summer blockbuster The Hulk sets up a power struggle between father and son that manifests itself in the form of a giant green CGI creature. As Dr. Bruce Banner, Eric Bana certainly has the right bone structure and muscle mass to be convincing as the alter ego of a comic book superhero. He maintains an intense, cheerless attitude while Nick Nolte overacts as his Charles Manson-looking mad scientist father, Dr. David Banner. The clincher hangs on a repressed memory lurking in Bruce's subconscious, which is alluded to in the opening sequence of close-ups and replayed in various flashy ways. Much of the film's structure is flashy, with multiple split screens, fancy dissolves, and moving comic book-style cells that may seem gimmicky to some. Still, there are thrilling moments and striking visuals when the Hulk appears, especially during the extended chase scene across the desert and through the sky, culminating in the trashing of the San Francisco Bay area. Throughout it all, Jennifer Connelly is weepy and worried as Dr. Betty Ross, who never seems to spark with the closed-off Bruce. Surprisingly, it's Sam Elliott who brings a sorely needed gentle humanity to the role of Betty's stern and distant father, General Ross. After the main special effects-laden climactic sequence, the tacked-on ending marks a radical shift in tone toward a Hulk with a purpose rather than a Hulk on the run, presumably for the function of setting up a sequel. As a good monster movie, the action is entertaining and the main drama is intriguing, but the downbeat story and long running time might disappoint viewers looking for the charm of other contemporary superhero movies.
New York Observer
An interesting effort to give one of the staples of mass entertainment something extra in the way of insight and feeling. Andrew Sarris

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Universal Studios
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Hulk Cam: Inside the rage; Super Hero revealed: The anatomy of the Hulk; Feature commentary with director Ang Lee

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eric Bana Dr. Bruce Banner
Jennifer Connelly Dr. Betty Ross
Sam Elliott General "Thunderbolt" Ross
Josh Lucas Major Glenn Talbot
Nick Nolte Dr. David Banner
Boni Yanagisawa Technician
Pete Anthony Conductor
Ricardo Aguilar Boy's Father
Mark Atteberry Technician
Sasha Barrese Alice
Cara Buono Edith Banner
Eva Burkley Technician
Lorenzo Callender Soldier
Todd Lee Coralli Soldier
Jesse Corti Colonel
Craig Damon Security Guard
Reggie Davis Security Guard
Mike Erwin Teenage Bruce Banner
Amir Faraj Boy
Lou Ferrigno Head of Security
Jennifer Gotzon Waitress
Rondda Holeman Technician
Toni Kallen Delivery Nurse
Lyndon Karp Davey
Johnny Kastl Soldier
Louanne Kelley Delivery Doctor
Paul Kersey Young David Banner
Paul H. Kim Officer
David Kronenberg Bruce Banner as a Child
Michael Kronenberg Bruce Banner as a Child
Daniella Kuhn Edith's Friend
Brooke Langton Jennifer Sossman
Stan Lee Security Guard
John Littlefield Security NCO
Sean Mahon Comanche Pilot
John A. Maraffi Technician
Randy Neville F-22 Pilot
Michael Papajohn Technician
John Prosky Atheon Technician
Kevin Rankin Harper
Regina McKee Redwing National Security Advisor
Lou Richards Pediatrician
Victor Rivers Paramilitary
Geoffrey Scott The President
David St. Pierre Technician
David Sutherland Tank Commander
Todd Tesen Young Thaddeus Ross
Brett Thacher Comanche Pilot
Eric Ware Soldier
Celia Weston Mrs. Krensler
Kirk B.R. Woller Comanche Pilot
Rhiannon Leigh Wryn Young Betty Ross
Daniel Dae Kim Aide
Rob Swanson Colonel

Technical Credits
Ang Lee Director
Eric Abrahamson Stunts
Ismail Acar Animator
George Aleco-Sima Animator
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Alleneck Animator
Avi Arad Producer
John Armbrust Consultant/advisor
Artist Robinson Asst. Director
Rick Avery Stunts
Joni Avery Stunts
Roy Barnes Set Decoration/Design
Gregory J. Barnett Stunts
Jim Bayliss Set Decoration/Design
Dotan Bonen Stunts
Mary R. Boss Stunts
Jake Brake Stunts
Craig Branham Stunts
Wendi Bromley Stunts
Sue Campbell Animator
Cheryl Carasik Set Decoration/Design
Derrick Carlin Animator
Todd Cherniawsky Set Decoration/Design
Callie Croughwell Stunts
Cameron Croughwell Stunts
Joshua Croughwell Stunts
Michelle Croughwell Stunts
Sean Curran Animator
Virginie D'annoville Animator
Lou Dellarosa Animator
Andrew Doucette Animator
Michael Easton Animator
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Corey Michael Eubanks Stunts
Dane Farwell Stunts
Kevin Feige Executive Producer
Scott Fisher Stunts
Jennifer Fong Executive Producer
Clay Donahue Fontenot Stunts
Michael France Screenwriter
Miguel Fuertes Animator
David Gainey Animator
Eugene Gearty Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel B. Gold Camera Operator
Sean Graham Stunts
Andrew Grant Animator
