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Piranha (1978)

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


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Piraña  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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In the novelization, Brandy dies as well when she jumps in the water after the piranha to avenge Jack. Since she isn't seen again after Jack's body is found, that scene was probably cut from the film. 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: So did you start drinking before or after your wife divorced you?
Paul Grogan: What the hell kind of question is THAT?
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Crazy Credits

The title sinks into the pond water at the start, and turns it blood red. Over the end credits, we hear the sound of piranhas swimming in the ocean. The water turns red as well. See more »

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Referenced in Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) See more »

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Fun "Jaws" Rip-Off B Movie
12 March 2014 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

I give "Piranha" a fairly high rating not because it's a great movie (like "Jaws") but because of its high entertainment value -- it's just a FUN ride!

The film was recorded along a river near San Marcos in the heart of Texas (Northeast of San Antonio). It's highlighted by numerous peripheral cuties with the alluring Belinda Balaski (from "The Howling") and Melody Thomas Scott (from "The Young and the Restless") featured in fairly prominent roles.

"Piranha" is widely (and inexplicably) available at a very low price and is well worth it. Enjoy!

The movie is lean and filler-free at 92 minutes.

GRADE: A-


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