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Death is only one bite away.
In the Australian outback, a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant crocodile... See more » | Add synopsis »
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John Jarratt ... Steve Harris
Nikki Coghill ... Cathy Pope
Max Phipps ... John Besser
Burnham Burnham ... Oondabund

David Gulpilil ... Adjaral

Ray Meagher ... Rex Garret
Jeff Ashby ... Mac Wilson
Paul Bertram ... Jackson
Ron Blanchard ... Bluey Noakes
Gerry Duggan ... Joe Blunt
Ken Radley ... Reynolds
Janet Kingsbury ... Ann Wilson
James Fitzgerald ... Smithy
Hank Mosby ... Hitchens
James Mann ... Hitching
Jock McCullum ... King

Chris Anderson ... Thug
Barry Cummings ... Tough 2
Robert Anderson ... Jacobs
Regan Leftwich ... Boy Victim
Kaylene Leftwich ... Nancy
Trudi Johnson ... Receptionist
Colin MacDonald ... Gerry
Elaine Mangan ... TV Reporter
Adrian Barber ... Press Reporter
Mark Hashfield ... Weighbridge Inspector
Harry Reid ... Harbour Master
Barry Graham ... Skipper
John Sintome ... Policeman
Christopher Gay ... Policeman
John Schofield ... Policeman
Mark Spencer ... Constable
David Albert Taylor ... Sergeant
Luke Cummings ... Riverman
William Brady ... Riverman
Geoff O'Halloran ... Waiter 1
Lance Riley ... Singing Elder
R. Wunungmurra ... Dance Troupe
J. Wunungmurra ... Dance Troupe
J. Wanambi ... Dance Troupe
D. Mununggurr ... Dance Troupe
P. Mununggurr ... Dance Troupe
F. Mununggurr ... Dance Troupe
Bertie Riley ... Boy Dancer
Herbert Riley ... Boy Dancer
Garth Riley ... Boy Dancer
Ffloyd Riley ... Boy Dancer
Ernest Riley ... Boy Dancer
Leslie Hobbler ... Boy Dancer
Fabian Riley ... Boy Dancer
Ronston Newberry ... Boy Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cameron Blakely ... Thug

Directed by
Arch Nicholson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sonia Borg 
Stephen Cross  screenplay
Tony Morphett  screenplay
Grahame Webb  novel

Produced by
Basil Appleby .... producer
Bill Gavin .... executive producer (as William Gavin)
Antony I. Ginnane .... executive producer
Original Music by
Danny Beckermann 
Cinematography by
Andrew Lesnie (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Adrian Carr 
Production Design by
David Copping 
Production Management
Renate Wilson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adrian Carr .... second unit director
Barry Hall .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andrew Gardiner .... carpenter
Sound Department
Phil Judd .... re-recording mixer
Mark J. Wasiutak .... boom operator
Gary Wilkins .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... visual effects
Chris Anderson .... stunt coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Benjamin .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Robin Gray .... music scoring engineer

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Also Known As:
"Blood Surf 2" - Philippines (English title) (bootleg title)
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91 min
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After 14 years in October 2011, the film is being released for the first time in its home country Australia.See more »
Rex Garret:Now you give me one good reason why crocodiles should be protected. Just one!
Rex Garret, Steve Harris:One good reason? For 200 million years there's been a croc-like-animal... they were here at the time of the dinosaurs. For 200 million years! And we've taken them to the brink of extinction in 20.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
"Croc lover!", 15 March 2012
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

You want a good crocodile flick which gives you the carnage but also well-meaning in its context, then you can't look any further than the 1987 Aussie exploitation ecological monster fare "Dark Age" starring a very young John Jarrett (who would be best remembered for his unnerving performance in 2005 horror feature "Wolf Creek") playing a Northern Territory park ranger Steve who's in-charge of conserving the disappearing crocodile population. But things go bad to worse, when locals start becoming a target for one very large crocodile and the hunters of the area (who always seem to a beer can in their hand) go about trying to wipe out the species. But Steve has a plan, but needs the help of an aboriginal elder who believes the crocodile to be sacred. You could probably say this was Australia's answer to "Jaws" and it would do a good job of scaring you out of the water. The material doesn't go into a lot depth with the character dramas (though they are there), but it effectively draws upon its conservational message but never letting it get in the way of a good jolt. Sonia Borg's smartly penned screenplay gels all elements rather well. Director Arch Nicholson (who also did the excellent 1986 made-for-TV survival hostage flick "Fortress") crafts out an exciting outback adventure, using conventional genre staples with unsparing force and the atmospherics of the terrain provided some arresting sequences of beauty and chills. Even the characters interactions draw up intensity, but it's the attack scenes which will stay with you. Watching the croc prey on its victims, then in a matter of seconds have them in a vice grip as we hear their bones crunching under the pressure with blood engulfing the water is an unnerving sight. But just seeing this creation in its glory is scary enough and the effects are outstanding, despite that it might seem a bit stiff in its movements. It's well shot and the camera uses different angles, which also helps. The performances are all game with some memorable turns by Max Phipps as gun-happy hunter John Besser, Nikki Goghill (whose blue eyes really stand out) as Steve's girlfriend Cathy, Burnam Burnam as the native elder Oonadabund and David Gulpill as his fellow tracker Adjaral. It had been awhile seen I last saw it and it surprised how well it actually stood up. Great nature-runs-amok outing which would make a perfect double bill with "Razorback".

"We born. We die. Spirit lives."

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