September 12, 1977 12:00 PM

A man-eating octopus (its varied diet includes shapely women and bouncing babies) is meandering around off sunny San Diego. Naturally, endangered residents ignore the warnings of John Huston, who unconvincingly plays an agitated seaside reporter. Shelley Winters, his funny, fat sister, is buoyant, and Henry Fonda, as the amoral corporate exec, is still clear of eye, firm of chin and sound of voice. Murky, however, is why Fonda would lend himself to such squishy nonsense. (PG)

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