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New York journalist Sue Charlton (Linda Kozlowski) travels to the Australian Outback to interview crocodile hunter Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee (Paul Hogan), an eccentric bushman who runs a safari business in the Northern Territory and who managed to survive a crocodile attack. After spending a few days with Mick on safari, Sue invites him to return to New York with her in order to see the big city, which leads to an amusing clash of two cultures.

No. The screenplay for Crocodile Dundee was a collaborative effort by the movie's star Paul Hogan, Hogan's one-time manager John Cornell (who also produced the movie), and screenwriter Ken Shadie. The movie is based, however, on the true life experiences of Australian Rodney Ansell [1953-1999], who became stranded in the remote Northern Territory in 1977 and managed to survive alone (except for his two dogs) for two months before he was eventually rescued by a group of traveling bushmen. Ansell wrote a book about his experiences, titled To Fight the Wild (1986), which was made into a documentary of the same name. The movie inspired two sequels, 'Crocodile' Dundee II (1988) and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001). A remake of the first movie is in the works, scheduled to begin production in 2011.

The island continent of Australia is a land mass roughly the size of the continental United States. Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Australia's ~22,000,000 inhabitants mostly live along the coast, particularly the southeastern coast that comprises the states of New South Wales and Victoria. The Northern Territory, as its name implies, comprises the vast northern territory in what could roughly be described as the "midwest" of Australia. Most of the Northern Territory, with the exception of the far northern tropical area, is made up of grasslands and a large portion of the Outback Desert. It is sparsely populated, with the majority of its inhabitants living along a highway that connects Darwin with Alice Springs.

When Mick 'Crocodile' Dundee shows his mangled boat to Sue, they are standing on dry ground. Mick comments that, when the crocodile attacked him, he was "fishing" and the ground was covered with 20 feet of water. The wet season in the Northern Territory occurs during the summer months (November to April), so it must have been the dry season (May to October) when Sue was being shown around.

What is a "walkabout"?

A walkabout is an Australian term that refers to a "walking trip," an extended period during which an Australian aborigine goes wandering in the bush as a way of getting in touch with his aboriginal roots or, as Walt (John Meillon) puts it, a way of discovering new things.

What is goanna?

When Mick rustles up some dinner for Sue and himself in the bush, he brings back yams, grubs, sugar ants, and goanna. Goanna refers to various monitor lizards in the genus Varanus that inhabit Australia. There are 30 different species of goanna, 25 of which live in Australia. A photo of a goanna can be seen here.

When Mick checks into his hotel room in New York, he is faced with two toilet fixtures in the same bathroom. Mick recognizes one as a dunny, and Sue tells him that the other one is called a bidet. Dunny is a general Aussie term for a "toilet" used for the typical purpose of relieving oneself. The bidet, devised centuries ago in France, has the appearance of a low-slung, seatless toilet but is actually a sort of water-squirting basin for cleaning one's self after using the toilet.

There are actually two "ladies" in the movie whose gender is questionable. The first one is Gwendoline, who Mick meets when he's having a drink in a bar. Gwendoline turns out to be a man dressed as a woman. However, the character of Gwendoline was played by a woman, actress Anne Carlisle. The second "lady" in question is Fran, who Mick meets at a party he is attending with Sue. Fran turns out to be a woman, and she is played by actress Anne Francine.

Mick calls him a "pelican." It is common in Aussie slang to call a person some sort of animal or bird when trying to say he's an idiot. The assumption in that scene is that Mick is driving on the left side of the road (as he would were he in Australia) when he meets an American driving on the right side of the road, i.e., head-on. "Get on the right side of the road, pelican!" Mick shouts at the guy.

How does the movie end?

After he witnesses Richard (Mark Blum) placing an engagement ring on Sue's finger, Mick decides to go on a walkabout and see America. The next day, he packs his bag, checks out of the hotel, and heads for the subway that will take him to Grand Central Station. Just after he leaves, Sue arrives at the hotel. When she learns that Mick is on his way to Grand Central, she throws off her heels and goes running after him. The platform is extremely crowded, however, and she can't get to Mick, who is standing at the opposite end, so she shouts his name. Two other passengers relay the message to Mick that Sue wants to talk with him. "What does she want?" Mick relays back. "Tell him that I'm not going to marry Richard," Sue shouts. "Why not?" Mick asks. "Because I love you!" she relays. When the message finally gets to Mick, he tries to make his way through the crowd but he can't get to Sue, so he climbs on top of the crowd and walks over the people's shoulders to get to her. In the final scene, they embrace while the crowd cheers.

Not at the end of Crocodile Dundee. In Crocodile Dundee II, Mick and Sue are living together, and in Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, they have a young son. At the end of the third movie, Mick and Sue are officially married in Australia. In real life, however, Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski did marry in 1990, four years after meeting in this movie.

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