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Piranha (1978)

 -  Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  3 August 1978 (USA)
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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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They're here...Hungry for flesh! Who can stop them? See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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3 August 1978 (USA)  »

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Piraña  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,585,673 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Piranha (1978) had some documented production problems. There were last-minute cast changes, underwater cameras that kept breaking down, union woes, and unusable second unit footage. It still went on to become one of New World Pictures' biggest hits. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Robert Hoak drives away in the Jeep, the tires make squealing sounds, as if it was driving on asphalt, when in fact it was a gravel road. See more »

Quotes

Whitney: The piranhas...
Buck Gardner: What about the goddamn piranhas?
Whitney: They're eating the guests, sir.
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Crazy Credits

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I always enjoy a river horror.
2 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

I like horror movies that happen along or in rivers. Not that there are many "Shock Waves" and "Empire of the Ants" are the only two that come to mind right now. I do not know why, something about the scenery maybe? This movie is of course about piranha released in a river by two people who should not have been messing around a facility. Of course, if they did what they were supposed to do then there would be no movie. This movie was obviously trying to capitalize on the success of "Jaws", but for me it worked. The piranha are slowly making their way down the river and along the way they run into some kids at camp and this resort place. No one believes that they are coming, but that is the way it is in these movies. A sequel would come later and it would be directed by a then unknown James Cameron and it would be awful and a bit boring. Another piranha movie would be made by Roger Corman in the 90's, but it is essentially the same movie as this only not as good.


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