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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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Laura Dickinson (as Melody Thomas)
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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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There's something in the water at Lost River Lake. Something you can't see...something you can't feel...until it's too late! See more »


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3 August 1978 (USA)  »

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Piraña  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Although implied by the film, the novelization confirms that Paul and Maggie slept together while Hoak is their prisoner. See more »

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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

Maggie McKeown: Are there any other shacks around here?
Paul Grogan: Cabins! This is a cabin!
Maggie McKeown: Well, are there any more of them? Any place they might be hold up in?
Paul Grogan: There's an old fella named Jack who has a place downriver, but he woundn't treat any hospitality towards them. Oh, and there was some kind of Army test site way up on top of the mountain. But that closed down five, six years ago.
Maggie McKeown: C'mon, let's go.
Paul Grogan: To where?
Maggie McKeown: You're taking me up there.
Paul Grogan: Oh NO I'm not!
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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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Fun "Jaws" Rip-Off B Movie
12 March 2014 | by 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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