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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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$600,000 (estimated)
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Peter Fonda was originally offered the role of Paul Grogan, but turned it down. See more »

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Looking at the Commanding Officers ribbons, they are up side down. However, they are turned over in his next close up. See more »

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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 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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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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