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Piranha (1978)

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When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

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

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Lost River Lake was a thriving resort - until they discovered... See more »

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3 August 1978 (USA)  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The novelization also fills in some trivia about Maggie. When her boyfriend just walked out on her, she hired a skip-tracer to find him. She got so hooked on the process she decided to become one herself. By the time she caught up with her ex, she wasn't interested anymore in why he left. See more »

Goofs

The water skier is doing his runs on the river. He is wearing a orange life jacket, but when he falls into the water the jacket is yellow. 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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Pretty mundane spoof of Jaws!
18 June 2015 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Dante's movies are either hit or miss for me. This one was a huge miss. It wasn't that funny or thrilling for me. They were clearly trying to cash in on the Jaws fame by making a spoof, but he fails miserably. Everybody takes everything seriously in this film. I was just completely bored throughout the entire thing. The attacks are dull and lack suspense. There were no interesting characters, even though the actors seemed to be game. Greats like Steele and McCarthy add some much needed class to this movie, but I disliked everything else. If you wanna watch a really fun Piranha movie, watch Piranha 3D (NOT the crappy sequel, Piranha 3DD)

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