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Release Date:
3 August 1978 (USA) See more »
A hideous death lurked unseen in the river... See more »
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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  (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)
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
94 min | USA:106 min (TV version)
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

A "bobbing corpse" that appears in the climactic piranha attack was modeled after Rob Bottin.See more »
Continuity: At the climax, when Maggie is counting to a hundred before pulling Paul out of the water, her countdown is way off. She's either way behind or far ahead of the allotted time.See more »
Reporter:Terror, horror, death. Film at eleven.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in American Grindhouse (2010)See more »


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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
"Something bit me!", 13 October 2003
Author: Backlash007 from Kentucky

The 1978 Roger Corman produced picture Piranha was about…well, piranha. Killer fish escape a government research lab and kill hapless vacationers, fishermen, and scientists. The film could have been real hokey if not for writer John Sayles and director Joe Dante. The two of them would become very successful in Hollywood with the release of The Howling. The cast is full of familiar faces such as Kevin McCarthy, Paul Bartel, Dante regulars Robert Picardo and Dick Miller, and Barbra Steele. The effects are cheesy but that's part of the fun. I believe that they made the best movie about menacing fish that they could. It has just the right mix of comedy and terror and it's entertaining. The Jaws video game was a nice touch too.

"They're eating the guests, sir."

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