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Director:
Writers:
Richard Robinson (story) and
John Sayles (story) ...
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Release Date:
3 August 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A hideous death lurked unseen in the river... See more »
Plot:
When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal. See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bradford Dillman ... Paul Grogan

Heather Menzies-Urich ... Maggie McKeown (as Heather Menzies)

Kevin McCarthy ... Dr. Robert Hoak

Keenan Wynn ... Jack

Dick Miller ... Buck Gardner

Barbara Steele ... Dr. Mengers

Belinda Balaski ... Betsy

Melody Thomas Scott ... Laura Dickinson (as Melody Thomas)
Bruce Gordon ... Colonel Waxman

Barry Brown ... Trooper

Paul Bartel ... Mr. Dumont
Shannon Collins ... Suzie Grogan
Shawn Nelson ... Whitney

Richard Deacon ... Earl Lyon
Janie Squire ... Barbara Randolph
Roger Richman ... David
Bill Smillie ... Jailer
Guich Koock ... TV Pitchman
Jack Pauleson ... Boy in Canoe
Eric Henshaw ... Father in Canoe
Robert Vinson ... Soldier
Virginia Dunnam ... Girl

Diamond Farnsworth ... Water-skier (as Hill Farnsworth)

Bruce Paul Barbour ... Man in Boat (as Bruce Barbour)
Robyn Ray ... Screaming Woman
Mike Sullivan ... Dam Guard
Jack Cardwell ... Brandy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sally Bondi ... Swimming Deb (uncredited)

Eric Braeden ... Dr. Robert Hoak (swimming double) (uncredited)

Joe Dante ... Scuba Diver #2 (uncredited)
Amy Holden Jones ... Hertz Clerk (uncredited)
Andrew G. La Marca ... Scuba Diver #1 (uncredited)

John Sayles ... Army Sentry (uncredited)

Phil Tippett ... Scuba Diver #3 (victim) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Dante 
 
Writing credits
Richard Robinson (story) and
John Sayles (story)

John Sayles (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... executive producer
Jon Davison .... producer
Chako van Leeuwen .... co-producer (as Chako Van Leeuwen)
Jeff Schechtman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
 
Cinematography by
Jamie Anderson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Dante 
Mark Goldblatt 
 
Casting by
Susan Arnold 
 
Art Direction by
Bill Mellin 
Kerry Mellin 
 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Ayers 
 
Makeup Department
Rob Bottin .... special makeup
Vincent Prentice .... special makeup
 
Production Management
Thomas M. Hammel .... production manager: second unit
Tom Jacobson .... production manager
Harry Wowchuk .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles H. Eglee .... assistant director (as Charles Eglee)
Greg Gears .... assistant director
Dick Lowry .... second unit director
Costa Mantis .... background director
 
Art Department
Tim Doughten .... assistant art director
Kathleen Hughes .... property master
Kevin Hughes .... property master
 
Sound Department
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor (as Richard Anderson)
Teresa Eckton .... sound effects editor (as Terry Eckton)
Joel Goldsmith .... location sound mixer
Anthony Santa Croce .... boom operator (as Tony Santa Croce)
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound effects editor (as Dave Yewdall)
Velcie Yewdall .... foley artist
Kendrick Sweet .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Douglas Barnett .... mechanical effects (as Doug Barnett)
Jon Berg .... special effects
Dave Morton .... mechanical effects
Robert Short .... special properties
Chris Walas .... special properties
 
