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Piranha (1972)

 -  Thriller | Drama  -  1982 (Norway)
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Wildlife photographer Terry and her brother Art go to Venezuela for a photo shoot. They hire Jim Pendrake to guide them through the jungle. However, the trio run afoul of evil local hunter Caribe.

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Complete credited cast:
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Jim Pendrake
Ahna Capri ...
Terry
Tom Simcox ...
Art Greene
John Villegas ...
Juan
Ernie Fracis ...
Diamond Miner
Julie Teca ...
Girl
Miguel Berzares ...
Miguel
Andres Delgado ...
Bartender
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Wildlife photographer Terry and her brother Art go to Venezuela for a photo shoot. They hire Jim Pendrake to guide them through the jungle. However, the trio run afoul of evil local hunter Caribe.

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Stay Out of the Water. See more »

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Thriller | Drama

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1982 (Norway)  »

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Piranha, Piranha!  »

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Obvious fake head of Caribe drowning. See more »

Quotes

[After their race, that Caribe won]
Art Greene: Congratulations, Caribe.
Caribe: Another try?
Jim Pendrake: No, thanks.
Caribe: So, who wants to see the diamonds now?
Art Greene: Terry, do you wanna see diamonds?
Terry: Not only see them, I want to make pictures of them, my Dear!
Caribe: I'll meet you in half an hour!
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Love All Things That Love the Sun
Written and Sung by Jim Stein
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Lack of balance between piranha and birds!
6 September 2004 | by (Bookseller of the Blue Ridge) – See all my reviews

Desperately seeking diamonds, a band of adventurers discover that life in the wild is not all fun and games. After traveling throughout the land on motorcycles and seeing several scenes of birds, they stop at a local pub to drink heavily and absorb the culture. As they become engulfed into the culture and the land, they gather the aid of a hunter named Caribe that has not only mastered a bike race, but also harbors a darker plan. When they arrive to their destination the sight of diamonds turns to dust as these friends are forced to play prey and predator with an evil that wears a familiar face.

William Gibson directs this poorly acted, scripted, and pause-ridden suspense thriller that is easily lost in the shuffle of modern day cinema. The low budget is very obvious as Gibson riddles the film with overlapping scenes of birds, birds, and more birds to fill time. We are even shown unending scenes of diamond mining and bike racing, leaving nothing to develop characters or story. We are even shorted on the title of this film as there are only two mentions of the flesh eating fish.

Back-stories are underdeveloped leaving us a lack of emotion for the main characters and building an emotionless climax that only gave us hope that the film was over. Nothing was worth saving in this film, unless you enjoy studying birds from different countries (outside of the one that the film takes place). Gibson missed the entire focus of this film and the final result reminds us of a preschooler's first collage where there were tons of images, massive amounts of glue, and no real structure.

Grade: * out of ****


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