Kevin Grevioux Stunts
Shari Hanson Associate Producer
Rick Heinrichs Production Designer
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Lois G. Hoyos Set Decoration/Design
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Industrial Light & Magic Animator
Avy Kaufman Casting
Bevin Kaye Stunts
Maia Kayser Animator
Shawn Kelly Animator
Peter Kelly Animator
Greg Kyle Animator
Michael Lantieri Special Effects Supervisor
Andrew Lantieri Stunts
David Latour Animator
Alison Leaf Animator
Janice Lew Animator
Clay Lilley Stunts
Clint E. Lilley Stunts
Tommy Lohmann Camera Operator
Michael Malone Production Manager
Megan Marshall Stunts
Kevin Martel Animator
Phil McNally Animator
Christopher Minos Animator
Kathleen Misko Costumes/Costume Designer
Tristan Morts Stunts
William Morts Stunts
Rick O'Connor Animator
Casey O'Neill Stunts
Hiromi Ono Animator
Greg Papalia Art Director
Jakub Pistecky Animator
Kristen Pratt Set Decoration/Design
Steve Rawlins Animator
Jay Rennie Animator
Magali Rigaudias Animator
Megan Robinson Stunts
Jason Rodriguez Stunts
Tommy Rosales Stunts
David S. Rowden Stunts
Mika Saito Stunts
Dennis S. Sands Sound Mixer
James Schamus Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Gunther Schlierkamp Stunts
Trish Schutz-Krause Animator
Kevin Scott Animator
Dave Sidley Animator
Sharonne Solk Animator
Tim Squyres Editor
Tom St. Amand Animator
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Nick Teta Consultant/advisor
Kim Thompson Animator
Cheryl A. Tkach Associate Producer
Delio Tramontozzi Animator
Marjolaine Tremblay-Silva Animator
John Underkoffler Consultant/advisor
Martin Valinsky Stunts
Jan Van Buyten Animator
Brad Wilder Makeup
Darlene Ava Williams Stunts
Ava Rose Williams Stunts
Jerry Wills Stunts
David Womark Associate Producer
Gabriel Womark Stunts
Don Woodruff Set Decoration/Design
Merritt Yohnka Stunts
Brady Conrad Stunts
Larry Franco Producer
Stan Lee Executive Producer,Source Author
Hailey Peitzman Stunts
Hannah Peitzman Stunts
Molly Peitzman Stunts
Sonny Tipton Stunts
Jesse Tipton Stunts
Wyatt Tipton Stunts
John Turman Screenwriter
James Turman Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hulk
1. Main Titles [4:18]
2. The Banner Bloodline [7:01]
3. Dr. Krenzier [2:32]
4. Nanomeds & Gamma Rays [3:29]
5. Talbot's Offer [2:48]
6. My First Memory [2:37]
7. My Bruce [6:25]
8. The Accident [3:21]
9. Your Name Is Banner [4:24]
10. Lunch With Dad [2:21]
11. The Beast Within [5:47]
12. The Morning After [3:48]
13. My Son Is Unique [5:09]
14. Forced Hand [3:28]
15. Talbot's Mistake [2:13]
16. Betty & the Beast [11:20]
17. His Father's Son [4:55]
18. The Essences of All Things [3:03]
19. Home [5:39]
20. Talbot in Charge [2:26]
21. My Downfall [4:42]
22. Out of Control [5:02]
23. Desert Fury [4:35]
24. Target: Hulk [5:28]
25. Top of the World [2:38]
26. A Chance to Calm Down [5:47]
27. Give Back Your Life [7:18]
28. Battle of the Banners [4:38]
29. Sweet Dreams [:56]
30. One Year Later... [2:36]
31. Me Está Enojando [1:33]
32. End Titles [5:31]

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Hulk 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big HULK fan, but when I saw this movie I was dissapointed! The plot takes forever to build up, The story leads on and on as if it were lost, and The HULK was the most dissapointing! He looked like Shrek on staroids! Bad film! Stick to the original TV Show!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a horrible adaptation of the comic book. The story of his becoming the Hulk was drug on forever, and had very little action. I was also disapointed not to see his fighting more of his enemies like Wendigo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into this movie thinking it would be so great, but it sucked. I didn't get half of what was going on! Even if I did get what was going on, it was still completely boring. I hope they do not make a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All right, yes the story is terrible, there is barely anything with the HULK but Common! The effects are amazing (except for the dogs. I hate to knock on ILM but, they could have done better) and the action sequences are very exceptional. besides, who ever said the film had to have plot and character development to just be fun! Give it a break, and enjoy this thriller.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this new take on the Hulk. At least they made him capable of the fantastic feats in the comic unlike the TV show. The story needed to be updated regarding the origin since the original was tied to the testing of weapons during the time of the war/cold war. DNA mutations/manipulations are alot more interesting, although the origin story from the TV show was actually pretty good. They are working on another Hulk movie with a different director- we'll see how that turns out.
