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 -  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).

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

piranha | river | fish | u.s. army | police car | See more »

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A hideous death lurked unseen in the river... See more »

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Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 August 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Piraña  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

SEK 1,585,673 (Sweden)
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Trivia

Eric Braeden was originally cast as Paul Grogan, but he pulled out to pursue another project. He had already shot some underwater swimming footage which is used in the film. See more »

Goofs

As Dr. Hoak is attacked by a piranha, he gets onto a raft and his sweater alternates between torn and intact. See more »

Quotes

Maggie McKeown: That guard is still out there.
Paul Grogan: Fine, I need you to distract him.
Maggie McKeown: What for?
Paul Grogan: So I can get away.
Maggie McKeown: So YOU can get away? What about me?
Paul Grogan: Well suit yourself. Just come onto him, tell him what an admirer you are of Army or something like that.
Maggie McKeown: What if he's gay?
Paul Grogan: Then I'll go and distract him!
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Crazy Credits

The FBI warning at the end of the credits ends with the phrase "So There." Producer Jon Davison used the same joke for the FBI warning in his later picture "Airplane." See more »

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Campishly engaging Jaws spin-off
3 August 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

The above OLS pretty much says all there is to be said about this entertaining little flick,which was purchased on the off-chance at a spur-of-the-moment retail indicisiveness.There is just so much to be admired on it's camp levels here.The funny little noises the piranha fish make they're attacking their victims,the rather plain/wooden acting of those in the lead roles,and the inevitably dated effects.Still,it's a good film,worth buying and treasuring.***


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