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Fierce Creatures (1997)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  24 January 1997 (USA)
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Zookeepers struggle to deal with the policies of changing directors.

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A massive corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc., run by a shrewd and cruel tycoon named Rod McCain, purchases a UK-based leisure company, and also the failing London Marwood Zoo. To bring more business to the zoo, Octopus hires a new manager, Rollo Lee, who promptly comes up with a way to increase profits-do away with all the animals except for the ferocious ones. This new Fierce Creatures Policy shocks the Marwood zookeepers, led by the unendingly talkative Adrian "Bugsy" Malone. Eventually, Rod McCain's son Vince, along with the up-and-coming business executive Willa Weston, take control of the zoo and revoke the Fierce Creatures Policy. Vince instead comes up with many under-handed and vicious schemes to attract customers-unauthorized celebrity endorsements, shoddy, overpriced zoo merchandise, and using robotic animals instead of real ones. However, Vince is also stealing from the zoo's funds, and when his father finds out, he rears to turn the zoo into a Japanese-owned golf course.... Written by Josh Martin <jmartin@netarrant.net>

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Rated PG-13 for sexual innuendo and language | See all certifications »

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24 January 1997 (USA)  »

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$3,759,480 (USA) (24 January 1997)

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ITL 856,578,000 (Italy) (28 March 1997)
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Trivia

Apart from featuring many of the same cast and crew, the official movie poster from 'Fierce Creatures' carefully mirrors the one from A Fish Called Wanda (1988): Michael Palin stands on the left, Kevin Kline on the right with his legs slightly spread; John Cleese is standing at the back, with Jamie Lee Curtis sitting on a chair in the middle with her right leg over the left, while holding an animal. The four actors are even credited in the same order. See more »

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When Vince says 'I am not a wuss' to Rod, John Cleese in the background also mouths the line. See more »

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[the staff are now all reluctantly wearing animal costumes]
Vince McCain: And I want to thank you all, personally, for the incredible enthusiasm that you've shown vis-à-vis our latest new innovative initiative. You look fantastic. You're no longer a bunch of smelly old animal keepers. No, as of today, you are official Theme Zoo Visitation Enhancement Facilitators.
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Hungry Heart
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This comedy is a lot of fun, if you are a fan of "A Fish Called Wanda".
12 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When a old farting heartless corporate mogul (Oscar-Winner:Kevin Kline) takes over a failing Zoo. The mogul is hoping to make money out of it by hiring a new Zoo director (John Clesse) by making the animals fiercer under the supervision of a bright business woman (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the dumb mogul's son (Played by Kline also). The new Zoo director has to deal with a resentful staff and other complications.

Directed by Robert Young (Splitting Heirs) and Fred Schepisi (Mr. Baseball, Roxanne, Six Digress of Separation) made an uneven but entertaining fitfully comedy that doesn't quite pays off as it should but it is Kline's comedic dual performance comes off best. The sexual tension between Clesse and Curtis is quite funny also. The film was originally filmed in 1995 by Young and then largely re-filmed by Schepisi. Then they edited Young's and Schepisi's version together into one film. Clesse, Curtis, Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken and Cynthia Clesse. Which the six actors are in this film, also were together before in the instant classic comedy "A Fish Called Wanda". Panavision. (****/*****).


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