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  • Actors: Jay Harrington, Ravil Isyanov, David Beecroft, Carolyn Lowery, Ricco Ross
  • Directors: John Eyres
  • Writers: Boaz Davidson, Michael D. Weiss
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Danny Lerner, David Varod
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YS59
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,050 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Octopus" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

100 minute PG-13 rated feature film DVD, starring Carolyn Lowery, David Beecroft, Jay Harrington, Ravil Isyanov, Rico Ross. Armageddon on the high seas! An elite nuclear submar ine, on a deadly mission to deliver an international terror ist to American

Customer Reviews

And the plot was a bit far-fetched.
Nick Watkins
Bad acting, bad script, but in summary, if you can get to the scene where the octopus is attacking the cruise ship, you'll crack up.
Or maybe the biggest problem was that I went into the movie expecting it to be bad and it didn't disappoint.
C. Dennis Moore

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on April 18, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Man, this was a pretty painful movie. There's like a couple of different plots going on to create this mish mash of a movie. I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this movie, but I found it difficult at times to keep my eyes open I was so bored. And the direction of the movie seems to really suffer from lack of knowledge about how to effectively use particular shots. It was like a shot was set up to offer a moment of suspense, but then there was no payoff, and I found myself asking, "What was the point?" Another problem with this movie is that I was able to predict fairly accurately what was going to happen, who was going to live or die. One of the most obvious instances of this was at the beginning when the older agent was talking about how he had been on the job for like fifty years, and is dispensing his wisdom to the younger agent. At some point, I believe he says something about how's he's overdue for retirement...and you can take a wild guess what happens to him. And I found it fairly annoying how the male 'hero' is unable to act like a hero at many key points in the movie, especially when having to deal what's posed to us as the world's most dangerous terrorist, which makes the hero seem extremely ineffective and just plain useless. Actually, I found just about all the characters to be pretty annoying or just plain dumb and that put me in the position of rooting for the octopus, encouraging it to take as many of them as possible. There are a lot of scenes obviously copied from much better movies, but poor dialog, acting, and direction turn this effort into a big, heaping, steaming pile. Maybe it falls into the category 'so bad it's good', but not so much for me. I did get quite a few laughs from this turkey, but purchase at your own risk. You are warned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shantell Powell on May 31, 2005
Format: DVD
Before I came to work, I was treated to a screening of Octopus. I thought I knew what would make the octopus a giant evil creature as soon as I saw the nuclear sub, but I was wrong.

It's wasn't a mutant octopus due to radioactivity.

It was an mutant octopus due to artificial anthrax and an iron deficiency.


The movie is chock-full of all sorts of bad. The obviously fake submarine bounces and crashes and rolls all over the place, but somehow, maybe due to top-secret gyroscopic technology, the interior is always level. And the interior is very large--unlike what I suppose a real sub might have. I can't imagine your typical submarine having nice and high cathedral ceilings, but this one does. I guess it's a deluxe model.

I don't think any of the movie clichés are skipped. We have our token black guy. We have our squabbling heroes. We have a Shakespeare-quoting bad guy. We have a hot chick. And although there's no nudity, there are plenty of gratuitous underwear shots (both men and women, for equal-opportunity leering). And plenty of people die, often for no plot-related reason.

Although the fun parts are very fun, there are far too many badly acted, slow-paced, octopus-free scenes to make the movie very entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Hudgins on April 30, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is breathtaking. I've never seen anything so abysmal in my life. I'm gobsmacked. Read the other reviews of this...thing. They're not exaggerated. I feel like I've somehow been violated. I'll tell you I didn't watch the whole thing - I couldn't - about every ten minutes I'd feel a psychotic episode crawl slowly from the depths of my subconscious like some mutant octopus reaching for my ill-fated ship of reason and I would change the channel, craving commercials until the psychosis passed. When I was stable and no longer a threat to myself or others, I would brave another ten minutes of this thing, only to have to surface once more. What can I say of this experience? Only this: I have a kind of sublime reassurance now, a serenity not unlike that described by others who have had near-death experiences. I know that the most traumatic moment of my life is behind me, and I am stronger for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wuchak on December 21, 2011
Format: DVD
After just seeing "Octopus" and enjoying it for what it is, all these ultra-negative reviews are hard to figure out. What were these critics expecting from a Grade B sci-fi flick from 2000? Sure the script and cast only play it semi-straight, but you can tell they had a good time. Sure the special effects reflect the cartooney CGI of that era, but they get the job done. The question is, is "Octopus" entertaining for what it is? Does it deliver the goods, so to speak? Definitely.

The first thing that impressed me was that the filmmakers actually came up with a wildly creative and original plot rather than rip-off one of Peter Benchley's stories ("Jaws," "The Beast," etc.), which is what the sequel did, "Octopus 2: River of Fear". The story of "Octopus" starts in Bulgaria, where the film was shot, with some intense action. A love-to-hate terrorist is captured and needs taken to America. The quickest way to do this is via a dishonored submarine captain who's in the area. To escort the terrorist, the US government is forced to use a CIA agent who is really just an analyst and has no experience being ruthless when necessary, like, say, James Bond. Meanwhile the terrorist's organization seeks to abort this transfer by taking over a cruise ship and intersecting the sub at sea. On top of all this is the titular sea creature, mutated to behemoth proportions, which dwells in the 'Devil's Abyss' (similar to the 'Bermuda Triangle') and threatens to put the kibosh on both submarine and cruise ship alike.

Totally outlandish and larger-than-life? Yes, but the filmmakers and cast play it pretty straight with some lighter aspects and humor thrown in for good measure.
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