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
I didnt like this movie. CGI looked great story was long and dragged. if you do watch it be ready to hit fast forward alot...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
To me, Hulk is one of the greatest Marvel-Comic characters to hit the big screen. The film was great. It was quite creative how they made many scenes like the pages of comic books. In this film unlike many others, we can understand who these characters are and why they are the way they are. Also, the visuals are great. If you don't know, Hulk was the worst performing film that was based on a marvel-comic superhero. It is not considered a sucess compared to the films that came before it. But who cares about that. In this film adaptation, he is made out into a monster movie rather than a superhero film. He does perform some heroic acts in the film. But for the most part, this is a monster film. But that is not a bad thing. This movie had a great storyline and great acting also. It had great visual effects so good, I almost thought that it was a real person. I believe that this movie is a lot better than Spider-Man or X-Men. We learn a lot about the green giant that we don't learn from other characters. However, the running time of the movie is longer than any comic book based movie since Superman in 1978. That probably angered some people. But for the very most part, Hulk is so much better than it looks. Ang Lee does a great job in showing what the characters in this movie actually think. I recommend that this movie be seen by all.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I may just be the exception to the rule, but I thought Lee's restraint in directing made the movie- that is it wasn't just 2 hours of daring-do and smashing the bad guys, he developed characters and gave them reasons for their actions. Pretentious? Sure. But a lot more fun than movies that present action without context.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie with my sister in theatre and I have to say, I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting it for Christmas. But, I have to say, you must really pay attention to the beginning or you'll be lost the rest of the way through.
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I missed this in the theaters so was looking forward to it on DVD. Leave it to Ang Lee to take on another genre and nail it. I watched this twice the first night I rented it and bought it a week later. It loses nothing with multiple viewings. Like X-Men, director Lee made outstanding casting choices which raises this above standard super-hero fare and turns it into a brilliant, albeit dark, character study. Jennifer Connelly (who not only turns in a wonderful performance but is absolutely stunning!), Sam Elliot and especially Nick Nolte all turn in Oscar worthy performances. I think the bad box office killed any award possibilities which usually are heaped upon most of Lee's films. Eric Bana is the one weak cast member, but his awkward speech patterns (I think he's Australian) fit okay into the nerdy and stunted personality of his character. The Hulk effects range between excellent and so-so, but the star of The Hulk is the story not the FX. This movie uses the focal point of the father/son relationship of Superman the Movie (still the best superhero epic) and turns it on its ear. Where Clark Kent had his brilliant loving Kryptonian Father, Jor-el and equally loving and caring Jonathan Kent on earth, to David Banner poor Bruce is nothing more than an experiment gone wrong, a failed research project to dissect and study. Chilling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like comic book movies this one is just fine. It is a little long but the special effects more than make up for it! I think the sequal will be better if they make one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never a hulk fan but I saw a documentary on TV so I decided to see the movie. After I saw it I was amazed. The split screen technique and transitions made it look and feel like a comic book. The visual effects are amazing and the acting makes this movie probably the most belieavable of all comic book movies. This is how comic to movie adaptng should be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great movie. It was beautifully done and nice to see Ang Lee's sensibilities brought to a superhero film. I also enjoyed how the film progressed through smaller windows, sometimes simultaneously, giving the viewer a feeling of a comic book being brought to life. I think this movie got a couple of bad reviews when it opened, for whatever reason, and those had a snowball effect on some viewers' experience of the film. However, I think that if you watch it with an open mind there is really little to complain about here, and much to applaud. I also should mention that Jennifer Connelly's beauty is completely & inexplicably mesmerizing in this movie. I would highly recommend this film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version is the best Hulk presentation I have ever seen. This movie has been under-rated, that is why we should not go by what the official critics think. The premise, transformation, and the action was so realistic. I give this movie two thumbs up.