Visual Effects by
Adam Beckett .... animator
Bill Hedge .... photographic effects
Peter Kuran .... photographic effects
Pat O'Neill .... special opticals
Jules Roman .... effects assistant (as Jools Tippett)
Jerome Seven .... effects assistant
Rick Taylor .... photographic effects
Phil Tippett .... creature designer and animator
Chris Casady .... photographic effects (uncredited)
Phil Tippett .... model construction (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Roger Creed .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
Nick Palmisano .... stunts
Bobby Sargent .... stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Daniel Adams .... best boy (as Dan Adams)
Ted Boehler .... still photographer
Chris Brightman .... grip
Clyde E. Bryan .... assistant camera: second unit (as Clyde Bryan)
Scott Buttfield .... grip: second unit
Dana Christiaansen .... assistant camera
Bill Decker .... grip
Ben Haller .... key grip
M. Todd Henry .... director of photography: second unit
Michael Katz .... gaffer (as M.W. Katz)
Andrew G. La Marca .... assistant camera (as Andy La Marca)
Moshe Levin .... grip: second unit (as Moshe Levine)
O.C. Perkins .... still photographer
Eric Stoner .... underwater grip
Lynn Troupe .... underwater grip
Christopher Tufty .... assistant camera: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Buehler .... wardrobe assistant
Linda Pearl .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Brenda Balanda .... assistant editor
Stacy Russo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Natale Massara .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Michael K. Davis .... driver: grip (as Michael Goldson)
 
Other crew
Jim Boni .... production assistant
Robert Brown .... production assistant
William Decker .... dog wrangler
Jeffrey M. Hoffman .... production assistant (as Jeff Hoffman)
Nava Jacoby .... location auditor
David Kayler .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Michael Martin .... production assistant
Sharron Reynolds .... production secretary
Jeanne Rosenberg .... script supervisor
John Smead .... scuba instructor
Ashley Stieglitz .... production secretary
Ed Tarbutton .... production assistant
Harry Wowchuk .... location manager
Susan Arnold .... adr voice (uncredited)
Taira Rosales .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
94 min | USA:106 min (TV version)
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (2010) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1984) (cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1978) (uncut) | France:-12 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The video game that Maggie (Heather Menzies-Urich) is playing toward the beginning of the movie is "Jaws".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
This movie bites....in a good way., 15 November 2004
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

In the wake of "Jaws" came countless man vs. nature flicks with everything from bees to grizzly bears to frogs coming out to get man back for his crimes against the ecology (and don't forget "Night of the Lepus" in which huge bunny rabbits munched on hapless victims!) This film is considered one of the best imitators, primarily because of its tongue-in-cheek approach and it's deliberately campy writing and casting. Menzies is a hotshot missing persons expert who goes in search of two young hikers who have disappeared. She enlists the aid of hermit-like Dillman who lives near an abandoned government testing facility where the hikers were last suspected to have been. When they come upon a murky tank and believe the bodies could be at the bottom, Menzies releases the contents, unwittingly unleashing a school of vicious, genetically-altered piranha onto an unsuspecting river full of camp kids and park revelers. From there, it's a race against the clock to get to Dillman's young daughter who is about to enter a camp relay race in the water downstream. The film is deliberately peppered with actors who've made their mark in either horror or suspense films and it makes no pretenses about its lack of originality (though it does manage to come up with some despite itself!) Dillman (sporting an atrocious come-and-go Southern accent) and Menzies have a surprisingly decent rapport with each other with a few amusing scenes tossed in amongst all the panic. McCarthy pops up as a terrified scientist who knows his plans have gone awry. Wynn has a cameo as a gruff, but likable neighbor of Dillman's. Steele plays an ominous scientist in cahoots with Army colonel Gordon to keep the whole situation under wraps. Bartel is the persnickety camp counselor and Miller is the smarmy amusement park owner, both of whom disbelieve that there's any danger. Despite it's minuscule budget and rather homemade effects, the film does generate a bit of eye-opening gore and more than a little discomfort as these tiny fish nibble away at anything in the water. If "Jaws" caused people to avoid the ocean, this film could make people think twice about cloudy rivers and lakes! The murkiness of the water only adds to the horror of it all as the bikini-clad tourists and innertube-wielding kids can't begin to see what's coming. It's just a sting, then a nibble, then blood everywhere! Some of the effects are tacky and amusing, but there's a certain level of true fear as well. If one likes this genre to begin with, it will probably be a pleasure to watch. Others may be less enthralled.

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