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Fierce Creatures (1997)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 24 January 1997 (USA)
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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Don't pet them.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Death Fish II  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$9,202,671 (USA) (28 February 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Ridings plays a character named Hugh Primates who later in the film wears a gorilla suit. Ridings eventually got to play the gorilla Buck through motion capture in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011). See more »

Goofs

The spade that falls from the wall when Vince enters the shed replaces itself. See more »

Quotes

Neville: Mate, Beijing called. We've got the television rights to their public executions.
Rod McCain: Worldwide?
Neville: Five guys a week, guaranteed.
Rod McCain: Beauty.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were injured during the making of this movie, only humans. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The John Cleese Interview (1998) See more »

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Hungry Heart
Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen
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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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